M. Steven Lipton

Of Counsel

M. Steven Lipton focuses on general hospital representation, including hospital operations, physician contracting, regulatory and compliance matters and health care transactions. His practice includes corporate governance, licensing, fraud and abuse, and PACE organizations. Steve also focuses on EMTALA investigations, compliance, training and counseling.

He received a B.A. Degree from University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. Degree from University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Representative Matters

  • General representation of health care providers and systems in corporate, regulatory, compliance and contracting and transactions, including corporate governance, facility operations, and physician contracting (medical direction, professional services, recruitment and on-call)
  • Representing providers in physician alignment strategies, including foundations, clinics, practice management, joint ventures and medical group arrangements
  • Representing providers in compliance matters, including counseling, educating and defending providers in Stark, fraud and abuse, EMTALA, licensing, accreditation and certification issues


University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.


  • Best Lawyers
  • Health Care Law (Compliance), 2003-2023

  • Chambers USA
  • Named as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation (National), 2010; Healthcare Law (California), 2005-Present

  • Woodward/White
  • Named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Health Care Law, 2001-Present; Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law, San Francisco 2010

  • Super Lawyers, Northern California
  • Health Care Law, 2006-2013

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • California Center for Public Health Advocacy
  • Board of Directors, 2009-Present

  • California State Assembly Health Committee
  • Staff Counsel, 1973-1977

  • California State Bar Association
  • Health Law Committee, Member, 2003-2005; Co-Chair, 2005-2006

  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Regional Executive (Region 11), 2001-2002

  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Northern California Chapter
  • President, 1996-97; Board Member, 1989-99

  • University of Southern California
  • Adjunct Professor, School for Public Administration Program, 1984-1994

  • U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Lecturer, “Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery,” 2004-2014