Education

Kalamazoo College

B.A., 1994

DePaul University College of Law

J.D., 1997

Bar Admission

Michigan

Illinois

Billee Lightvoet Ward

Of Counsel

Overview

Ms. Ward specializes in healthcare compliance, corporate law and commercial transactions. She represents hospitals, physician practices, dental groups, and other practitioners as well as medical device manufacturers, clinical research organizations and other healthcare-related entities in corporate, transactional and regulatory matters. Ms. Ward advises new and established businesses on legal and operational issues including entity structure and formation, corporate governance, owner relations, mergers and acquisitions, contractual arrangements and other business matters. She regularly provides assistance and counsel regarding:

  • Entity formation and governance
  • Drafting and implementation of Bylaws, Operating Agreements, Shareholder Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements and Deferred Compensation Agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving physician practices, dental practices, hospitals and other healthcare providers and suppliers
  • Clinically integrated networks, joint ventures and other integration structures
  • Equipment and real estate leasing arrangements
  • Employment of licensed professionals and other clinical and non-clinical personnel
  • Medical Director and other administrative services agreements
  • Physician recruitment and retention
  • Software license agreements, mobile health and other information technology matters
  • Development and implementation of corporate compliance programs
  • HIPAA and other federal and state privacy and breach notification laws
  • Stark, Anti-Kickback and other federal and state fraud and abuse laws
  • Corporate practice of medicine and other state laws affecting healthcare providers
  • Scope of practice and other licensure issues
  • FDA regulation of medical devices and clinical research
  • IRB structure and operations, study subject informed consent, and clinical research agreements

Ms. Ward works in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo

P.O. Box 19725
Kalamazoo, MI 49019
Phone: 269-276-9444

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Health Law Section
    • Business Law Section
  • Michigan Hospital Association - Small and Rural Hospitals Council, Council Member

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters - A Community of Caring, 2014-present
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Board of Directors 2010-present; Development Committee 2010-present; Exhibitions Committee 2010-2012; Nominating Committee 2013-present
  • USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships, Co-Chair, Player Services 2008-present
  • Douglass Community Association, Board of Directors 2007-2009; Executive Committee 2007-2009
  • Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run, Development Committee Chair 2009-2010; Development Committee Member 2008-2010
  • Borgess Institutional Review Board, Former Board Member
  • Community Research Institutional Review Board, Former Board Member

Publications/Presentations

  • "Physician Peer Review: Ensuring Immunity, Confidentiality and Compliance," (Co-Presenter) Strafford Webinar, June 17, 2015
  • "Are You HIPAA-notized Yet?," (Presenter) Dickinson Wright Healthcare Seminar, Detroit & Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 2014
  • "E-Discovery – Strategies and Ethical Considerations for Protecting Privileged and Patient Health Information," (Co- Presenter) ICLE's 20th Annual Health Law Institute, Plymouth, Michigan, March 6-7, 2014
  • "Is Your Information Protected? Compliance & Regulations for Sensitive Data," Webinar, Crain's Detroit Business, October 2, 2012
  • "Health Reform Amendment Raises Ambiguities for Stark Law Compliance," (Co-author), MD News West Michigan, May/June 2010
  • "Is Your Data Safe?," (Panelist), Data Privacy and Security Briefing, Applied Security US Incorporated, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 25, 2009
  • "FTC Red Flags Rule: Are You in Compliance?," MD News West Michigan, May/June 2009
  • "Institutional Review Boards: Bureaucratic Roadblock or Knowledgeable Resource," MD News West Michigan, January/February 2009
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Acknowledgements

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Healthcare
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III All-American, 1994