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Richard L. Bouma

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  • Grand Rapids

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Rich Bouma has represented business entities, including health care providers, for over 30 years. He serves as counsel to numerous privately held companies on an array of legal matters including organizational and financial structure, transition planning and joint venture participation. Most of his clients are established businesses, although he also regularly represents start-ups. His clients come from a variety of different service and manufacturing industries, including health care, commercial printing, farming, restaurants and food services, advertising and engineering.

He has represented service and manufacturing businesses in numerous purchase, sale and merger transactions and joint ventures, as well as contract arrangements and governance and operational issues.

He also advises health care clients concerning transactional and contract issues, Stark and regulatory compliance, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and HIPAA privacy regulation. Rich is the former Chair of the Firm's Health Law Practice Group. His health care clients include hospitals, physician practices, physical therapy providers, and other medical service providers.  He provides health care counsel on joint ventures, regulatory compliance, contractual arrangements and operational issues. He has represented hospitals and medical practices in numerous purchase, sale and merger transactions.


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  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 1981 magna cum laude
  • Calvin University B.A. 1978


  • 1981, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Antitrust Law Section, Business Law Section, Law Practice Management Section, Heath Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Leadership Council, Health Law Section

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Adjunct Professor of Health Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Grand Rapids)
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Health Law, Western Michigan University, Master of Business and Public Administration Program


Health Care

  • Frequently represents physician groups negotiating with hospitals and large national companies, establishing outpatient clinics (such as cyberknife facilities and dialysis clinics) or other joint ventures
  • Completed provider contract negotiations for managed care organization and also on behalf of hospitals, group practices and surgical centers
  • Regularly advises community hospitals, physicians and other medical service providers concerning Stark II compliance, federal and Michigan anti-fraud and anti-kickback statutes, and tax-exemption issues (including tax-exempt bonds)
  • Successfully represents physician groups and individual physicians in separation-of-practice negotiations


  • Advises and represents businesses in all phases of development and operation, from successful start-up and capitalization to profitable operation, to purchase of new businesses, and sale or merger
  • Assists businesses in designing operational solutions, including practical contracts and employment arrangements and technology licensing
  • Represents businesses in structuring effective joint venture transactions

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2021, 2017 and 2015 Grand Rapids Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2009-Present
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014


Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association

Community Affiliations

  • Healing the Children-Michigan
    Chair, Board of Directors (1994-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent speaker on health law topics

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