Clifford D. Stromberg

Clifford D. Stromberg

Partner, Washington, D.C.

Cliff Stromberg is widely recognized as a national leader in negotiating complex transactions for academic medical centers, hospitals, managed care organizations, and other health care clients. He is a trusted advisor to boards and management in conceptualizing deal options and assessing the pros and cons of different moves in the market. He finds creative solutions and knows how to both negotiate hard and "get to yes."

He and his team have closed billions of dollars of health care deals in recent years. They have advised more than half of the leading academic medical centers in the nation and more than a dozen state and local governments on major strategic transactions. Cliff and his team can offer clients insights into best practices and emerging trends. They serve as an efficient "SWAT team," bringing together legal experience and knowledge across all the operational areas embedded in a complex deal. They help clients realistically assess what works and what doesn't, and how best to secure their goals.

Cliff also knows the expanding world of managed care, population health, accountable care organizations, and clinically integrated networks. His prior experience in government and his roles in creating, selling, combining, and restructuring managed care plans enable him to help clients stay ahead of the curve in this arena.

According to Chambers USA 2017, "Interviewees describe Cliff Stromberg as an extraordinary, almost unique resource in terms of his ability to help... think things through and get things done. He frequently advises on high-value transactions."

The Financial Times, in naming Hogan Lovells as one of the "most innovative" law firms, cited as one example Cliff's ability at "managing complexity and scale" in a large hospital transaction.

Awards and recognitions


Healthcare (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA


Acritas Star: Healthcare, M&A
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Healthcare: Service Providers, Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Harvard Law School, Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review, 1974

B.A., Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholarship, 1971


Former Chair, Working Group on Health Care Reform, ABA

Former Governing Board Member, Forum Committee on Health Law, ABA

Former Advisory Committee Member, Governmental Affairs, ABA

Former Chair, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA

Former State Membership Chairman, District of Columbia, ABA

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association (ABA)

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Related industries

Life Sciences and Health Care

Related practices

Health Law

Related areas of focus

Hospitals and Health Care Providers

Representative experience

Counsel to Vanderbilt University in spinoff of the entire Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Counsel to Carolinas HealthCare System in several transactions.

Counsel to University of California on several hospital transactions.

Counsel to Penn State Hershey in an innovative joint venture with Highmark.

Counsel to University of Colorado Health in creating joint operating agreement with PVHS, and in acquiring (by lease) Memorial Hospital.

Counsel to Saint Louis University in purchasing its hospital back from Tenet and merging it with the SSM Health System.

Counsel to Georgetown University in its merger into MedStar Health.

Sale of Holy Spirit Health System to Geisinger Health Services.

Sale of Hamot Medical Center and Altoona Regional Healthcare to UPMC.

Counsel to the University of Minnesota on several transactions.

Restructuring of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

Counsel to Emory Healthcare on a variety of transactions.

Purchase of three hospitals by the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Creation of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by joint operating agreement.

Restructuring of the Nebraska Medical Center.

Advising a large health system on creating clinically integrated networks in a number of states.

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