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Mark A. Sterling

Of Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Mark A. Sterling
+1 202 637 6850 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
Practice Group

For over 30 years, Mark Sterling has been privileged to serve as strategic advisor to mission-driven healthcare organizations. He is in his element when helping clients navigate through uncharted terrain to break new ground and achieve their business objectives.

To that end, Mark has structured public-private partnerships to establish new biomedical and genomic research institutes, and worked to develop and expand a number of innovative programs serving the frail and elderly and those approaching end of life.

Mark has unique experience having served as the first general counsel and the chief strategic officer of a leading healthcare services provider. He was also a member of the original HHS negotiated rulemaking committee and a senior fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative — an in-residence program for accomplished leaders from around the globe who wish to tackle critical social problems. Mark was a founding member of the firm's healthcare practice based in Washington D.C., where he practiced for over 14 years before moving to Florida.

Mark's practice has a particular emphasis on federal and state regulation, and on providing strategic and practical advice regarding health policy issues and the structuring and regulation of new programs and ventures. He has represented clients on wide-ranging matters, including corporate transactions, compliance, reimbursement and coverage, governance, privacy and technology, fraud and abuse, licensure, investigations, funding opportunities, and strategic relationships.

Mark was instrumental in establishing the Miami office of Hogan Lovells, and for over a decade he served as the office's Administrative Partner, leader of its health and regulatory practices, and chair of its recruiting committee. In law school, Mark was managing editor of The Michigan Law Review.

"Noted for his deep regulatory expertise, advising on state and federal policy."

Chambers USA

Representative experience

Represented The Jackson Laboratory in a public-private partnership transaction to create a new US$1.2bn genomics research laboratory.

Represented The Scripps Research Institute in establishing Scripps Florida, intended to be a catalyst for creating a biotechnology cluster in Florida.

Represented a leading healthcare provider in a complex merger transaction with a publicly traded company, including numerous regulatory approvals.

Advised Fortune 50 company regarding regulatory, compliance, and safety issues relating to ownership of assisted living facilities in multiple states.

Advised hospital system in joint clinical research collaboration with a medical research institution operating in multiple Latin American sites.

Developed and implemented compliance programs and medical privacy protocols for healthcare providers and systems.

Advised leading healthcare systems in corporate restructurings and reorganizations into holding company structures.

Represented leading hospital in obtaining emergency preliminary injunction to block cease-and-desist order that would have forced hospital shut-down.

Represented national provider to obtain dismissal of relator's claims brought under the federal False Claims Act, including upholding on appeal.

Represented provider in multi-jurisdictional government investigations of practices involving billing to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Advised Major League Baseball Club regarding privacy issues raised by investigation into use of illegal steroids and performance-enhancing substances.

Represented provider in structuring and implementing a pilot program to provide services allowing nursing home-bound patients to remain at home.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1979
  • M.P.P., University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 1978
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1976


  • Former Board Chairman, Hospice Care of the District of Columbia
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Comprehensive Care Management Corporation

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia


Healthcare (Florida)

Chambers USA


Heavy Hitters in Health Care

South Florida Business Journal


Outstanding Hospital Lawyers

Nightingale's Health Care News


The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law (2007-2016) and Biotechnology Law (2012-2016)

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