Many med students think that when they are done with a residency that the hard part is over and that there is smooth sailing from now one. Unfortunately, it often quite the opposite.

One of the first challenges they face is getting a real job, which requires signing a medical contract. For physicians signing their first contract and unaware of all the nuances of health care law, the best choice is to get a lawyer to look it over. The same goes for doctors and other medical personal changing jobs. The reason for this is that chances are the law has changed since they signed their last contract and there may be an additional stipulation that they are not aware of.


Health care is heavily regulated in the United States, physician employment contracts are subjects of frequent changes in order to comply with new regulations. That is why many law firms have attorneys that specialize in medical contracts and health care law in general. It is always a good idea to have one of the reviews a contract before committing yourself to anything.

Another reason for consulting with an experienced medical contract lawyer is because they are familiar with the local healthcare industry. They can offer valuable insight into what other prospective employers are offering to their medical professionals and tell you whether the offer you have is on par with them. Such advice can be invaluable and can save you a lot of aggravation down the road when you learn that the doctors in some other hospital are making way more money than you do.

They will also be familiar with your future employer’s reputation and the way they are treating physicians. This can tell you whether they are a good fit for you and what kind of issues you should be expecting to see on the job.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP


McDermott Will & Emery LLP is one of the largest law firms in the country, with over 1,100 lawyers in more than 20 locations. Their health care law department will be more than happy to give you any advice you need on your medical contract.

Alston & Bird LLP


Alston & Bird LLP was founded in 1893 and it is one of the oldest law firms in the country. For 20 consecutive years, they have been ranked among the best companies to work for, according to Fortune magazine.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC


Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC employs more than 700 lawyers in their 21 offices across the country. It is the 64th largest law firm in the United States.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC boasts a 10+years client retention rate for their healthcare law team. It is consistently ranked Tier 1 in healthcare law nationwide.

Crowell & Moring LLP


Crowell & Moring LLP is an international company with a very robust healthcare department. They employ more than 550 lawyers, mostly in the United States and Europe.