• University of Michigan, B.A., 1999
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
    • Order of the Coif
    • The Wayne Law Review, Senior Articles Editor

Civic Involvement

  • McGregor Foundation, Board Member, 2017 to present
  • Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Advisory Board Member, 2018 to present
  • Care Alliance Health Center, Member, Board of Directors, 2018 to present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Chair, Physician Organizations Practice Group, 2019, 2020
    • Vice Chair, Strategic Planning and Special Projects, Physician Organizations Practice Group, 2018
    • Vice Chair of Publications, Physician Organizations Practice Group, 2016 to 2018
    • Vice Chair, Physician In-House Counsel Affinity Group, 2015 to 2016
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Health Care Law Section Executive Committee, 2017 to present
      • Chair, 2019
      • Vice-Chair, 2018
  • Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys, Member, 2018 to present

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts
  • Michigan State Courts
  • New York State Courts

Presentations & Publications


  • Co-Presenter, “Financial Relief Compliance and Other Guidance for Healthcare Businesses,” May 13, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, “A Legal & Operational Update for Healthcare Providers,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, April 20, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, “Healthcare Data Privacy and Security: Hot Topics and Practical Tips,” American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) Webinar, November 14, 2019.
  • Co-Presenter, “Healthcare Transactions: A Legal and Valuation Perspective,” Ohio State Bar Association 2019 Health Care Law Institute, October 2, 2019.
  • Co-Presenter, “Hospital Procurement Contracting: Legal Considerations and Lessons Learned,” Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting & Education Summit, June 3, 2019
  • Panelist, “Medical Marijuana: Patient and Practice Management Issues,” Ohio State Medical Association Education Symposium, April 5, 2019
  • Co-Chair, “#MeToo and You: Considerations for Healthcare Providers and Their Attorneys,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Medical/Legal Summit, March 23, 2019
  • Speaker, “My Employment Agreement Says What? Hot issues in Physician Employment Agreements (18-W109),” Ohio State Bar Association, Webinar, December 6, 2018
  • Presenter, “Buying and Selling a Physician Practice,” 2018 Ohio State Medical Association Education Symposium, April 2018
  • Presenter, “Medical Marijuana in Ohio,” 2018 Ohio State Medical Association Education Symposium, April 2018
  • Moderator, “Physician Compensation Data: Questions and Answers for the Era of Value Based Reimbursement, Part II: A Conversation with Representatives of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA),” American Health Lawyers Association, Webinar, August, 2016
  • Moderator, “Practical Guidance for Addressing Physician Licensure Disciplinary Matters in Florida, New York, and Beyond,” Physician In-House Counsel Affinity Group of the In-House Counsel and Physician Organizations Practice Groups, Webinar, May, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: An Unwind Checklist for a Smoother Transition,” American Health Lawyers Association, Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, Austin, Texas, February, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “My Contract Says WHAT? Issues with Physician Employment Agreements,” Ohio
    State Bar Association, Webinar, September, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Current Impact of the Affordable Care Act,” Tax Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, September, 2015
  • Moderator, “Population Health Management: Strategies and Transaction Considerations,” American Health Lawyers Association, Webinar, July 2015.
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Perspective: Knowing the Risks to Your ACO and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls,” ACO Performance Management, Contracting, & Compliance Summit, Chicago, IL, October 10, 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, “Transitioning to Accountable Care Organizations: Legal Issues Arising from Health Information Technology,” Michigan State Medical Society, Plymouth, Michigan, September 18, 2013
  • Presenter, “Building Patient Centered Medical Homes,” 2012 American Academy of Medical Administrators Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 15, 2012
  • Roundtable Moderator, “Marketing and Joint Ventures,” Medtrade, Atlanta, Georgia, October 18, 2012
  • Presenter, “Overview of Health Care Delivery Models From a Legal Perspective,” Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, November 15, 2011.
  • Co-Presenter, “Practice Integration: Not If, But How,” American College of Gastroenterology 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course, Washington, DC, October 28, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, “How to Align Without a Sale,” Decision Health Physician-Hospital Alignment Strategies 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 7, 2011
  • Presenter, “RAC and Medicare Audits,” National City Bank, Troy, Michigan, February 25, 2010


Media Mentions


  • Best Lawyers List, 2019

Kathryn E. Hickner

Partner 216.736.7279 216.621.6536


Kate helps her clients achieve their business objectives and charitable missions in a manner that complies with state and federal healthcare regulations. Her years of experience advising clients on a wide range of healthcare matters affords her the depth of knowledge necessary to help her clients stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing, highly complex industry.

She is passionate about expanding access to quality healthcare, while improving the efficiency of care delivery. That passion translates into Kate’s work serving clients in nearly all areas of health care law. She specializes in transactional matters and compliance with federal and state healthcare regulations, including federal Stark and state self-referral laws, federal and state anti-kickback laws, HIPAA and state privacy laws, and federal tax-exempt laws.

Kate’s clients include physician groups, hospitals, large health systems, retail and compounding pharmacies, accountable care organizations (ACOs), home health agencies, hospices, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, medical device companies and businesses that provide practice management and related services to healthcare providers. She regularly publishes articles and gives presentations across the country providing insight and analysis of laws that impact the healthcare industry.

Kate is passionate about Cleveland’s visual arts scene, is an active mother of three and is an avid bike rider, competing in charity bike events like VeloSano, which benefits cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.

Representative Experience

  • Served as lead attorney on numerous significant health care transactional matters, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures
  • Drafted legal opinions, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Medicare enrollment requirements, and federal and state health care fraud and abuse laws, including federal Stark and state self-referral laws; federal and state anti-kickback laws; HIPAA and state privacy laws; federal tax exempt laws; and industry best practices
  • Served as lead attorney in private securities offerings by ambulatory surgery center, physician-owned hospital and hospital co-management companies
  • Served as a firm, local and national resource regarding federal health care reform and physician-hospital alignment
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous procurement contracts for a large health system
  • Acted as primary attorney contact for real estate leasing departments of hospitals
  • Organized and served as regulatory counsel for Medicare ACOs