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"Thank you for all your help in the transaction - I am very impressed! I really liked the way you keep your cool under pressure. Will definitely recommend your group to my professional colleagues."

Dr. Papineni, Owner/Seller of a physicians practice


Hal is a creative thinker, guiding his clients when it comes to business building and problem-solving. He sees both the big picture and specific issues as clients evaluate joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations or long-term planning.

Hal has focused his practice on the healthcare industry during the last 20 years, representing for-profit, nonprofit and governmental entities. He has been on the front line of healthcare evolution and innovation, witnessing firsthand successes and failures at both the industry and business levels. He uses his extensive knowledge to help clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare industry and benefit from lessons learned.

Hal appreciates the opportunity to serve his diverse clients, which range from big to small and from established businesses to startups. He understands the unique needs and objectives of his clients and does not take a “one-size-fits-all” approach when developing a client relationship.

As a recognized authority, Hal is regularly asked by industry leaders to lecture on corporate, transactional and regulatory issues, including business startups, healthcare evolution and collaborations between for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

"Thank you for all your help in the transaction - I am very impressed! I really liked the way you keep your cool under pressure. Will definitely recommend your group to my professional colleagues."

Dr. Papineni, Owner/Seller of a physicians practice




  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers in America©, Health Care Law, 2008-2020
  • Chambers USA, Healthcare Law, 2007-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Health Care Law, 2003, 2004, 2009-2019


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin


  • Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Chair-elect, 2019-2020
    • Health Law Council, Secretary, 2014-2018
    • Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-2017
    • ABA Relations, Vice Chair, 2014-2020
    • SOC Membership Committee, Liaison, 2014-2018
    • Leadership Meeting Planning, Vice Chair, 2017-2018; Chair, 2019-2020
    • Physicians Legal Issues Conference, Vice Chair, 2017-2020
    • Finance, Vice Chair, 2019-2020
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Health Law Section, Chair, 2018-2019
  • Texas Bar Association
    • Health Law Section, Vice Chair, 2017-2018
    • Health Law Council, 2011-present
Featured Experience

New Business Model Paves the Way for Success

Hal advised on the creation and design of a B2B and B2C business model for a national behavioral telehealth technology company. Hal tailored the model to comply with federal and applicable state legal and regulatory requirements, including telehealth, corporate practice, fee splitting, privacy and security, and corporate formalities. The model has allowed the client to more quickly and efficiently scale across the country.

Additional Experience
  • Advised a regional multispecialty orthopedic group on expansion into the Southeast United States, along with its associated service line management and trauma coverage arrangements.
  • Represented a multicounty network of physicians and hospitals in creating an accountable care organization (ACO) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program and in developing clinical integration for purposes of contracting with commercial third-party payors.
  • Served as outside general counsel to a private equity-backed multi-state ophthalmology, optometry and surgery center enterprise.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

An early-morning workout guy, Hal enjoys yoga and spin classes.

He was one of the first adopters of goat yoga, practicing at GOGA Goat Yoga in Austin.

He also loves to fish and travel with his wife, Tricia, a software engineer, and their children, Harrison and Morgan.

Community Leadership
  • Community Advancement Network, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Integral Care, Board of Trustees, 2011-2018, Chair, 2018-present
  • New Milestones Foundation, Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Spine Hope, General Counsel, 2017-present
  • Quarterly Forum nonprofit, General Counsel, 2018-present
South by Southwest

Hal is an active participant in Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference

SXSW attracts entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, and other technology and digital professionals from around the globe. His recent engagements included serving as a mentor for startups. Hal provided insights on corporate governance, funding strategies and various operational issues faced by emerging businesses.

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