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.