Manatt's Healthcare Practice Wins Chambers USA 2014 Excellence Award

Practice receives top honor for its work in health reform and strong national presence

Manatt announced today that Chambers USA has named the firm's Healthcare practice Winner of the Chambers and Partners' ninth annual Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in the Healthcare category. Manatt was one of five finalists for Healthcare, and the winners were revealed at an awards dinner held May 22 in New York City.

Citing the practice as a "heavyweight healthcare group," Chambers recognized Manatt's coast-to-coast strength in the healthcare sector and its ability to attract market-leading providers and insurance companies. The group has extensive knowledge surrounding health reform and has been at the forefront of implementation. It is often sought after by states across the nation looking for counsel regarding eligibility and enrollment in insurance products and payment and delivery reform.

Manatt represents prominent industry organizations, such as Kaiser Permanente, Ascension Health, Tenet Healthcare, Dignity Health, Kindred Healthcare, Maimonides Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, American Hospital Association, Accenture, Aetna, Humana, Westchester Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Health System, Sutter Health, and others.

"This is a significant honor for the group," said William S. Bernstein, chair of the firm's Healthcare practice. "With 80 professionals dedicated to healthcare - including attorneys, consultants, analysts and policy advisors - we built the first fully integrated, multidisciplinary legal, policy, strategy, advocacy and business advisory practice. Today, Manatt Health is working at the forefront of helping health care stakeholders of all types respond to the new business and market imperatives transforming the health care sector. We are extremely proud to be recognized by Chambers for the outstanding quality of our work and excellence of the team we have assembled."

Manatt is home to one of the top healthcare law and consulting practices in the United States. It is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top firms in healthcare by Chambers USA, and 10 of its healthcare attorneys were ranked individually as leading lawyers and three received the highest rating in the publication's 2014 guide. It is one of the most trusted advisors to government, not-for-profit organizations and private companies seeking to understand and adapt to the new imperatives of health reform. The group works broadly across the healthcare industry, representing state policymakers and agencies, payers and healthcare providers, foundations, associations, and product and service vendors.

Although the awards are based on research conducted by Chambers & Partners for the 2014 edition of its publication Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, the results are not simply tied to the rankings. "They also reflect a law firm's preeminence in key practice areas and notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service," according to Chambers.

Since 1999, Chambers has been identifying the leading lawyers and law firms in the United States through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Chambers' research for its 2014 rankings was in-depth, client-focused, and based on independence and objectivity. The rankings reflect a law firm's recent achievements - including significant work completed in the past year - expansion into a particular practice area, or the recruitment of high-profile partners.

About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is one of the nation's leading law and consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents a sophisticated client base - including Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies - across a range of practice areas and industry sectors. For more information, visit www.manatt.com.