Paul J. Welk

Paul is a shareholder and chair of the firm’s Health Law Industry Group and focuses his practice on corporate and healthcare law. In this capacity, he represents physical therapists, physicians, dentists, not-for-profit organizations, professional organizations and other business corporations and entities. Some of the recent transactions and clients he has worked on include the representation of:

  • Multiple physical therapy practices in implementing growth strategies through acquisition and the establishment of denovo clinics
  • Over one hundred physical therapists and physical therapy providers in equity and asset practice sales to strategic and financial buyers
  • Multiple physical therapy private practices with development and implementation of ownership succession plans
  • Multiple state physical therapy professional associations on a variety of issues
  • Multiple physical therapy providers regarding the transfer of partial ownership interests and the negotiation of governance and shareholder documents
  • Multiple buyers and sellers of the assets and associated real estate of dental practices
  • Multiple physical therapy providers in successful third party payer appeals
  • A manufacturing company with the successful negotiation of a shareholder dispute and stock purchase
  • A publicly traded company regarding the merger of two wholly owned subsidiaries
  • Two publicly traded companies regarding the ongoing review of distribution, supply and service contracts
  • Multiple sellers of skilled nursing facilities and related real estate
  • Multiple regional rehabilitation provider networks on a variety of issues, including formation and ongoing operations
  • Physician practices in sales to a health systems

Areas of Practice: Business and corporate law, health law, mergers and acquisitions

Articles and Presentations: Paul regularly lectures and writes on topics related to business and healthcare law and is the founding author of Legal Impact, a regular column in the American Physical Therapy Association Private Practice Section’s Impact Magazine.

Some of his articles include:

  • Customer Service & Compliance: Recent developments affecting physical therapy practices, Impact Magazine, June 2017
  • Performing a HIPAA Risk Assessment for a Suspected Breach, IMPACT Magazine, October 2016
  • Risk Management – Considerations for Physical Therapy Service Delegation
  • Succession Planning – When it’s Time to Hand Off the Keys to the Practice, Owners must be Prepared for the Transition
  • The Revised FTC Advertising Guidelines and their Affect on Marketing Practices
  • Seller Liability 101: Due Diligence, Representations, Warranties and Indemnification
  • Considerations When Reviewing Bank Commitment Letters
  • Sign Language Interpreter Guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Home is Where you Hang Your Goniometer (Discusses Clinic Space Lease Issues)
  • What’s in a (Fictitious) Name?
  • The Confidentiality of Patient Incident Reports
  • There is No Such Thing as a Free Ride, or is There?
  • Understanding the Value of a Practice’s Goodwill
  • Payment Considerations in Lien Cases
  • Ownership Structures to Promote Partnership and Succession Planning

Memberships and Activities: Paul is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Associations and past Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association Committee on Risk Management and Member Benefits.  He is also a member of the Bloomsburg Medical Supply Ethics Committee, the Duquesne University School of Physical Therapy Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association.  He is a licensed physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jurisdictions:  Paul is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Education and Background: Paul received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Physical Therapy degrees with honors from Duquesne University and his law degree with honors from the University of Pittsburgh.  He served as associate editor of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law Journal of Law and Commerce and received the CALI Excellence for the Future and Esther F. Teplitz Awards for academic performance in the health law curriculum. Paul is a graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law’s Health Law Certificate Program.