Robert J. Baudino, Jr.

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Robert J. Baudino, Jr.

With more than thirty years of Corporate and Transactional Law experience, Robert J. Baudino, Jr. serves as counsel to eight nonprofit hospital systems throughout the United States and over twenty hospitals. He provides legal advice to health systems and hospitals for day-to-day operations and a variety of transactions, including, but not limited to acquisitions, divestitures, new business formations, nonprofit taxation, clinical integration, physician alignment, crisis management, Certificate of Need, Medicare compliance, Antitrust, group purchasing organizations and managed care contracting. Additionally, he provides representation for long-term care and assisted living providers, including the largest privately held long-term care and assisted living provider in the United States.

Robert’s hospital transaction work has resulted in a high degree of interaction and familiarity with Chief Executive Officers, Senior Administrative Staff Members and the Board of Directors of all Baudino clients, as well as the CEOs of many investor-owned companies such as HCA, Tenet, Vanguard and Ardent. Additionally, Robert has represented several Catholic Healthcare Institutions, is well versed regarding Canon Law and has thorough knowledge of the 4th Edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services.

Robert fosters a highly collaborative environment and assigns qualified and experienced lawyers to all matters, ensuring that the right level of expertise is leveraged to best serve the clients and their organizations. He is directly engaged with every client and oversees all case and project work produced by the firm.


  • Negotiated a long-term lease and new hospital construction agreement for a nonprofit health system client, leading all aspects of the transaction
  • Directed 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
  • Directed litigation team that successfully defended Qui Tam case on behalf of a health system client in which the Office of Inspector General declined to intervene after a lengthy investigation and review of critical key evidence produced by the firm
  • Negotiated and executed two acquisitions for the same nonprofit health system client within one calendar year, leading all  aspects of the transactions
  • Worked closely with a client to strategically re-structure its organization to ensure it was well positioned for long-term sustainability
  • Formed a new physician hospital organization for a long-term client
  • Counseled client through clinical integration process for  430 physicians
  • Successfully led client through financing transaction and bond issuance for two hospital acquisitions, totaling $152.4 million


  • Negotiated and managed over forty-five hospital acquisitions, mergers or affiliations in the US since 1982
  • Formed two regional group purchasing organizations
  • Formed four physician-hospital organizations
  • Formed three physician-owned hospitals
  • Served on the litigation defense team defending nonprofit   hospitals in the nationwide uninsured class action litigation.
  • Served as special transaction counsel to an investor-owned hospital company
  • Represented various ambulatory surgery centers, independent practice associations and the nation’s largest privately held long-term care provider
  • Represented two investor-owned physician practice management companies


  Drake University School of Law,  Des Moines, Iowa (J.D., 1978 )

  Shimer College, Mt. Carroll, Illinois (B.A., 1975 - With Distinction )


  American Bar Association
          Health Law Section
          Antitrust Law Section

  American Health Lawyers Association
        Committee on Antitrust
        Committee on Hospitals & Health Systems
        Committee on Tax and Finance

  Association of Iowa Hospitals & Health Systems

  Iowa Academy of Hospital Attorneys

  Iowa Bar Association
        Committee on Health Law
        Committee on Trade Regulations
        Committee on Administrative Law
        Sarbanes-Oxley Task Force


    American Bar Association
          Antitrust Law Section
          Hospital Merger Task Force

    American Health Lawyers Association
          Past Chairman of the Antitrust Committee Agency Advice Task Force

    Iowa Governor's Task Force on Long Term Care, 1986

    Department of Public Health, 1988
            Committee on Certificate of Need Law Revision