Brian F. Higgins

Senior Associate
T 513.651.6839
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Brian is a corporate lawyer with specialized knowledge of the healthcare industry’s nuanced statutes and regulations. He advises healthcare clients on corporate formation, transactions, and regulatory concerns to ensure compliance with the anti-kickback statute and the Stark law. He has also implemented company-wide compliance policies and procedures addressing fraud, waste, and abuse and patient privacy protections through HIPAA and the federal Part 2 regulations for substance abuse programs. Brian knows the unique challenges presented by medical marijuana laws and assists healthcare providers and entrepreneurs with understanding the federal law interaction with such laws.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a corporate attorney at Medpace, Inc., a publicly-traded clinical research organization focused on the development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Brian also served as a legal intern to The Christ Hospital’s legal department.  


Created and implemented organization-wide approaches to various healthcare facilities’ approach to medical marijuana.

Advised clients on the federal Stark law and anti-kickback statute and their state law equivalents when structuring investment opportunities for physicians in management services organizations.

Counseled clients on patient privacy issues and disclosures under federal law like HIPAA and the Part 2 Regulations.

Provided regulatory and corporate law advice on the structure and operations of substance use disorder clinics.

Negotiated the regulatory licensure transfer for a non-profit health system’s sale to a for-profit buyer in the midst of a multi-million dollar acquisition.

Drafted corporate and offering documents for investment in ambulatory surgical centers.

Assisted in negotiating the multi-million dollar sale of a physician group to a national health system.

Drafted corporate formation documents, including operating agreements, bylaws, and codes of regulations for healthcare entities.

Advised pharmaceutical manufacturers on Medicare’s 340B program.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Medical Marijuana Law Update – The Health Collaborative (Cincinnati, Ohio) - April 1, 2019

Medical Marijuana Law for Elder Care Professionals – The Forum on Aging’s Annual Conference (Sharonville, Ohio Convention Center) - March 12, 2019

Medical Marijuana Law for Health Care Professionals – Law Office of Dennison Keller (Blue Ash, Ohio) - February 28, 2019

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law – Cincinnati Bar Association’s Health Law Series (Cincinnati, Ohio) - December 6, 2018

Medical Marijuana Law for Health Care Professionals and Employers Webinar -- Rich Moore and Brian Higgins - November 13, 2018

Medical Marijuana Law Update – The Health Collaborative (Cincinnati, Ohio) - November 2, 2018

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Law – Cincinnati Bar Association Brown Bag Series (Cincinnati, Ohio) - October 3, 2018

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Law -- What Elder Care Professionals Need to Know  – Law Office of Dennison Keller (Blue Ash, Ohio) - August 23, 2018

Ohio Hospital Association Annual Conference, "Medical Marijuana and The Opioid Crisis: Risk Management for Hospitals" - June 5, 2018

Published book review (2013) in the Immigration and Nationality Law Review’s national publication about Ediberto Roman’s book titled “Those Damned Immigrants: America’s Hysteria over Undocumented Immigrants.”

Other Contact Info




Ginny Hartman
T 513.651.6481