Holly Buckley Partner

Holly Buckley is the Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Department, one of the largest healthcare practices in the United States. A partner in the Chicago office, Holly focuses on corporate healthcare transactional work and regulatory matters. She primarily counsels private equity funds and healthcare clients, including hospitals and health systems, medical practices and physician-owned hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers, on a variety of matters, including structuring transactions, regulatory due diligence, affiliation agreements and compliance matters.

Holly also counsels clients on general corporate matters, anti-kickback and Stark issues, self-referral, corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions, and licensure requirements. She has also assisted clients with revising and developing compliance plans and implementing compliance programs.

Holly regularly provides guidance to provider clients on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the HITECH Act, including counseling clients in addressing alleged breaches under HIPAA and the HITECH Act, and in responding to complaints filed under HIPAA with the Office for Civil Rights. She also advises clients on the legal issues related to electronic medical records and negotiation of electronic medical record agreements.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Holly was a client executive at Cerner Corporation where she worked within the client service organization and was assigned to several key customers including two large academic medical centers. She assisted customers with developing implementation strategies and served as a liaison between Cerner’s engineering, intellectual property and clinical teams and the customer.

While earning her law degree from Loyola University, Holly received the Chicago Women’s Bar Foundation General Academic Scholarship as well as the Joe K. Tse Scholarship in Health Law. She was also honored as a Bernard Conway Health Law Scholar and served as president of the Loyola University School of Law Health Law Society.

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, Certificate in Health Law, magna cum laude, Editor-in-Chief, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Public Interest Law Reporter, 2009
  • The University of Kansas, BS, Business Administration, 2002

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

  • Illinois

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Healthcare: Advice to Service Providers, 2021, 2022

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Healthcare, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2021, 2022

Finalist, "Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year," Women in Business Law Awards, 2022

Recognized in "Readers' Choice Awards", Top Author in M&A, JD Supra, 2022

Named an “Emerging Lawyer,” Health Law, Leading Lawyers, 2015-2017, 2019, 2021, 2022

Named a "Healthcare and Life Sciences Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2021

Named to "2019 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A", Mergers & Acquisitions, 2019

Selected as a "Top 50 Rising Star Dealmaker", Americas Top 50: Rising Stars, Global M&A Network, 2019

Selected as an "Emerging Leader", The M&A Advisor, 2018

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Health Care, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2019

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Healthcare: Service Providers, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2017

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