David G. Cleveland

David G. Cleveland

Partner | Atlanta Office
T: (404) 420-5556
F: (404) 522-8409

Practice Group(s)



  • Duke University - (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)
  • University of Georgia School of Law - (J.D., 1981)Member, Editorial Board, Georgia Law Review, 1979-1980

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia


About Dave

Dave specializes in health industry corporate transactions and finance. He has participated in structuring and implementing various hospital ventures, including hospital acquisitions, development of numerous hospital/physician joint ventures throughout the Southeast, structuring managed care networks and integrated delivery systems, establishment of heart institutes, development of primary care strategies for hospitals, and obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service approving the implementation of multi-entity health care systems. In structuring such ventures, Dave provides particular expertise in evaluating tax-exemption and Medicare fraud and abuse principles.

Representative Engagements

  • Participated in corporate restructurings of numerous major community hospitals in the Southeast, including three Georgia hospitals with 450, 350 and 300 beds, respectively
  • Participated in corporate restructurings of three Florida hospitals with 1,000, 900 and 500 beds, respectively
  • Participated in corporate restructuring of a 400-bed Alabama hospital
  • Represented numerous restructured hospital systems in connection with litigation in both Georgia and Florida, which impacted various laws affecting restructured hospitals
  • Engaged in numerous tax-exempt bond financings for hospitals totaling in excess of $300,000,000
  • Represented numerous hospitals and health systems in connection with acquisitions of hospitals, physician group practices, cancer treatment centers, ASCs, imaging centers, and other ancillary providers

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Metro Atlanta Legal Unit Campaign, United Way of Atlanta, 2001
  • United Way Campaign Chair for PHR&D, 1989 to present
  • Chairman, Board of Education, Christ the King School, 1994-1995
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2nd Grade Sunday School Teacher, Cathedral of Christ the King, 1986 to present


  • Recognized as one of Georgia's "Top Rated Lawyers" by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM (2012)

Publications and Presentations

  • Stark II Regs From a Hospital Perspective - 2005 Healthcare Conference, Georgia Society of CPAs
  • "Managed Care-Community Integration: Development of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems" - GA Chapter of HFMA, 1997
  • "Managed Care - Community Integration: Development of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems" - Executive Seminar on Managed Care, Georgia Chapter of HFMA and Mercer University, 1996
  • "Hospital-Physician Relations: Recruitment, Employment, Acquisitions, and Incentives" - Dixie Institute, HFMA Region 5, 1993
  • "Hospital-Physician Arrangements: Medicare Fraud and Abuse Issues; Tax Exemption Considerations; Physician Reimbursement and Primary Care Strategies" - Annual Meeting, Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys, 1993
  • "Maintaining Tax Exempt Status in an Era of Reform and Consolidations" - Summer Institute, HFMA, 1993
  • "Legal Issues in Defending a Hospital's Tax-Exempt Status" - 2nd Annual Seminar on Health Care Law, ICLE, 1992
  • "Corporate Restructuring of Georgia Hospital Authority Hospitals" - Seminar on Health Care Law, ICLE, 1991
  • "Healthcare Capital Financing" - Spring Institute, Georgia Chapter of HFMA, 1985
  • "Tax Exempt Financing of Long Term Care Facilities" - Ninth Annual Symposium on Long Term Care and the Law, National Health Lawyers Association, 1984
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