John Devine

Tel 215.864.8322
Fax 215.864.8999

John W. Devine is an experienced transactional attorney who concentrates his practice on private merger and acquisition transactions, including private equity and venture capital financing transactions, securities offerings and commercial licensing transactions, with concentrated experience in the health care industry. John is also the Co-Practice Leader of the firm's Health Care group.

John's transactional experience spans a variety of industries including the health care, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, light manufacturing, consumer products, consulting services, and food and beverage industries. Since 2008, John has focused on advising clients within the health care industry on regulatory and strategic transaction matters. In this capacity, he has advised hospitals, health systems, physician group practices, and home health providers. Before joining Ballard Spahr, John served as the Chief Legal Officer of a health care startup company focused on providing pharmaceutical services to patients in the Southeast. His unique transactional experiences allows him to provide practical and creative business solutions to clients in the health care industry and beyond.

John regularly speaks on health care transactional and regulatory matters both locally and nationally. John is an active member of his community and devotes substantial time to serving on boards that promote community and culture in Philadelphia and its surrounding neighborhoods. He currently serves on the Chairman's Council at the Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts and the Chestnut Hill Community Fund.

Representative Transactions

  • Represent a national provider of home health care and hospice services in connection with the development and execution of their strategic growth initiatives. Represented client in connection with a series of bolt-on strategic growth transactions as well as joint venture arrangements with hospitals and health systems.
  • Represented a private-equity backed health care company providing comprehensive in-home health risk assessment services in the $225 million sale of its business to a private-equity purchaser
  • Advised a national clinical laboratory company in connection with the acquisition of a clinical laboratory services company based in a state with "corporate practice of medicine" prohibitions
  • Serve as outside general counsel for a Philadelphia-based life sciences company and provide counsel related to corporate governance, commercial, and strategic acquisition matters, including the licensing of pediatric drug assets
  • Advise the developer of a consumer-focused health care technology platform that allows dentists to connect with, and offer alternative payment options to, patients
  • Counsel hospital and health systems clients on physician practice acquisitions and physician compensation arrangements
  • Advised a New Jersey-based Continuing Care Retirement Community in connection with its affiliation with a nationally recognized senior living organization
  • Represented a local specialty pharmacy in connection with a series of retail pharmacy asset acquisitions
  • Counseled a pharmacy services client in connection with its negotiation of a multi-million-dollar credit facility used to finance its M&A activities
  • Represented a Philadelphia-based College of Medicine in connection with its affiliation with a national integrated health care provider/payer system and the creation of a new four-year regional school of medicine campus to provide additional educational opportunities for the client's school of medicine
  • Represent a School of Medicine in connection with its negotiation of an academic affiliation agreement with prominent hospital
  • Advised a regional cable services provider in connection the structure and execution of its expansion strategy that included the acquisition of assets from multiple competing cable systems
  • Represented a Philadelphia-based private equity firm in connection with numerous M&A transactions including the acquisition of a Utah-based consumer products company
  • Serve as outside general counsel for a securities research firm and provide strategic guidance on merger and acquisition strategy and day-to-day corporate governance and commercial contract matters
  • Represented a Philadelphia-based architecture firm that specializes in commercial architecture in the hospitality, gaming, and entertainment industry in the sale of substantially all of its assets to a global architecture, design, and consulting services organization
  • Represented a consumer services client in connection with its Series A fundraising activities
  • Advised a life sciences company in connection with a convertible debt and warrant offering

Judicial Externship

Hon. James R. Melinson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

Council Member, Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts, 2018-present

Board Member, Chestnut Hill Community Fund, 2018-present

Candidate Selection Committee, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, 2011-2014; 2015-present

Pro Bono legal counsel, Bringing Hope Home, Inc., 2008-2014

BASE Camp Advisor, Ballard Spahr LLP, 2015-present


Co-author, "New Stimulus Deal: Overview of Major Provisions Impacting Businesses and Individuals," Ballard Spahr alert, December 22, 2020

Co-author, "Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.," Ballard Spahr alert, January 23, 2016 

Co-author, "Plaintiffs Cannot Bring Data Breach Lawsuits Without Evidence That Information Will Be Used To Harm," Ballard Spahr alert, August 17, 2016 

Co-author, "FTC Finally Loses a Hospital Merger Challenge … Now What?" Ballard Spahr alert, May 11, 2016

Co-author, "New NIST Guide Advises Health Care Companies on Securing Patient Health Information on Mobile Devices," Ballard Spahr alert, August 11, 2015

Co-author, "Morristown Memorial Hospital: A Tax Exemption Ruling All Nonprofit Hospitals Need to Know About," Ballard Spahr alert, July 21, 2015

Co-author, "FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability," Ballard Spahr alert, July 13, 2015

Co-author, "Pennsylvania Court Rejects Request to Create Common Law Duty to Protect Sensitive Personal and Financial Information," Ballard Spahr alert, June 4, 2015

Speaking Engagements

"FTC As De Facto Privacy Regulator: 10 Things You Need To Know," Ballard Spahr CLE, July 22, 2015

"Medical Identity Theft: Understanding and Protecting Against the Risk," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 8, 2015

"Defining (and Divining) Reasonableness in U.S. Privacy and Data Security," Ballard Spahr CLE, Baltimore, June 3, 2015

"Current Trends in Data Privacy Litigation and FTC Enforcement," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 23, 2015

"The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Healthcare Data," Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter: 7th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, April 21, 2015

"Hospitals and Health Systems – Update on Recent Regulatory Guidance," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 16, 2015

Villanova School of Law (J.D. 2003)

Brown University (B.A. 2000)