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Clifford D. Stromberg

Washington, D.C.

Clifford D. Stromberg

Cliff Stromberg is widely recognized as a national leader in negotiating complex transactions for academic medical centers, hospitals, managed care organizations, and other healthcare 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 healthcare 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.

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.

"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."

Chambers USA 2017

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.

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.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholarship, Yale University


  • 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, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, 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


Acritas Star: Healthcare, M&A

Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Healthcare (District of Columbia)

Chambers USA


Healthcare: Service Providers, Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 US

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