Jeffrey M. Peterson, former senior transactional counsel for a Fortune 200
diversified healthcare services company, has joined McGuireWoods’ healthcare
practice as a partner in the firm’s Dallas office.
Peterson’s practice will focus on representing hospitals and healthcare
systems in a wide range of strategic transactions, including mergers and
acquisitions, divestitures, affiliations, and joint ventures. He comes to
McGuireWoods from Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, where he played a critical role
advising the Acquisition and Development department. Tenet operates 83 acute
care hospitals, 19 short-stay surgical hospitals and more than 400 outpatient
centers in the United States, as well as nine facilities in the United Kingdom.
Peterson gained considerable experience advising healthcare clients during a
period of rampant industry consolidation that coincided with implementation of
the Affordable Care Act. He was involved with acquisitions and divestitures of
hospitals, outpatient centers, independent physician associations, and
management services organizations. Peterson also has experience in the formation
of strategic partnerships between for-profit and nonprofit health systems to
operate healthcare businesses and pursue other development initiatives.
In addition, Peterson has handled transactions involving accountable care
organizations, physician practices and health plans. He also has experience in
emerging healthcare industries, such as population health management companies
and revenue cycle management arrangements. Peterson has advised clients on
complex regulatory processes such as conversion statutes, certificate of need
applications, state attorney general filings and approvals, and Hart-Scott-Rodino and other antitrust matters.
“Jeff’s experience in a large, publicly-traded healthcare system gives him a
unique perspective on the challenges hospitals and other providers face in a
rapidly changing marketplace,” said Amber McGraw Walsh, chair of McGuireWoods’
healthcare practice. “His skill set will be a tremendous asset for us and for
McGuireWoods is a leader in bringing together healthcare providers and
investors. The firm hosts an annual healthcare-focused private equity, lending
and finance conference in Chicago that attracts lenders, investors, C-level
executives and healthcare and life sciences executives to explore strategies for
closing transactions and achieving growth.
Peterson’s arrival continues McGuireWoods’ aggressive growth in Texas, which
accelerated last year when the firm opened its Dallas office with six lawyers.
The firm now has 30 lawyers in Dallas. Earlier this year, Texas Lawyer ranked
McGuireWoods the fastest growing firm in Texas for 2014 as it increased the
number of lawyers in its Houston, Dallas and Austin offices by 63 percent from
the previous year.
“Jeff will play a major role in growing our healthcare practice in Dallas and
his transactional experience will complement our strong private equity team,”
said Akash Sethi, managing partner of the McGuireWoods’ Dallas office. “He is an
important addition for us and we’re delighted to welcome him to the firm.”
Peterson earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of
Texas in 1997 and his law degree from The University of Houston Law Center in
2002. He is the third partner this year to join McGuireWoods from a corporate
“McGuireWoods has built a strong national profile for its work in the
healthcare industry, which allows me to take my experience and branch out to
represent other companies in this dynamic industry,” Peterson said. “I’m also
excited to be part of the highly regarded team the firm is building in Dallas.”
McGuireWoods has a team of more than 60 experienced, industry-focused lawyers
working with clients to navigate regulatory, litigation and transactional
matters in the healthcare industry in the United States and abroad. The firm is
ranked No. 8 on the American Health Lawyers Association’s annual Top Ten list,
which was published in the June 2015 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. The
list recognizes firms with the largest number of AHLA members.