Douglas B. Swill

Partner Chicago
Phone: (312) 569-1270 (312) 569-1270
Fax: (312) 569-3270


Douglas B. Swill is the chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. He counsels health systems, hospitals and medical groups in transactional and regulatory matters, including strategic transactions, affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, and governance matters. He also counsels clients on Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws, the Affordable Care Act, physician and other clinical integration strategies, Medicare and Medicaid audits, coverage and overpayment issues, compliance programs, voluntary disclosures, due diligence reviews, complex contract projects, and strategic lab transactions and joint ventures.

Doug has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years, and has been with the firm for 23 years, including as a partner with Gardner, Carton & Douglas, prior to its merger with Drinker Biddle. He is a past member of Drinker Biddle’s Management Committee and Allocations Committee.

Prior to joining the firm in 1993, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and practiced in the Office of the State’s Attorney’s Federal Litigation and Hospitals Departments. In that capacity, Doug represented Cook County Hospital in general counsel matters and Cook County officials in federal litigation matters that included oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Doug has served as lead counsel in the following matters:

  • Representation of the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in its affiliation with Carle Health System to establish the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
  • Representation of a large multi-hospital community health system in New Jersey in its proposed affiliation with another large New Jersey health system.
  • Representation of a multi-state health system in the acquisition of a Virginia community hospital.
  • Representation of a community-based hospital in a merger with a suburban Chicago health system.
  • Representation of a Michigan health system in a new joint venture health system with a publicly traded health care company.
  • Representation of a community-based hospital in the merger into a larger suburban Chicago health system.
  • Representation of a New York community hospital in the sale of substantially all of its assets to a New York academic medical center.
  • Representation of a new, single specialty physician group upon consolidation of five physician specialty groups.
  • Representation of a pediatric medical center for ten years as outside general counsel.
  • Representation of an Ohio-based health care system in an affiliation of three hospitals.
  • Representation of a multi-state Catholic health care system in acquisition due diligence of eight hospitals.
  • Representation of a multi-state Catholic health care system in the sale of a New Jersey hospital to a municipality and long-term care facility to a for-profit company.
  • Representation of a pediatric hospital in compliance-related matters.
  • Representation of a Florida multi-hospital system in the establishment of a management services organization to assist in physician integration activities.
  • Representation of a Catholic health care system in a joint venture with a community-based health system to establish a new joint ventured community hospital in Virginia.

Doug has served as lead counsel in the following matters:

  • Representation of several hospital systems in purchases and sales of physician practices, including advice on corporate structuring for physician integration and physician compensation methodologies.
  • Representation of a community-based hospital system in organizing and implementing an integrated physician organization with a physician governing council.
  • Representation of a national retailer in a regulatory review of optometry and pharmacy operations.

Doug has served as lead counsel in the following matters:

  • Representation of a Virginia health system in the sale of its clinical reference lab to LabCorp.
  • Representation of two large Midwest health systems’ lab joint venture in whole lab system management arrangement with private equity back laboratory management firm.


Chambers USA, Nationwide, Healthcare: Transactional (2016-2017)
Chambers USA, Illinois, Healthcare (2012–2017)
Leading Lawyers – Illinois
“Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyers,” Nightingale’s Healthcare News

Awards Methodology (

The ‘excellent attorney’ Douglas Swill chairs the firm's healthcare group. ‘What really stands out to me is that his clients have a great affinity for him,’ says one typical contributor who highlights his ‘really nice style and way.’ He is sought out by hospitals, health systems and medical groups to advise on regulatory matters as well as transactional issues.


His broad-based expertise includes advising providers on transactions such as strategic integrations and regulatory issues such as antikickback concerns. Clients describe him as ‘extremely strong’ and note that he ‘really understands healthcare law.’


Healthcare practice group head Douglas Swill draws praise for his 'tremendous, well-rounded expertise in healthcare.' He advises on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues, including M&A and acquisitions and governance matters, and is particularly singled out for his work in the nonprofit arena.

Chambers USA


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, LL.M., Health Law, 1990
  • Washington University, J.D., 1989
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1986


  • Center for Healthcare Innovation, Board of Directors