Joseph W. N. Rugg
Joseph W. N. Rugg
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602

Joe Rugg has over 30 years of experience in representing healthcare providers, licensed professionals, and business clients in their transactional, tax, corporate and organizational, and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience in representing physicians and physician groups, including hospital medical staffs and independent practice associations, diagnostic imaging centers, and ambulatory surgery centers. He has assisted healthcare providers and other clients in acquiring, selling, merging, and separating their businesses. Joe understands and integrates the various legal, regulatory, tax, securities, and business issues that impact transactions in the area of healthcare. Having previously served as in-house counsel for small healthcare providers, Joe is sensitive to the practical issues that arise in healthcare businesses. Joe has been continually recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading healthcare lawyers in Florida.

Representation of physician organizations in evaluating and organizing/negotiating clinically integrated networks
Representation of a number of physicians forming a new multi-specialty group.
Representation of six independent pediatric practices in combining into a single group medical practice.
Representation of two large independent cardiology practices in combining into a single group medical practice.
Representation of ambulatory surgery center clients in acquiring stand-alone surgery centers, establishing new start-up surgery centers, and bringing in new physician-investors.
Representation of two large Independent Practice Associations in their organizational, managed care matters, including compliance with antitrust laws and maintaining the "messenger model."
Representation of hospital-based physician groups in negotiating and drafting professional service and medical director agreements with hospitals.
Representation of large ophthalmology practice in tax issues relating to employment/independent contractor arrangements, acquisition and management of optometrists and opticians, and related Stark, kickback, and other compliance issues.
Representation of optometry practice in Medicaid billing and overpayment issues.
Representation of medical staffs at Tampa Bay area hospitals on bylaw revisions and physician discipline issues.
Representation of medical school faculty members regarding regulatory issues and restrictive covenants.
Representation of physican groups in practice separations and other disputes.

The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Health Care Law in Tampa
The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2014, Listed in Florida for Health Care Law
Chambers USA 2006-2013, Ranked in Florida for Healthcare
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2013, Listed in Florida for Health Care, Business/Corporate, and Mergers & Acquisitions
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2009-2012, Ranked for Healthcare
Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2004, Listed as "Who’s Who" in Tampa Bay Business
Graduate of State and Local Chamber Leadership Programs: Leadership Tampa, Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership Miami, and Leadership Florida

Collier County Medical Society General Membership Meeting, Speaker, "2014 Business & Economic Updates for Physicians," March 19, 2014
American Association of Orthopaedic Executives, Co-Speaker, Webinar, "Don't Let Compliance Keep You Up at Night! Maximize Your Time & Effort with These Tips & Tools," March 6, 2014
Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Business Regulations," September 2013
Collier County Medical Society Legislative Seminar, Panelist, "Healthcare Legislation Trends and the Potential Impact on Florida's Physicians," October 24, 2013
Lee County Medical Society General Meeting, Presenter, "Mergers, Hospital Deals, and Networks," November 21, 2013
Akerman Lunch & Learn Healthcare Series, Panelist, "The Changing Healthcare Environment," August 1, 2013
The Special Needs Alliance, Speaker, "Select Topics in Healthcare Law and the Affordable Care Act," March 11, 2013
American Health Lawyers Association, "Representing Physicians Handbook", 3rd ed., Co-Author, 2012
Avilia Professional's Alliance, Speaker, "Obamacare: The Past, the Present, and the Future," November 16, 2012
The Academy of Medical Management Seminar, Co-Presenter, "The ACO Rule: Accountable Care Organizations and Integrated Medicine," March 22, 2012
The Academy of Medical Management Seminar, Co-Presenter, "Physician Recruitment Contracts-Thorough, Legal & Fair," March 22, 2012
Stetson University College of Law, Panelist, "Consolidations, Acquisitions, Accountable Care Organizations, and Other Evolving Physician Practice Structures," March 3, 2012
Stetson University College of Law, Panelist, "Fall 2011 J.D. Orientation Professionalism Panel," August 13, 15, and 16, 2011
Community Hospital of New Port Richey Annual Meeting of Medical Staff, Presenter, "Update on Accountable Care Organizations and Hot Topics in Healthcare Law," December 15, 2011
Medical Associates of West Florida Network, Presenter, "Accountable Care Organizations-What Should Healthcare Leaders Be Doing?," October 4, 2011
Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, General Regulation of Business in Florida, August 2011
American College of Cardiology, Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter, Advances & Challenges-The Future of Cardiology, Presenter, "Hot Topics in Health Care Law, August 26, 2011
Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association, Presenter, "Accountable Care Organizations are Not for Sissies," July 12, 2011
Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Florida Chapter, Charting Your Course for International Growth: Perspectives on Healthcare Reform, Presenter, "Health Care Reform-One Year Later," April 6, 2011
University Community Hospital Foundation, Presenter, "Health Care Reform 2010," September 30, 2010
Akerman Healthcare Practice Teleconference, Presenter, "Responding to Reduced Reimbursement," March 2010
American Health Lawyers Association, "Representing Physicians Handbook", 2nd ed., Co-Author, 2010
Stetson University College of Law, Presenter, Various Healthcare Topics, 1998-2005
Hillsborough Bar Association Journal, Author, "Four Basics in Representing Physicians," 2005
Lorman Seminar, Presenter, "Electronic Medical Records" and "Confidentiality of Medical Records," 2000-2005
Stetson University College of Law, Adjunct Professor, "Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations" and "The Business of Health Law," various semesters from 2000-present
The Florida Bar, Co-Author and Co-Editor, "Not for Profit Corporations Manual," 1991, 2d ed. 1995 & 1996
Quarterly Report of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, Author, "Covenants Not to Compete in Employment Agreements," Vol. IV, No 2, Spring 1991
University of South Florida and All Children's Hospital Residency Programs, Presenter, "Important Aspects in Negotiation of Employment Contracts" and "Avoiding Malpractice," 1990-present
Frequent lecturer on transactional, tax, and healthcare law topics.

Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2000-2012
Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Past President, 2002-2004
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism, Past Chair, 2000-2001
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Health Law Committee and Medical/Legal Committee, Past Chair, 1996-1997
The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Past Chair, 1990-1991
Stetson College of Law, Center for Quality in Healthcare Law, Past Director

Stetson College of Law, Adjunct Professor

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Joseph W. N. Rugg


J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1981
M.A., University of Florida, 1976
B.A., University of Florida, 1975; with high honors, Florida Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa

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