Michael H. Cook has joined Baker & McKenzie as a Partner in its newly expanded North American Health Law Practice. Cook will work together with a group of four health law lawyers who joined the Firm’s Dallas office in September. All join Baker & McKenzie from Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C.

Cook will address the regulatory needs of client health care entities and their trade associations, with emphasis on hospitals, long-term care and accredited living facilities, and other post-acute providers and suppliers. He will work with clients on matters involving reimbursement under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, licensure and certification issues, HIPPA compliance, corporate compliance, fraud and abuse, integrated networks, and other regulatory issues.

The North American Health Law Practice, including Cook (DC), Partners Kenneth Gordon and Wilson Jones (Dallas) and associates Pamela Nix and Nneka Egbuniwe (Dallas), will focus not only on healthcare mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other corporate transactional matters unique to healthcare providers and all participants in the healthcare industry, but also on a diverse range of regulatory and other specialty issues facing providers, suppliers, and vendors involved in the healthcare industry. They expand Baker & McKenzie’s current health law capabilities, which include a European Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Practice Group comprising over 50 lawyers from 17 offices within the European region.

“Baker & McKenzie recognized an opportunity for growth in the health law area within North America and has since attracted five leading health law attorneys,” said Tom Egan, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Washington, D.C. office. “Michael brings important expertise specific to the operation of health care providers and institutions and the complex transactions and regulations that are unique to health care delivery. We are thrilled to welcome him to the DC office to satisfy the regulatory needs of clients in this area of law.”

Cook began his legal career in 1973 with the Office of General Counsel for the United States Department of Health, Education & Welfare, and its successor, the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He left government for private practice in 1981, serving at Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein (1981-1990); Katten, Muchin & Zavis (1991-1997) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. before joining Jenkins & Gilchrist in 1998. He is a graduate of Temple University and Villanova University School of Law.

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