John Chesley has been a member of the Health Care Group at Ropes & Gray since 1985. For over 20 years he has focused on meeting the needs of clients in complex transactions and challenging regulatory contexts. John blends transactional skills with knowledge of tax-exempt organizational law, health care regulatory and reimbursement issues and securities law disclosure requirements. Beginning with the wave of issuances preceding the Tax Reform Act of 1985, he has participated in tax-exempt financings continuously throughout his professional career, serving as borrower's counsel, bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and investor's counsel. He has major tax-exempt financings to his credit in California, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island from high-yield unrated debt to AAA-rated bond issues for Stanford and Harvard.John's practice is broad. He serves as outside health care counsel for a large faith-based California hospital system, and has represented such diverse providers in such diverse matters as nursing home decertification proceedings, physicians in employment contracting, and a major nonprofit HMO in state receivership proceedings. He served as acquisition counsel to an innovative joint venture between a prominent physician clinic and a major HMO formed to acquire and operate primary care physician practices. He was a founding member of the board of directors of the largest state trade group in the assisted living industry, which turned to him to draft legislation that became the Massachusetts Assisted Living Act in 1994, a non-"health care" framework for fostering flexible approaches to enabling the elderly to age in place. He has spoken frequently on topics such as the Stark and Fraud and Abuse laws, health care regulatory reform and HIPAA. He has also received the following honors: The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2011) and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2011).John is a past member of the State Bar of California's Health Care Committee, serving in 2004-2005 as vice chair of education and 2005-2006 as co-chair.
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