The Bittinger Law Firm
Ann M. Bittinger specializes in advising healthcare entities in the federal and state regulations that impact their patient interactions and business transactions. Her particular expertise is in the regulations governing relationships between hospital systems and physicians or physician groups. Her clients include all types of entities and individuals in the healthcare industry: health systems, physician groups, physicians, a physician-hospital organization, laboratories, pharmacies, distributors and other practitioners. Board certified by The Florida Bar in health law in 2005, she is in particular demand from companies located outside Florida that are expanding their businesses into Florida. She has serviced client companies headquartered in Dallas, Nashville, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London, U.K.
In May 2014, Ann was elected to the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors. She is the only attorney in Florida serving on the Board. She has presented at nine AHLA in-person seminars on healthcare transactions and legal ethics issues.
Ann is evaluated by her peers as a “preeminent” attorney, and awarded the “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating identifies a lawyer with preeminent expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence.
Ann is dedicated to Northeast Florida and its healthcare community. A resident of Jacksonville with a home on the St. John’s River (demonstrating her appreciation for Northeast Florida’s natural resources), her local business and community leadership was highlighted in 2014 when the Jacksonville Business Journal named her one of Jacksonville’s Women of Influence. In 2005, the publication named her one of Jacksonville’s top Up and Comers. She is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2008. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and in 2006 was named a top up and coming attorney by Florida Trend magazine. She formerly served as a board member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.
She lectures frequently on health law matters for local, state and national groups including the American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association. She is published monthly in the American College of Gastroenterology’s “Law Minds” column. From 2010-2012 she was the Chair of the Physician Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. She also edited that Group’s national newsletter. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar. She chaired the health law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association for two years.
Ann drafted chapters in the 2013, 2014 and 2016 volumes of The Health Law Handbook, published by Westlaw. Contributors are well-respected healthcare attorneys from across the nation. Her chapters include: “The Boomerang Effect of Hospital/Physician Integration: Approaching Medical Practice Sales with an Eye on a Future Unwind”; ”Operating in the Red: Important Lessons on Physician Employment Compensation by Hospitals Anticipating Referrals”; and the whistleblower case from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She also wrote the chapter in the AHLA’s Representing Physician Handbook on hospital-based physician groups’ contracts with hospital systems.
She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Missouri and Kansas. Ann graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she earned the prestigious position of editor-in-chief of the law review.
Upon graduation, she worked for law firms in Kansas City, Missouri, practicing transactional and regulatory law for business and health care clients. In 2001 she was hired by Nemours as its health law attorney in its Jacksonville headquarters. Identifying a need for health care attorneys in Northeast Florida, she started her firm in 2004. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, she most enjoys representing new businesses and businesses in growth phases.
Ann is a former newspaper reporter, holding a journalism and sociology degree from The American University. As a college student, she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and was published in the Washington Post.