David J. Darrell

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David J. Darrell

David J. Darrell provides legal counsel to health systems and hospitals regarding transactional and regulatory matters, including CON, mergers and acquisitions and licensure. 

David has extensive experience in Medicare and Medicaid   issues including regulation, compliance, applications and change of ownership.  His recent Medicare and Medicaid work included the successful management of the detail-intensive transition and  enrollment requirements for three hospitals that recently changed ownership through acquisitions or leases handled by this firm.  David believes that guiding a client through the intricate Medicare and Medicaid regulations and protecting the client’s interests requires a meticulous approach and thorough due diligence to avoid any potential CMS action.

David is also an integral member of the Baudino Litigation Team and is deeply  involved in complex cases of Antitrust, Class Actions, and False Claims, including Qui Tam litigation.  He is recognized within the firm for his brief writing and attention to detail.


  • Chief brief writer on litigation team that successfully defended Antitrust case against a hospital client that was dismissed by the District Court, now vigorously defending on appeal against plaintiff’s claims.
  • Defended home health agencies in Iowa Federal Court on action brought under the False Claims Act.
  • Represented various Iowa nursing care facilities on multiple CON matters before the Iowa Health Facilities Council.
  • Represented various physicians with the Iowa Board of Medicine concerning matters regarding competency, practice, and other complaints.
  • Managed the Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and transition requirements following the change of ownership or lease of several hospitals.
  • Managed the regulatory matters in the restructuring of the Iowa nursing facilities of a national organization.


  • Medicaid recovery action against the Tobacco Industry.
  • Product Liability, Mass Torts, Class Actions:  cigarettes, diet pills, asbestos, furnaces.
  • Bankruptcy, representing private and governmental lenders.
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Law


  Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 1982 Cum Laude)

  Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana (B.A., 1978 Summa Cum Laude)


  American Bar Association
          Health Law Section
          Litigation Section
          Tort & Insurance Section

  American Health Lawyers Association
          Antitrust Section
          Fraud & Abuse Section
          Hospitals & Health Systems Section
          Tax & Finance Section

  Blackstone Inn of Court

  Iowa State Bar Association
          Health Law Section
          Litigation Section
          Environmental & Natural Resources Section

  Maryland Bar Association

  Polk County Bar Association