Douglas B. Swill

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, medical groups and other health care providers 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, EMTALA, 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 almost 30 years, and has been with the firm for 25 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 State's 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.


  • Representation of Advocate Health Care in its affiliation with Aurora Health Care to create Advocate Aurora Health. 
  • 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 Meridian Health in New Jersey in its affiliation with Hackensack University Medical Center to establish Hackensack Meridian Health.
  • Representation of Bon Secours Health System in the acquisition of Rappahannock General 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Representation of a new, single specialty physician group upon consolidation of five physician specialty groups.
  • Representation of a Midwest academic medical center in a strategic alliance for post-acute patient relationships with multiple skilled nursing facilities.
  • Representation of two Catholic assisted living facilities located in Mid-Atlantic states in a strategic transaction process.
  • Representation of a suburban Chicagoland health system in contractual affiliations with skilled nursing facilities to address clinical and financial integration initiatives.


Chambers USA, Nationwide, Healthcare: Transactional (2016-2018)
Chambers USA, Illinois, Healthcare (2012–2018)
Leading Lawyers – Illinois
“Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyers,” Nightingale’s Healthcare News

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Healthcare practice chair Douglas Swill is praised by clients for his ‘professionalism and knowledge of the subject matter.’ He has a broad practice advising healthcare providers and nonprofit organizations on both regulatory and transactional healthcare matters. [He] is widely regarded as an ‘excellent lawyer and fabulous human being. His clients love him.’


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.


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. Clients describe him as 'extremely strong' and note that he 'really understands healthcare law.'


Douglas Swill is well known in the market and advises clients on regulatory and transactional issues, such as acquisitions and corporate governance. Sources commend 'the way in which he delivers services and his concern and responsiveness.'



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