Michael K. Gire

Michael Gire has a practice emphasizing mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law, federal and state regulatory issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, and medical staff issues. He has served as counsel to the Ohio Hospital Association and as a director of Providers Re, a Cayman Island captive insurer for health care providers. He has participated in more than 75 hospital mergers or corporate affiliations for the development of local hospital networks and has been appointed to state task forces addressing malpractice and patient safety issues.

Mike has lectured on health law at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, College of Law and the Master's Degree program in Health Care Administration and at Capital University Law School. He was formerly employed by the Civil Actions Branch of the Office of Hearing and Appeals for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010, Mike was named by Best Lawyers in America as the Columbus Lawyer of the Year in Health Care. He is one of only two attorneys in Ohio ranked in Band 1 for Health Care Law by Chambers USA.

"The 'excellent' Michael Gire advises on a broad array of healthcare matters. His practice includes handling reimbursement issues, medical staff concerns and corporate transactions."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"Mike is a dedicated professional with great legal advocacy. He is very mindful of each situation but is always there with legal references to guide us in our path. His expertise regarding health care transactions has been irreplaceable."

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2017


  • Loan denial appeal

    Represented a nonprofit corporation that applied for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency loan critical to its acquisition of the facilities and operations of a financially struggling county hospital. The agency denied the loan, and the nonprofit appealed that decision with the USDA’s National Appeals Division. The administrative judge decided favorably for our client, citing 39 separate findings of fact and four erroneous reasons for denying the loan.

Professional & Community Activities

  • President, Columbus Bar Foundation, 2019–2020
  • Member, Columbus Bar Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member, American Health Law Association
  • Member, Health Care Financial Management Association; former member, the Board of Directors, Central Ohio Chapter
  • Board of Directors, Providers Re SPC
  • Advisory Board, Masters and Doctorate programs in Healthcare Administration, Franklin University
  • Past President, The Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys
  • Past Board Member: Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys; Legal Aid Society of Columbus; Lifecare Alliance; Art for Community Expression; Contemporary American Theatre Company; HFMA; OhioHealth Hospice

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 1977
  • Admitted, District of Columbia
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 1991–2022
  • Senior Statesperson, ChambersUSA, Health Care, 2019–2021; Band 1 ranking, 2012–2018
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004–2018
  • Recognized for lifetime achievement in health care, Columbus CEO Magazine, April 2017
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2010
  • Listed, Top 100 Ohio and Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Featured, "On the Side of Angels," Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed, Who's Who in American Law


  • American University (J.D.), 1977
  • The Ohio State University (B.A.), 1970