Laura A. Kowal

Associate

kowall@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8472
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Laura A. Kowal focuses on transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and drafting and negotiating various legal instruments such as licensing agreements, employment agreements, and consulting arrangements. Her client base consists of companies at different stages of development in a variety of industries, life science companies, technology companies, and health care providers including hospitals, physician group practices, pharmacies, and clinical laboratories. Ms. Kowal counsels clients on federal and state regulatory and compliance issues, including Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, HIPAA, HITECH, and state privacy laws. 

Before entering law school, Ms. Kowal worked as a physical therapist and wound-care specialist for more than 10 years. She has practical knowledge of the various regulatory and reimbursement landscapes specific to acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and the home health and outpatient health care settings. During law school, she served a legal externship with the Office of the General Counsel at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Kowal completed a legal externship in risk management in a community hospital system.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association

American Physical Therapy Association

Publications

Co-author, "Final Rules Issued for Health Care Reform Tax on Medical Devices, Effective January 1, 2013," Ballard Spahr Health Care legal alert, December 11, 2012

Co-author, "Accountable Care Organizations: Final Rules Issued," Ballard Spahr Health Care legal alert, October 27, 2011

"Patent Reform Bill Clears House; Reconciliation with Senate Bill Expected," Ballard Spahr Health Care legal alert, July 5, 2011

Co-author, "Proposed Regulations Issued for Accountable Care Organizations," Ballard Spahr Health Care legal alert, April 1, 2011

Speaking Engagements

"Hot Topics in Health Care: Navigating the Pitfalls and Minimizing the Risks of Consolidation and Coordination," Ballard Spahr CLE program, March 19, 2014

Board Memberships

Vice President, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Alumni Network

Dean's Advisory Board, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 2009, health law)
Representative, National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Drexel University (Masters of Physical Therapy 1998)
Recipient, Margaret E. Kleinfeld Award for significant contribution to the physical therapy profession

Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1994)

Languages

Proficient in Spanish

Pennsylvania