For decades, Wiggin and Dana has been home to one of the largest, most extensive and experienced health law practices in the region. Health care organizations and providers of all types—as well as state and national associations and professional societies active in health care policy issues—count on us to provide general and special counsel across a wide spectrum of issues.

Wiggin and Dana's health care department has consistently been ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers USA Guide. Quotes from clients include: "they are technically excellent but they also understand the practical implications" and "the breadth of their knowledge and the depth of their bench is excellent." Attorneys recognized are Melinda Agsten, Michelle Wilcox DeBarge, Merton Gollaher, Rebecca Matthews and Maureen Weaver.

Our clients include academic medical centers, hospitals and hospital systems; long-term care facilities; continuing care retirement communities; assisted living facilities; ambulatory care facilities; PACE organizations; home health care agencies; hospices; pharmaceutical manufacturers and retail pharmacies; ambulance providers; durable medical equipment suppliers; specialty payors; preferred provider organizations and benefits management companies; physicians and other individual practitioners. We also serve as counsel to health-care focused associations, such as the Connecticut Hospital Association, LeadingAge Connecticut, the Connecticut State Dental Association and the National PACE Association. In addition to health care providers and provider associations, we counsel entities involved in various aspects of health care delivery and administration, such as health plans and health networks; third-party administrators; wellness providers; tele-health and information technology companies; data management and analytics firms; and mobile and digital health organizations.

In helping our clients, we address a full range of laws that affect health care, including licensure, change of ownership, certificates of need, patient care, risk management, fraud and abuse and reimbursement and payor matters. Our attorneys appear regularly before the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, and Connecticut Departments of Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Children and Families.

Our team also includes seasoned corporate lawyers with health care experience who handle transactional matters for health care providers of all kinds. These range from employment relationships to complex collaboration arrangements to full corporate affiliations via merger, acquisition or member substitution.

Practice concentrations within the Health Care Department include:

  • Academic Medical Centers, Health Systems and Hospitals

  • Clinical Research Regulation and Compliance

  • Health Care Business Transactions

  • Health Care Compliance, Fraud and Abuse


  • Home Health Care and Hospice

  • Long Term Care and Senior Living

  • Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement

  • Tax Exempt Health Care Organizations