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Clients benefit when their attorneys leverage the power of their industry network. With over 25 years of healthcare industry experience, my network of industry influencers is both broad and deep. My goal in every representation is to employ the right mix of industry expertise, creative thinking, and technological savvy to achieve superior results for my clients.

Mr. Robertson’s healthcare practice is reflective of his significant expertise across a wide range of legal disciplines, enabling him to effectively counsel clients on a myriad of healthcare regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. He represents a diverse array of healthcare industry clients including for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare and hospital systems, academic medical centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, integrated delivery networks, physicians and physician practice groups, and healthcare private equity funds.

Mr. Robertson provides comprehensive representation in connection with all types of healthcare transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures. He assists clients with the structuring and creation of clinically integrated networks (CINs), organized delivery systems (ODSs), accountable care organizations (ACOs), multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), and health insurance companies. He oversees the establishment and purchase/sale of individual physician and group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. He structures and negotiates compensation arrangements with physicians in connection with employment and exclusive contracting arrangements, medical directorships, physician recruitment initiatives, hospital department management, office and equipment leases, and management services arrangements. He also negotiates managed care agreements and risk-sharing arrangements with payors and represents healthcare clients in payor litigation.

On the regulatory and compliance fronts, Mr. Robertson regularly provides guidance on issues related to fraud and abuse laws, including the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, the New Jersey Codey Law, the certificate of need statute and Community Healthcare Asset Protection Act (CHAPA), as well as other regulatory compliance issues associated with healthcare transactions and physician-integration arrangements. He develops, implements, and maintains corporate compliance programs for hospitals and other providers in the healthcare industry and is well-versed in the compliance issues associated with, and the implementation of requirements under, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

In the area of information privacy and data security, Mr. Robertson advises healthcare clients on issues arising under HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). This includes the drafting and negotiation of HIPAA compliant business associate agreements with third party vendors, drafting and assisting in the enforcement of privacy and security policies within client organizations, and providing guidance on record retention requirements and the physical or electronic storage of medical records. In addition, he represents healthcare clients in investigating, reporting, and remediating information breaches and the liability such breaches create under various information privacy and security laws.

Mr. Robertson assists clients in seeking advisory opinions from federal and state regulatory agencies, and regularly represents healthcare entities in Medicare, Medicaid, charity care, graduate medical education (GME) and disproportionate share hospital (DSH) reimbursement matters before state administrative agencies and the federal Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB). His work also encompasses internal audits and investigations, responding to government inquiries, investigations, subpoenas and search warrants, and providing advice in connection with voluntary self-disclosures and corporate integrity agreements (CIAs).

Mr. Robertson is a resource for addressing medical staff matters, providing counsel on fair hearing requirements and designing state-of-the-art medical staff bylaws. He also provides guidance in connection with strategic initiatives on system affiliations including the establishment of outpatient health care offices, diagnostic imaging facilities and ambulatory surgery centers.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of a Founder’s Gold Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2021)
  • Recipient of the Robert H. Reeves Silver Founders Award by the New Jersey Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2014)
  • Recipient of the Follmer Bronze Merit Award by the New Jersey Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2011)
  • Listed in Chambers USA (a publication of Chambers and Partners) in the Healthcare practice area (2018 – present)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Health Care Law practice area (2008 – present)
  • Selected by Best Lawyers® as Newark"Lawyer of the Year" in Health Care Law (2023)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) in the Health Care, General Litigation, and Business/Corporate practice areas (2006 – present)

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Representative Matters

Mr. Robertson has served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous federal and state court matters that have yielded the following published opinions:

  • Rahway Hospital v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, 374 N.J.Super. 101 (App. Div. 2005) (amicus curiae)
  • United States ex rel. Quinn v. Omnicare, Inc., 382 F.3d 432 (3d Cir. 2004)
  • Besler & Co., Inc. v. Bradley, 361 N.J. Super. 168 (App. Div. 2003) (author of the brief)
  • Robertson v. Bartels, 150 F. Supp. 2d 691 (D.N.J. 2001)
  • Robertson v. Bartels, 148 F. Supp. 2d 443 (D.N.J. 2001)
  • Gross v. Cohen DuFour & Associates, 273 N.J. Super. 617 (Law Div. 1993)
  • Brady v. New Jersey Redistricting Commission, 131 N.J. 594 (1992)

Uniquely NJ

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, New Jersey Chapter; Publications Committee
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More Activities & Experience

  • American Health Law Association; Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group; Certified Alternative Dispute Resolver
  • Prior to joining the firm in February 2020, Mr. Robertson was a Partner and Chair of the Healthcare Practice at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP from 2011 to 2020. He was also the Managing Partner of Kalison, McBride, Jackson & Robertson, P.C., one of New Jersey’s premiere healthcare boutique law firms, from 2000 to 2011.

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1990

Rutgers University, Cook College, B.S., 1987

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1990
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas S. O'Brien of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division (1990-1991)

- Chambers USA 2023 -
(a publication of Chambers and Partners)

Editorial Excerpt: "Respected for his representation of a wide range of healthcare providers on diverse regulatory and corporate mandates. He also offers notable strength in litigation such as reimbursement appeals."

Robertson, James A.

James A. Robertson Recognized by Best Lawyers
James A. Robertson Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2023

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Please visit our Award Methodology page for a description of the standard or methodology on which these accolades are based. Attorney Advertising: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.