Michelle M. Garvey

Associate Chicago
michelle.garvey dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1265


Michelle M. Garvey represents health care providers in transactional, regulatory, operational and business matters. Her clients include health systems, community hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, physician groups, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), managed care entities, and long-term care providers. Michelle advises clients in transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations and other strategic transactions. She counsels clients regarding compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, False Claims Act, HIPAA and tax exemption laws. Michelle has extensive experience advising health systems and physicians on integration and alignment strategies, including the formation of clinically integrated networks (CINs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs), with particular emphasis on related quality and peer review matters.

Michelle is a moot court coach at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has also served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law.


  • Represented a health system in the formation of a joint operating company with over $1.5 billion in revenue.
  • Represented a senior services system in connection with a corporate reorganization involving more than 30 facilities in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Represented health care providers and medical device companies in HIPAA privacy and security compliance matters.
  • Represented multiple health systems in the development of CINs and related physician-hospital alignment initiatives.
  • Represented a hospital provider in the self-disclosure of $35 million in potential Medicare overpayments to the DOJ and HHS-OIG.
  • Represented FQHCs in grant compliance matters, audits and self-disclosures, managed care contracting and affiliations.
  • Part of a team that advised Thomas Jefferson University in its combination with Aria Health (Philadelphia, PA) on all aspects of the transaction, including negotiation of the definitive agreement, due diligence, and corporate and regulatory requirements. This combination resulted in the creation of the largest health system in the five-county region in southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • University of Notre Dame, M.Ed., 2008
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2006, magna cum laude


  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, Volunteer
  • Erie Family Health Center, Auxiliary Council Member
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Michelle's Areas of Focus