About John

John Parker is a founding partner of the firm. He has specialized in health law for more than 40 years, with an emphasis on strategic counseling; federal and state regulatory advice/litigation; and integrated delivery system development and consolidation of nonprofit community hospitals and health systems and large medical groups.

John has chaired several state and national health lawyer associations, including the Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys and the Committee on Health Law of the American Bar Association. He has been a frequent lecturer nationwide on a wide variety of health care topics, including integrated delivery systems; development of consolidation; managed care; accountable care organizations; tax issues affecting not-for-profit organizations; Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement; antitrust issues; hospital restructuring; certificate of need; and Sunshine Laws. John has been the author and editor of several books and manuals on health law topics, and he has spearheaded a number of studies for regional, state, and national organizations regarding comparative uncompensated care and other community benefits afforded by competing hospitals and health care systems. In that regard, he has testified before state legislatures, Attorneys General, hospital cost containment boards, and county commissions in California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Mexico regarding community benefits studies.

In addition to representing individual hospitals and health systems throughout the Southeast, John serves as general counsel for the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals - - an association of public and private nonprofit community hospitals; urban, suburban, and rural; located throughout the state of Georgia. He has also represented similar statewide associations of community nonprofit hospitals in Florida, Tennessee, and Texas

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys (President, 1986-1987)
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Vice-Chairman, American Bar Association, Committee on Medicine and Law, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (1981-1985)
  • Chairman, American Bar Association, Committee on Health Law, Young Lawyers Division (1979-1981)
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Greater Grady Task Force Legal Team: Presenter of Corporate Restructuring Plan (July 2008)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General (2010-11) representing the State of Georgia in State of Florida et al. v. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act as to Medicaid Expansion and Individual Mandates)
  • Director: The Warrior Alliance, Inc.
  • Former Director: Pace Academy (Atlanta); Coverdell Insurance Group; Florida Hospital (Orlando) HMO


  • Selected by Best Lawyers as the “Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year” (2012)
  • Recognized as a leading healthcare lawyer in Chambers: Leading American Business Lawyers
  • Selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Media and Atlanta Magazine (2004-2014)
  • Recognized as a leading healthcare lawyer by Best Lawyers in America (listed annually for more than 20 consecutive years)
  • Recognized as one of Georgia's "Top Rated Lawyers" by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM (2012-present)

Publications and Presentations

  • American Arbitration Association, Accountable Care Organizations & Other Healthcare Collaboration: Using ADR to Avoid Costly Break-ups (Chicago 2010)
  • Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, Uncompensated Care Provided by Safety Net Hospitals (Callaway Gardens 2000).

  • Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, Hospital Authorities (Atlanta 1999).

  • American Hospital Ass'n/PROMINA Health System Action Learning Lab, Sunshine Laws and Governmental/Community Relations (Atlanta 1998).

  • Georgia Healthcare News Annual Symposium, Georgia Health Law Issues:  Sunshine Laws Litigation (Atlanta 1998).

  • Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Restructured Authority Hospitals/Current Developments (Atlanta 1996).

  • Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, Reasons for Maintaining Certificate of Need (Nashville 1996).

  • Chaves County Medical Society Public Forum, Comparison of Community Benefits Provided by Community-Based and Investor-Owned Hospitals (Roswell, New Mexico 1996).

  • Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, Analysis of Community Benefits Afforded by Tennessee Hospitals (Nashville 1994).

  • Georgia Alliance of Not-For-Profit Hospitals, Analysis of Community Benefits Afforded by Georgia Hospitals (Stone Mountain, Georgia  1994).

  • VHA Corporate Counsel Forum, Legislative and Regulatory Developments:  The Florida Experience (Dallas 1993).

  • Dixie HFMA, Hospital-Physician Relations (Atlanta 1993).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Defending Your Tax-Exempt Status (Callaway Gardens, Georgia 1992).

  • Georgia Alliance of Not-For-Profit Hospitals, Medicare Safe Harbor Regulations (Stone Mountain, Georgia 1991).

  • Association of Voluntary Hospitals of Florida, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Safe Harbor Regulations (Boca Raton 1991).

  • Florida Hospital Ass'n/HFMA (Florida Chapter), HCCB Update (Orlando, Miami 1991).

  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Accounting and Legal Aspects of the HCCB (Orlando 1990).

  • Florida Hospital Ass'n/HFMA (Florida Chapter), HCCB Update (Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Miami 1990).

  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Medicare Fraud and Abuse Developments (Orlando 1989).

  • HFMA (Florida Chapter), Annual CFO Update (Tallahassee 1989).

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Physician Recruitment (Atlanta 1988).

  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, HCCB Policy Developments (Orlando 1988).

  • HFMA (Florida Chapter), Annual CFO Update (Tallahassee 1988).

  • Association of Voluntary Hospitals of Florida, Current and Future HCCB and Tax Issues (Palm Beach 1987).

  • Ernst & Whinney/Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, Florida Sales Tax on Services (Miami 1987).

  • HFMA (Florida Chapter), Florida Sales Tax on Services (Clearwater, Florida 1987).

  • HFMA (Florida Chapter), Annual CFO Update (Tallahassee 1987).

  • Dixie HFMA, Survival Guide for the 1980's:  Legal Issues (Orlando 1986).

  • HFMA (Florida Chapter), Annual CFO Update (Sandestin 1986).

  • Florida Hospital Ass'n/HFMA (Florida Chapter), Hospital Cost Containment Board:  Rules, Guidelines, and Issues Update (Orlando 1985).

  • American Health Consultants, Strategic Planning in the PPS Environment (Atlanta 1985).

  • Georgia Hospital Law Manual, 2d ed., 1984 (Co-Edited)

  • American Health Planning Ass'n and National Health Layers Ass'n, Significant Developments in Health Planning Litigation and Regulation (Washington 1984).

  • National Ass'n of Medical Equipment Suppliers, Joint Venture Arrangements With Hospitals (New Orleans 1984).

  • "Planning, Financing and Constructing Health Care Facilities," Aspen Systems Corporation, 1983 (Co-authored)

  • Health Industry Distributors Ass'n, Everything You Wanted To Know About Fighting Medicare, But Were Afraid To Ask (Boston 1983).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Hospital Restructuring Revisited:  Legal Aspects (Atlanta 1983).

  • ABA/YLD Committee on Health Law and Georgia Society of Hospital Attorneys, Does Corporate Restructuring for a Health Care Facility Make Sense Under a Prospective Payment System? (Atlanta 1983).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Legal Developments Affecting the Business Office:  Reimbursement Considerations (Atlanta 1983).

  • Florida Association of Medical Equipment Dealers, Abuses in Administration of the Medicare Program (Tampa 1983).

  • Florida Special District Seminar, Representing the District During State Administrative Hearings (Tampa 1983).

  • American Society of Neuroimaging, Current Legal Developments (Phoenix 1983).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Faculty, Fellows Coaching Course, Legal Considerations (Atlanta 1982).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Reimbursement Audits and Appeals (Callaway Gardens, Georgia 1982).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Medicare Reimbursement Appeals (Callaway Gardens, Georgia 1981).
  • Georgia Society of Hospital Attorneys, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Abuse (Atlanta 1981).

  • HFMA (Georgia Chapter), Antitrust Considerations (CON, medical staff privileges, joint ventures, and shared services) (Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia 1981).

  • American Society of Hospital Attorneys, Institute on Hospital Law:  Federal Tax Issues Affecting Hospitals (Tax-exempt and proprietary organizations; reorganizations) (Atlanta 1981).

  • American Society of Neuroimaging, Governmental Regulation of CAT Scanning (reimbursement, CON, and antitrust considerations) (Jacksonville 1979; Puerto Rico 1982).

  • ABA Committee on Medicine and Law, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Inconsistency between Antitrust Laws and Health Planning (New Orleans 1981).

  • University of Houston, Texas Institute on Health Care Law:  Inconsistency between Antitrust Laws and Health Planning (Houston 1981).

  • ABA Forum Committee on Health Law, Organic Restructuring and Reorganization of Health Care Institutions (CON, reimbursement, antitrust, tax, financing, and state corporate law considerations) (New Orleans 1981).

  • ABA Forum Committees on Health and Construction Law, Forum on Construction of Health Care Facilities:  Governmental Requirements (CON, 1122, antitrust, relocations, tax, licensure, Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation, and zoning considerations) (New York 1980).

  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Employment Tax Issues (Atlanta 1978).

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