Leslie J. Levinson


  • Overview


    Les Levinson is co-chair of the firm's Transactional Health Law Group, and a member of both the Health Law and Business Transaction Groups. Mr. Levinson has represented private and public businesses throughout his more than 30-year career. Although he maintains an active business law practice, he concentrates on the transactional, regulatory, and compliance representation of health care and life science clients, including home care and hospice companies, physician practices, hospitals, information technology and medical device companies, health care equipment providers, and health care investors and lenders. Mr. Levinson brings a proactive approach to problem solving. He assists clients by anticipating issues and implementing creative and cost-effective strategies and solutions.


    Mr. Levinson has extensive experience in both health care and life science–related and non–health care industry transactions. He has completed more than 300 mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. 

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    In his transactional practice, Mr. Levinson represents health care, life science, corporate and private equity clients, and other public and privately owned companies in a wide range of domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, including leveraged buyouts. He advises buyers and sellers on structuring transactions and negotiating acquisition and financing agreements.

    Venture Capital and Equity Financings

    Mr. Levinson counsels emerging, high-growth companies and entrepreneurs in capital raise transactions, including advice in connection with investment purchase agreements, convertible notes, charter documents, stockholder agreements, and operating agreements.

    General Corporate Matters

    Mr. Levinson also maintains an active corporate and business law practice, with an emphasis on transactional matters, including M&A for both public and private companies, securities matters, credit and finance transactions, restructurings and workouts, commercial and business agreements of all kinds, and business counseling. He regularly counsels boards and board committees, and he has served and continues to serve as corporate secretary to public and private companies.


    Mr. Levinson also provides counsel to health care providers on federal and state licensure change of control, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, compliance with the Stark law, false claims, licensure, government investigations, physician recruitment, reimbursement, privacy of medical information, compliance program development, self-disclosures, and general federal and state health care compliance counseling.

    Mr. Levinson is a frequent author, speaker, and commentator on health care and business matters as well as a contributor to Robinson+Cole’s health law blog, Health Law Diagnosis. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Edwards Wildman, where he was the chair of the health care practice. Mr. Levinson serves on a number of outside advisory boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Berman Institute on Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University and DealZumo.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represented a family office in its investment in a developmental stage life science company, which was subsequently sold to a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company.

      • Represented a national home care company in the acquisition of a large home care company serving parts of suburban New York City.

      • Represented a national home care company in the acquisition of another home care provider in Ohio.

      • Represented a national home care provider in the acquisition of a Tennessee home care provider.

      • Represented a national home care provider in the acquisition of a Virginia home care provider.

      • Represented a national home care company in the acquisition of the New Mexico home care provider.

      • Represented a New York–based home care provider in the acquisition of a New York City–based certified home care agency.

      • Represented a New York home care company in the acquisition of a Westchester County home care company.

      • Represented a home care and hospice provider in the acquisition of an Indiana-based home care and hospice provider.

      • Regular representation of health care providers in asset and stock acquisitions and dispositions.

      • Routinely represent healthcare providers in connection with payor agreements, joint venture, operating agreements and commercial arrangements of all types.

      • Representation of debtors and creditors in out-of-court and bankruptcy proceedings, including restructurings and refinancings.

      • Regular representation of investors, lenders, underwriters and other intermediaries in capital raising and advisory transactions.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Federal Regulation of Securities Section

      New York State Bar Association
      Health Law Section

      Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University
      Advisory Board

      Law360’s Health Law Newsletter
      Advisory Board

      American Health Lawyers Association

      National Advisory Board
    • Publications


      "Where Some See Healthcare Challenges, PE Sees Roll-Up Opportunity," published in Privcap Healthcare Insider, interviewed for the article (9/7/2016)
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      "What’s Motivating Healthcare Sales to PE?" published in Privcap Media's Healthcare Game Change Report, an interview that features Mr. Levinson's thoughts on the factors that play into decisions by companies in the healthcare space to sell to private equity funds (2016)

      "ACA, Health Care Overpayments and the 60-Day Rule," published in Law360, co-authored with Nathaniel T. Arden and Conor O. Duffy (5/26/2015)

      "Practice-buying will slow in 2015—but some markets will keep booming," published in Part B News, quoted in an edition featuring 2015 predictions in the health care system (1/5/2015)

      "Recent Case Law Extends Stark Law to Medicaid," published in Becker's Hospital Review, co-authored with Nathaniel T. Arden (12/2/2014)

      "What healthcare providers should know about reverse false claims," published in FierceHealthcare (8/12/2014)

      "CMS Unveils Website and Call Center for Exchanges; CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Exchange Operation," co-author, published in Healthcare Update (6/2013)

      "Antitrust Lessons from Interplay of Hospitals, Doc Groups," published in Law360, coauthor (4/8/2013)

      "Health Care Providers, Be Prepared for Sequester Cuts," published in Law360, co-author (3/20/2013)

      "The Regulatory Beat in Health Care Goes On," published in New York Law Journal, co-author (12/17/2012)

      "From the Bar...Demystifying D&O Coverange," published in SEC Trends & Developments, co-author (9/2012)

      "Reimbursement cliff Is driving M&A activity," published in Healthcare Finance News (5/2012)

      "CMS releases 2012 Medicare physician fee schedule; physicians face 27.4 % cut," published in Lexology, co-author (11/7/2011)
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      "CMS to begin bundled payments," published in Lexology, co-author (7/25/2011)

      "Reviving a Widely Criticized Health Care Proposal," published in New York Law Journal, co-author (7/25/2011)

      "FTC and Texas Align to Challenge Physician Network for Price Fixing," published in Becker's Hospital Review, co-author (5/27/2011)

      "It's 2010: Do You Know Where Your D&O Policy Is?" published in SEC Trends & Developments (1/2010)

      "Ownership Successor Liability," published in Provider Magazine, co-author (1/2010)

      "The Role of a Transactional Health Care Lawyer," published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (1/2008)

      "Transactional Health Care: A Bird's Eye View," published in Inside the Minds: Structuring Health Care Partnerships, Agreements and M&A Transactions (2007)

      "Outsourcing Nonclinical Services in Health Care," published in Garden State Focus (6-7/2003)

      "Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Impact on Life Science Companies," published in New Jersey Life Sciences Technology Quarterly (2003)

      "Health Care Financing Transactions: Recent Developments," published in Health Law Journal (2001)

      "A Guide to the SEC's Small Business Initiative," published in Seton Hall Legislative Journal (1993)

      "Tapping Equity Markets for Small Businesses: The SCOR Alternative," published in Securities & Commodities Regulation (1992)

      "A Secured Lender's Duty to Unsecured Creditors in an LBO: Crowthers McCall Pattern, Inc.," published in Lender Liability News (1991)

      "Loan Participation Agreements: Back to Basics," published in Lender Liability News (11/28/1990)

      "The Application of the Investment Company Act of 1940 to Two-Tiered Partnerships: Is It Really Necessary?" published in University of Pittsburgh Journal of Law and Commerce (1984)

      "General Partnership Interests and the Securities Act of 1933," published in Ohio Northern University Law Review (1983)

      "Real Estate Investments, Public Offerings and the New York Real Estate Syndicate Act," published in St. John's University Law Review (1983)

    • Presentations


      "A Fresh Look at Dividend Recaps," webinar, moderated and served as a panelist (9/19/2017)
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      "Private Equity Investing in Health Care: Midyear Update," co-presented with Slava Girzhel, a managing director at KeyBanc Capital Markets; John Pouchine, a principal at Pouchine Cook Capital Management, and Eb LeMaster, a managing director at Ponder &Co., webinar (6/27/2017)
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      "Fundamentals–The Art of the Deal: Getting Your Deal Done," at an American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) program in Nashville, Tennessee (4/26/2017)
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      "Home Health & Hospice: Buying, Selling and Valuing," panelist for webinar presented by Irving Levin Associates (4/20/2017)
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      "Managed Care," moderator, at the Home Care 100 Leadership & Strategy Conference in Amelia Island, Florida (2/6/2017)
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      "Featured Deals of 2016," at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) Healthcare Leadership Conference in Washington, DC (12/12/2016)
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      "Bundled Payment Programs Post Election—What the C-suite Needs to Know," co-presented with Brian D. Nichols and Dave Terry of Archway Health, webinar (12/8/2016)
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      "What’s Driving Healthcare Private Equity Deal Flow?" co-presented with John McKernan of The Riverside Company and Adam Dolder of Great Point Partners, at the Privcap Game Change: Healthcare 2016 conference in New York City (11/17/2016)
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      "From Closing to Value Enhancement – Increasing Value from Health Care Transactions," at the Connecticut Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth's (ACG) Health Care Breakfast Meeting in Stamford, Connecticut (11/4/2016)
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      "Les Levinson Moderates and Presents on Home Health and Hospice Transactions," webinar (8/18/2016)
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      "Health Care Services M&A 101 Round Table," co-presented with Darby Anderson, chief business development and strategy officer at Addus HealthCare; Burk Lindsey, managing director at Raymond James; and John Pouschine, co-founder and managing member of Pouschine Cook Capital Management, moderated webinar (5/5/2016)
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      "Healthcare Deal Flow Dynamics," at Privcap's Healthcare Game Change 2015 conference in New York City (11/18/2015)
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      "Bundled Payment Programs—What You Can't Afford to Miss," co-presented with Brian D. Nichols and Dave Terry, CEO and founder of Archway Health Advisors, webinar (11/12/2015)
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      "Home Health & Hospice M&A: Buying, Selling, and Valuing," webinar (8/20/2015)
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      "Market Trends in Home Care and Hospice," panelist at Home Care 100 Leadership & Stategy Conference, Dana Point, California (1/31 - 2/3/2015)

      "Art of the Deal: Getting Your Transaction Done," presented at the HCap (Healthcare Services and Capital) Conference in Washington, DC (11/19 - 11/21/2014)

      "Ins and Outs of Health Care Acquisition Financing," moderator of webcast hosted by Irving Levin Associates, Inc. (8/2014)

      "Ethics in Unique Partnerships," moderator and panelist at Pennsylvania Institute of CPA's Annual Health Care Conference (6/10/2014)

      "The ACA & Home Care: What's Next?" moderator of Home Care 100 Leadership & Strategy Conference, Boca Raton, Florida (2/2 - 2/4/2014)

      "Reforming Health Systems through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Ethical, Legal, and Policy Challenges," faculty member of intensive course on ethics and ACOs (1/17/2014)

      "The 2014 Health Care Reality: Washington Update," moderator of HCap Conference 2013, Washington, DC (12/4 - 12/6/2013)

      "Threats to Tax-Exempt Status," speaker at Community Hospital 100 Executive Management Conference, Reynolds Plantation, Georgia (10/2013)

      "Home Health Care and Hospice, Buying, Selling, and Valuing," moderator and panelist at the Health Care M&A Information Source Webinar (3/21/2013)

      "Controlling Health Care Spending While Engaging Patients and Improving Care," moderator of session at The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, New York, New York (2/13/2013)

      "Best Practices for Getting Reimbursed: Navigating Private Insurer Requirements," moderator of client seminar, Oak Brook, Iillinois (1/16/2013)

      "The Art of the Deal: Mastering M&A Transactions," moderator and panelist at Home Care 100 Leadership & Strategy Conference, San Diego, California (1/26 - 1/29/2013)

      "The Art of the Deal: Excellence in M&A Transactions," moderator and panelist at HCap Conference, Washington, DC (12/5 - 12/7/2012)

      "The Art of the Deal," speaker at the VCPI Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (8/9/2012)

      "Due Diligence: IT and Legal Prep," speaker at Decision Health's Home Health M&A 2012 Conference, Chicago, Illinois (4/23 - 4/24/2012)

      "M&A Forecast for Home and Hospice Care," Home Care 100 Executive Management Conference, Orlando, Florida (2/4 - 2/7/2012)

      "2012 Financial Market Forecast," moderator at 2011 HCap Conference Understanding the Big Picture in Health Care, Washington, DC (12/7 - 12/9/2011)

      "Homecare & Hospice M&A 2011 Midyear Outlook," moderator and panelist at VCPI Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (8/24/2011)

      "Consolidation, Diversification, and Integration: The M&A Scene in Home and Hospice Care Program," moderator at the 9th Annual Home Care 100 Executive Management Conference, Laguna Nigel, California (2/13 - 2/15/2011)

      "Capital Markets & Deal Flow Update," speaker at HCap Conference on Post Reform: Identifying Emerging Opportunities in Health Care, Washington, DC (12/6 - 12/8/2010)

      "Think Tank: Ten Big Ideas for the Next Decade," speaker at Home Care 100 Executive Management Conference, Key Biscayne, Florida (2/14 - 2/16/2010)

      "Private Equity Investing: It's a New Ballgame Now," moderator and panelist at the HCap conference, Washington, DC (11/17/2009)

      "Mid-Market Deals in a Down Market," presenter at NJCCA's 7th Annual Full Day Conference, Whipanny, New Jersey (9/24/2009)

      "Financing Strategies in Turbulent Times," panelist at Home Care 100 Conference, San Diego, California (2/1/2009)

      "Asset Protection Techniques for Physicians," speaker at the New Jersey Society of CPAs (1/15/2009)

      "Financial Strategies," panelist at HCap Conference, Washington, DC (11/20/2008)

      "The Troubled Company," moderator and panelist at HCap Conference, Washington, DC (11/20/2008)

      "Asset Protection Techniques," panelist at National CPA Health Care Advisors Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (5/8/2008)

      "Legal Lowdown: Spot the Powder Kegs Before They Blow," speaker at Art of the Deal Conference, Dallas, Texas (5/2008)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • January 9, 2018

        Les Levinson Quoted in Part B News Articles on 2017 and 2018 Health Care Predictions

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      • September 26, 2017

        Les Levinson Moderates and Presents on Dividend Recap Market

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      • June 29, 2017

        Les Levinson Speaks on Health Care Private Equity

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      • May 10, 2017

        Les Levinson Presents at AHLA Health Care Transactions Conference

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      • May 3, 2017

        Les Levinson Speaks on Home Health and Hospice Transactions

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      • February 27, 2017

        Les Levinson Moderates Home Care 100 Conference

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      • January 4, 2017

        Les Levinson Quoted in Part B News Article on 2017 Health Care Predictions

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      • December 14, 2016

        Les Levinson Moderates BRG Leadership Conference

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      • December 8, 2016

        Health Care Lawyers Speak on Bundled Payment Programs Post Election

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      • November 29, 2016

        Les Levinson Presents at Privcap Healthcare Conference

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      • November 8, 2016

        Les Levinson Presents at ACG Connecticut Health Care Meeting

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      • September 13, 2016

        Les Levinson Interviewed for Privcap Healthcare Insider Article

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      • August 24, 2016

        Les Levinson Moderates and Presents on Home Health and Hospice Transactions

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      • May 18, 2016

        Les Levinson Moderates Health Care Services M&A Round Table

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      • February 18, 2016

        Les Levinson quoted in Law360 Article on Medicare’s 60-Day Overpayment Rule

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      • January 12, 2016

        Les Levinson Featured in Part B News Article

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      • December 14, 2015

        Les Levinson Speaks at Privcap Conference

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      • December 3, 2015

        Health Law Lawyers Co-present at Health Care Webinar

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      • November 4, 2015

        Health Law Lawyers Participate in Annual Hospital 100 Conference

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      • August 24, 2015

        Les Levinson Moderates Webinar on Home Health and Hospice M&A

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      • August 10, 2015

        Les Levinson Featured in Law360 Article on FCA 60-Day Rule

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      • June 15, 2015

        Health Law Lawyers Pen Article for Law360

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      • January 16, 2015

        Les Levinson Selected to Serve on Law360's 2015 Health Advisory Board

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      • January 7, 2015

        Les Levinson Quoted in Part B News

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      • December 8, 2014

        Health Law Lawyers Pen Article for Becker's Hospital Review

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      • December 1, 2014

        New York Lawyer Speaks at Annual HCap Conference

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      R+C News Releases

      • September 23, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Expands Health Law Practice with Two New Lawyers

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