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Robert Anthony Wells


Robert Wells' clients benefit from his more than two decades of experience representing clients in health care regulatory and corporate matters.

Professional Biography

Robert Wells is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office and co-leader of the Health Care Regulatory team. He represents clients in health care regulatory and corporate matters, and draws upon more than 20 years of experience representing long-established and startup health care companies to help clients meet their business goals and objectives while complying with applicable health care rules and regulations.

Mr. Wells' practice primarily focuses on fraud and abuse issues. He handles complex legal and operational matters, such as the development, implementation, and assessment of corporate compliance programs for providers across the health care industry, including the challenging regulatory issues governing pharmaceutical and medical device companies and their interactions with health care providers. In addition, Mr. Wells has assisted with the development and growth of innovative technology and health care data analytics partnerships.

His regulatory compliance experience involves both federal and state issues. He is well versed in fraud and abuse laws; corporate governance; reimbursement issues; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and state and international privacy laws; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and health care licensure, certification, and accreditation.

Mr. Wells previously served as in-house counsel. He was the chief legal officer of Integra Connect, a health care practice management and technology company where he gained firsthand experience with the legal and compliance implications of emerging value-based care initiatives, and continues to counsel health care providers on the development and implementation of value-based and care coordination arrangements. He also served as general counsel of Flatiron Health, a health care IT and data analytics company, and in senior legal roles at the Fortune 20 companies AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, where he excelled at balancing the strategic and operational needs of the company with ensuring compliance with the complex health care regulatory environment.

Health care corporate and transactional matters are also components of Mr. Wells' practice. In addition to business counseling, negotiating, and drafting a wide range of health care service contracts, he has negotiated and executed commercial acquisitions, including managing transactional due diligence related to mergers and acquisitions involving privately-held and publicly traded entities.

Mr. Wells has represented for-profit and non-profit health care entities, including hospitals, health systems, drug and device manufacturers and distributors, independent clinical laboratories, long term care facilities, trade associations and physicians.

In addition to his health care regulatory and general corporate law experience, he has counseled clients on virtually all aspects of employment law.

  • Listed in Chambers USA as a leading Health Care lawyer in Maryland (2021 – 2023)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law (2020 – 2024)
  • Named one of The Daily Record and Maryland State Bar Association's 2024 Leaders in Law honorees
  • Named to Savoy Magazine's 2022 Most Influential Black Lawyers
  • Member – American Health Law Association (1998 – present)
  • Co-Chair – Health Connections, Central Club of Baltimore (2022 – present)
  • Board Member – Maryland Technology Development Corporation (2021 – present)
  • Chair – Maryland Technology Development Corporation Governance Committee (2022)
  • Privacy Board Member – Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (2004 – 2018)
  • Board of Trustees – Indian Creek School (2008 – 2014 and 2017 – 2020)
  • Board of Governors – West Virginia University (2004 – 2007)
  • Recipient – Harry S. Truman Scholarship (1989)
  • "Stark, Anti-Kickback and Foreign Corruption Practices Act Compliance," 2023 HCCA Board & Audit Committee Compliance Conference (October 2023)
  • "Take Five – Consider the Ethical Ramifications Before Acting," AHLA Annual Meeting (June 2023)
  • Panelist – "Ancillary Services: How to Successfully Diversify with Ancillary Services," 2022 Baker Donelson Long Term Care Symposium (November 2022)
  • "Healthcare Connections" (October 2022)
  • "Positioning Your Business in a Post-Covid Economy," Maryland Daily Record Forum (April 2021)
  • "Data Security Best Practices," Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (December 2020)
  • "Moving From Statements to Actions-Taking Measurable Steps to Advance Racial Equity and Justice," Greater Baltimore Bridging the Gap Committee Town Hall (October 2020)
  • "Top Employment Law Issues for Long Term Care Providers," Lifespan Annual Conference (September 2020)
  • "She Said What?!!? How to Implement Strategic Policies and Procedures to Protect Patients and Staff from Abuse," Lifespan Annual Conference (September 2019)
  • "Rules of Professional Conduct that Intersect with HIPAA Requirements-Current HIT Challenges for Big Data and HIPAA Compliance," American Health Lawyers Association (April 2014)
  • "Effective Compliance Programs and Investigations," Practicing Law Institute (October 2013)

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