Joseph W. N. Rugg


  • Physician transactions, group formation, and related practice business ventures
  • Clinically integrated networks, IPAs, MSOs, and ACOs
  • Healthcare compliance/fraud and abuse
  • Healthcare licensure & regulatory compliance
  • Healthcare transactions, M&A, and joint ventures
  • Small business start-ups
  • General business transactions, M&A
  • Business succession planning and restructuring
  • Asset preservation planning
  • Tax-exempt organizations

Mr. Rugg practices exclusively in representing healthcare providers, licensed professionals, and business clients in their transactional, tax, corporate and organizational, and regulatory matters.


  • The Florida Bar, 1981
  • Florida Medical Association, Public Member, Board of Governors, 2015-2016
  • Stetson College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2000-2012
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Past President, 2002-2004
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism, Past Chair, 2000-2001
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Health Law Committee and Medical/Legal Committee, Past Chair, 1996-1997
  • The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Past Chair, 1990-1991
  • Stetson College of Law, Center for Quality in Healthcare Law, Past Director
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Named as “Lawyer of the Year” for Health Care Law in Tampa
  • Chambers USA 2006-2014, Ranked in Florida for Healthcare
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2009-2012, 2015; Ranked for Healthcare
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2004, Listed as “Who’s Who” in Tampa Bay Business
  • Graduate of State and Local Chamber Leadership Programs: Leadership Tampa, Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership Miami, and Leadership Florida


  • University of Chicago Law, J.D., 1981
  • University of Florida, M.A., 1976
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1975; with high honors, Florida Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Panelist, Suncoast Healthcare Executives and Tampa Bay MGMA  Educational Meeting, "Hot Health Law Topics Every Executive Should Know," May 28, 2015.
  • Panelist, 2015 HFMA Florida Annual Spring Conference, "King v. Burwell and the Future of Exchange Subsidies," May 19, 2015.
  • Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity – Florida, AHDI Florida Annual Kickoff, "Legal Stuff That You Need To Know About, But Maybe Didn’t Think You Needed To Know About," January 31, 2015
  • Collier County Medical Society General Membership Meeting, Speaker, “2014 Business & Economic Updates for Physicians,” March 19, 2014
  • American Association of Orthopedic Executives, Co-Speaker, Webinar, “Don’t Let Compliance Keep You Up at Night! Maximize Your Time & Effort with These Tips & Tools,” March 6, 2014
  • Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, “Business Regulations,” September 2013
  • Collier County Medical Society Legislative Seminar, Panelist, “Healthcare Legislation Trends and the Potential Impact on Florida’s Physician,” October 24, 2013
  • Lee County Medical Society General Meeting, Presenter, “Mergers, Hospital Deals, and Networks,” November 21, 2013
  • Akerman Lunch & Learn Healthcare Series, Panelist, “The Changing Healthcare Environment,” August 1, 2013
  • The Special Needs Alliance, Speaker, “Select Topics in Healthcare Law and the Affordable Care Act,” March 11, 2013
  • American Health Lawyers Association, “Representing Physicians Handbook”, 3rd ed., Co-Author, 2012
  • Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, General Regulation of Business in Florida, August 2011
  • Hillsborough Bar Association Journal, Author, “Four Basics in Representing Physicians,” 2005
  • The Florida Bar, Co-Author and Co-Editor, “Not for Profits Corporations Manual,” 1991, 2d ed., 1995 & 1996
  • Quarterly Report of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, Author, “Covenants Not to Compete in Employment Agreements,” Vol. IV, No 2, Spring 1991
  • University of South Florida and All Children’s Hospital Residency Programs, Presenter, “Important Aspects in Negotiation of Employment Contracts” and “Avoiding Malpractice,” 1990-present (intermittently)

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