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Thomas W. Coons


Thomas W. Coons is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office.

Professional Biography


Mr. Coons provides legal counsel and litigates on behalf of academic medical centers, community hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, independent diagnostic testing facilities and other health care entities regarding Medicare payment, coverage and compliance. 

Mr. Coons is a former member of the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), is the past chair of that organization's Medicare and Medicaid Payment Institute, and is a fellow of the organization.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences on Medicare payment and compliance issues. 

Before entering private practice, Mr. Coons served as senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services where he handled major controversies involving reimbursement and coverage under the Medicare program.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
    • Fellow (2010 – present)
    • Board of Directors (2004 – 2009)
    • Life Members
      • Chair (2015 – 2016)
    • AHLA Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues
      • Co-chair, Program Planning Committee (1998 – 2003)
      • Mentoring Program
    • Public Interest Contributor
  • Member – District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Section on Health Law
      • Chair (1999 – 2000)


  • Fellow – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law Category (2010 – 2018)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Health Care (2007, 2009 – 2010, 2013) 
  • Listed in Expert Guides to the Leading Lawyers – Best of the Best USA 2007, 2009 Healthcare Category
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Background
  • Office of the General Counsel, Health Care Financing Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Attorney
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Alexander Harvey, II, United States District Court for the District of Maryland



  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
    • Law Fellow
    • Editor – Journal of Law & Policy in International Business
  • University of Tennessee, B.S.


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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