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Brian Heaton serves as Chair of the firm's Business, Acquisitions, and Securities Practice and is a long-time member of the firm's Health Care Practice. His practice is primarily focused on providing general corporate and business law advice and assisting start-up and established businesses across multiple industries with everyday operations and extraordinary transactions, including representing both sellers and purchasers in complex transactions involving stock and asset sales, mergers, dissolutions, joint ventures, affiliations, licensing arrangements, and other restructurings. Mr. Heaton also frequently serves as external general counsel for his clients and has advised clients as to general corporate governance issues, transfers of ownership, buy-sell agreements, choice of entity decisions, fiduciary duties among owners and management, antitrust and competitive analysis (including Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings), and other matters. 

Mr. Heaton’s health care experience includes representing health care provider organizations, including hospitals, physicians, physician groups (including in the fields of radiology, oncology, orthopedics, podiatry, and general practice), ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities and hospital-physician partnerships.  As part of those representations, Mr. Heaton has experience structuring transactions to comply with state and federal licensing and certification requirements, corporate practice of medicine restrictions, fraud and abuse concerns, the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark laws, and other regulations unique to the health care industry. 

Mr. Heaton is active in numerous professional organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Indiana chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and as a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).
 

Representative Experience

  • Served as external general counsel of county hospital
  • Represented sellers in connection with private equity backed management company acquisitions, including use of “friendly PC” model
  • Represented buyers and sellers in numerous agribusiness mergers and acquisitions
  • Represented buyers and sellers in numerous mergers and acquisitions involving ESOPs
  • Assisted hospitals and physician groups with joint ventures, including imaging and ambulatory surgical center facilities and equipment
  • Structured co-managed service line arrangement between physicians and hospital
  • Negotiated transactions and assisted with Medicare, Medicaid, and state licensing filings in connection with change of ownership of multiple nursing homes and assisted living facilities for UPL-IGT program
  • Represented purchaser in connection with multiple stock and asset purchases of pipeline construction companies, including transaction requiring Hart-Scott-Rodino filing
  • Represented electronic medical records provider with various software licensing arrangements, including drafting and negotiating terms of service, white label arrangement, and statements of work
  • Negotiated and structured joint venture for the provision of home health services
  • Advised small business owners in connection with internal shareholder dispute and separation
  • Represented seller in 2013 “Deal of the Year” awarded by Indiana chapter of ACG
  • Represented purchaser in connection with multiple asset purchases of service providers to the automotive industry
  • Represented hospital in connection with acquisition of large physician group, including asset acquisition and employment and leasing arrangements
  • Represented Indiana school corporation in connection with various regulatory matters and day-to-day issues
  • Served as special transaction counsel for the first multi-state affiliation of behavioral health providers in the nation
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of established software company with operations in Canada and Australia
  • Served as local counsel for Canadian company acquiring business in Indiana
  • Coordinated restructuring of multiple health care provider joint ventures following regulatory changes
  • Represented trade association on general governance and member relations matters
  • Served as lead counsel for local restaurateurs, including negotiation and documentation of lease and asset acquisition
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition and consolidation of operations of two competing ambulatory surgery centers
  • Advised clients in high-profile litigation regarding fiduciary obligations among owners and management

Seminars & Presentations

  • "What's in Store for the Rest of 2020 and Beyond", Economic Update Forum, Association of Corporate Growth, October 2020
  • “Buy-Sell Agreements and Business Succession Planning”, Indianapolis Bar Association, June 2019
  • “Mergers and Acquisitions Masterclass”, Indianapolis Bar Association, March 2018
  • "Managed Care Entity Contracting and Other Considerations," Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, October 2017
  • "In-Depth Indemnification", Indianapolis Bar Association, July 2017
  • "A Medical Practice Workshop - Best Practices for Managing Change", Krieg DeVault, IMGMA and IHFMA, November 2012
  • "2012 Radiology Regulatory Update", Indiana Radiology Business Management Association, August 2012

Publications

Professional Associations

  • Indiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (Board of Directors, Member)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Chair, Executive Committee of the Business Law Section)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Member, Past Chair of the Health Law Section)
  • Westfield Library Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (past-President)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Hamilton County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)

Health Care Specialized Speaking Topics

  • Healthcare PE Strategies
  • Physician Joint Ventures
  • Surgery Center Development
  • Hospital Medical Staff

Click here to view specialized speaking topics for other professionals in our Health Care Practice Group.

Awards & Recognitions

  • BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Star, 2016
  • The Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law: Up and Coming Lawyer - Award Recipient, 2015
  • Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2011-2020
  • Graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, 2010

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Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2006
  • M.B.A., Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2006
  • B.S. in Finance, with honors, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 2003

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Indiana (2007)

Insights

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Managed Care Proposed Rule Summary

November 18, 2018

Thought Leadership

Upcoming INSPECT Compliance Dates

October 28, 2018

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Lights, Camera, Sanction

October 25, 2018

Thought Leadership

Dismissal of Non-Intervened Qui Tam Lawsuits

February 1, 2018

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HIPAA Security...Integrity Matters

February 1, 2018

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Recent DOJ Settlements with Physician Groups

February 1, 2018

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CMS Issues Guidance Regarding Texting Physician Orders

January 9, 2018

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Judge Allows Reduced 340B Payments, Effective 1/1/2018

January 3, 2018

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Tax Day Postponed until July 15, 2020

March 23, 2020

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COVID-19 Checklist for Businesses

March 23, 2020

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