Catherine T. Dunlay

Cathy Dunlay is a highly-regarded health care attorney with more than 30 years of experience. Her practice has been devoted to the representation of hospitals and other health care organizations in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as contractual arrangements, including a variety of hospital-physician relationships. She has counseled clients on operational and compliance matters, including Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark physician self-referral laws and Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement issues. .

Specifically, Cathy has served as counsel in a variety of transactions, including the purchase and sale of hospital and freestanding facilities; the acquisition and restructuring of hospital-owned physician practices; the formation of a variety of joint ventures, including joint ventures for hospitals and freestanding facilities; and the negotiation of management, clinical co-management and affiliation relationships.

She has been a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. Topics have included hospital acquisition of physician practices, provider-based status and under arrangements, health care reform legislation and Accountable Care Organizations.

"Catherine Dunlay is ‘an absolute expert on corporate health care. You know you are going to get quality work from her.’"

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2020

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Health Law Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Arthritis Foundation, 2010–2016 (Secretary, 2015–2016)
  • Member, Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Presentations & Published Works

  • Virtual Round Table Healthcare Law 2016, www.

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 1984
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2007–2023
  • Senior Statesperson, Chambers USA, Health Care, 2021-2023; Band 2 ranking, 2016–2020
  • Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2021
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004–2005, 2007–2009, 2011–2020
  • Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2019
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2017
  • Listed, Top 50 Women Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012–2014
  • Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012–2014
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D.), 1984
  • University of Cincinnati (B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature), 1981