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Richard G. Cowart


Richard G. Cowart is chair of the Firm's Health Law/Government Relations & Public Policy Department and a member of the Firm's Board of Directors.

Professional Biography


The Health and Public Policy Department of Baker Donelson is regarded as one of the premiere health law practices in the country. It has been nationally ranked by Modern HealthcareChambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Health Lawyers News and other health care publications.

Mr. Cowart is a recognized authority in advising senior management regarding policy, regulatory and business issues related to health care. He serves as strategic counsel to health care companies (both for profit and not-for-profit) and counsels providers on business, policy and governance issues, with an emphasis on business transactions.

Mr. Cowart is a nationally known speaker and writer on health care issues. He was the national columnist for Medical News, Inc. for 18 years and the health business columnist for The Tennessean for more than ten years.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Past President, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Recipient – American Health Lawyers Association David R. Greenburg Award (Lifetime Service to Health Law)
  • Fellow – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Editorial Board Member – Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law since 1991
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (since 1992)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Healthcare and Mergers & Acquisitions since 2003

Other National Recognitions

  • Lawdragon 3000 (since 2008)
  • The Legal 500 United States, Volume I, Corporate and Finance in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions (since 2007)
  • Corporate Counsel, "Best Lawyers: Healthcare"
  • Nightingale's Healthcare News, "Nation's Best Hospital Attorneys" 
  • Who's Who of American Law

Local Recognitions

  • Nashville Business Journal's "Health Care Heroes" (2016)
  • Nashville Post "In Charge" list - Health Care (2010 – 2013)
  • "The Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal (2006 to date)
  • Business Tennessee magazine's "150 Best Lawyers" (healthcare and transactional law) since 2007
  • Nashville Business Journal's "Health Care 100" (2007 to date)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006; listed among the top 50 attorneys in Nashville and top 100 attorneys in Tennessee

Civic Honors & Activities

  • American Heart Association
    • Chairman, Board of Directors (MS Affiliate)
    • Chairman, Board of Directors (TN Affiliate)
  • NASBA Center for Public Trust
    • Recipient – National Integrity Award
  • Goodwill Industries
    • Volunteer of the Year
  • The Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson)
    • Regent (Chairman, Board of Directors)
    • Chairman, National Advisory Council
  • Vanderbilt University
    • Owen School of Business Advisory Board
    • Fellow, Health Solutions Group
  • David Lipscomb University
    • Board of Trustees
    • Board of Visitors, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Southern Center of Journalism and Politics (Overby Center) - University of Mississippi
    • Board of Directors
  • National Association for Community Service
    • Recipient – Distinguished Community Leadership Award 
  • Leadership Mississippi
    • President
  • Mississippi 2000 Commission
    • Chairman
  • Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters
    • Founder
  • Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference
    • Founder
  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Association
    • Board of Governors
Speaking Engagements
  • Co-presenter – "Healthcare Mergers: Two Systems Build Cultural Alignment for Scale and Shared Enterprise," webinar, The Governance Institute (August 2017)
  • Moderator – "Health Care and the Trump Administration: The First 100 Days," webinar, Nashville Health Care Council (December 2016)
  • "Navigating Powerful Political and Economic Influences in Healthcare," Applied Health Analytics' Nexxus Program (September 2012)
  • Panelist – "M&A and Alliance Activity Picks Up: Repositioning as a Key Success Factor," Association of Management Consulting Firms' health care event (September 2012)
Press Releases

Richard Cowart is continually called upon by the senior management of healthcare companies to advise on pressing business issues. Interviewees describe him as 'a strategic thinker.'

Head of department Richard Cowart is singled out as 'a rainmaker with a preeminent reputation' in the healthcare arena. Peers are quick to assert that they 'hold him in high regard' due to his deep experience across transactional matters.

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