Chris Richard


Chris Richard

Chris advises hospitals, physician practices, and other health care providers on a variety of regulatory, transactional, and policy issues. He regularly counsels clients on matters regarding regulatory compliance, medical staff privileges and credentialing, billing and payment, contracting, operations, employment, and legislative affairs. Chris’ philosophy on delivering exceptional client representation combines a thorough attention to detail with a comprehensive understanding of both the relevant law and the operational realities of his clients’ businesses. Chris also speaks and writes frequently about health care regulatory issues.

Experience >

Chris’ experience advising clients in the health care industry includes:

  • Structuring management agreements and other affiliations for hospital providers
  • Assisting clients in the development and implementation of compliance programs and related policies and procedures
  • Advising health care authorities on corporate and other issues related to the Alabama Health Care Authorities Act
  • Representing physician practices with respect to billing and audit issues, compensation packages, and employment matters
  • Counseling hospitals and physicians on their respective obligations under EMTALA
  • Helping clients navigate the interwoven framework of federal and state privacy laws, including HIPAA
  • Advising hospitals, physicians and other providers on health care policy developments

Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as Assistant General Counsel for the Alabama Medicaid Agency.

Memberships and Affiliations >

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Hospital Association, Sponsor
  • Medical Association of Alabama, Sponsor

Education >

  • B.S. in Economics, specializing in Public Policy and Law, University of Alabama, 2011
  • J.D. University of Alabama, 2014

Presentations and Publications >

  • “Obamacare vs. Trumpcare: The Current Status of Health Law Policy,” Alabama Hospital Association Annual Meeting, 2017
  • “Risk Management in a Social Media World,” Alabama State Chiropractic Association September Seminar, September 2017
  • "Differing Treatment of Private Activity Bonds Under the House and Senate Tax Bills"
  • “Before You Lock the Door and Turn Out the Lights . . . Necessary Steps When Closing a Physician Practice”
  • “Just What the Doctor Ordered: An Alabama Perspective on the Opioid Epidemic”

Related Practices

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Alabama

Licensed In

  • Alabama