Why You Should Consider Hiring a Healthcare Attorney

Why You Should Consider Hiring a Healthcare Attorney

How important is it for you to hire an attorney to review your employment contract? One word. EXTREMELY. Without having an experienced attorney who specializes in physician contracts and who is licensed in the state you plan to practice, you may end up signing away your life for what is comparably a low investment of time and money. Okay, you won’t literally be signing away your life, but this can make it quite challenging for yourself and your future.

Contract laws vary from state to state so it will benefit you greatly to consult with an expert. It is vital to hire an attorney that is well-versed on this topic and is able to review everything including aligning your expected duties with the market, termination clauses, liability insurance, non-compete requirements, etc.

Most notably, make sure you hire an attorney who specializes in contract law and healthcare. Hiring your friend who happens to be a real estate attorney may seem like a cheaper alternative upfront but could have major implications in the long run.

Expect to pay $250-$1500 or more to have someone review your contract. Don’t be afraid to ask as attorney for an estimated cost and to require the attorney to notify you if the cost is about to exceed the estimate. While this might seem expensive, a good attorney can protect you from issues that could cost you a great deal more down the road. Reach out to colleagues or professional associations to see if they have any recommendations.

We recommend asking for any legal opinions in writing. Go through your entire contract with your attorney and determine which items need further clarification or negotiation with your hiring practice. All changes you request of the practice should be presented at one time, so be certain you are clear in your requests with your attorney. Remember, each time a contract is altered there is a cost associated on both sides. Lastly, negotiate directly with your hiring practice. This is a great opportunity for you to assess how the practice negotiates and handles suggestions for change. This can set the tone for future discussions.

If you have any questions on how to go about hiring a healthcare attorney or have any other questions regarding physician contracts, please e-mail us at fellowshipoutreach@davita.com.

2019-12-01T13:20:53-07:00 September 19th, 2016|6-9 Months before Graduation|4 Comments


  1. Vivian December 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    So true that contract laws vary by state and a very good point for all of us to remember. Working with a healthcare attorney who specializes in contract law will get you the results you’re looking for. All too often I see people choosing to work with X attorney because he’s a friend of theirs even though his specialty is completely unrelated to their legal needs.

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  3. Teresa December 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Very good point about making sure to get any legal advice in writing, specifically from a licensed attorney who is currently practicing law in your state. Your employment contract is so important and must not be signed without proper legal advice.

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