August 4, 2017
Polsinelli Grows Health Care Practice in St. Louis with Three Strategic Hires

Polsinelli announced today the addition of lawyers Ryan D. Chafe, William P. Hoffman, and Erin L. Thimmesch, continuing a wave of strategic hiring to expand the firm’s Health Care practice in St. Louis.

Polsinelli is the second-largest health care law firm in the country, according to the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

“These lawyers, each of whom is already tremendously accomplished, are fantastic additions to our national Health Care practice,” said Jane Arnold, vice chair of the Health Care practice and managing partner of Polsinelli’s St. Louis office. “Expanding client work, coupled with our commitment to help clients navigate unprecedented industry changes, fueled the need to bring these three attorneys to our team.”

Chafe represents a variety of health care businesses and organizations, providing counsel on regulatory and transactional matters. He earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law, his master’s degree in health administration from Saint Louis University, his master’s degree in public health from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and his bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Hoffman returns to the firm after serving as senior counsel for Express Scripts, the largest provider of integrated pharmacy benefit management services in the U.S. Hoffman’s practice focuses on health care fraud and abuse, self-referral laws, complex mergers and acquisitions, and general hospital operations. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University School of Law teaching health care fraud and abuse. He earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois.

Thimmesch helps clients navigate all aspects of health care law, with particular focus on regulatory compliance, privacy concerns for the health environment, joint development of health products by hospital and industry partners, and issues affecting academic medical centers. She counsels clients undergoing a transaction, helping them to comply with licensure and accreditation, corporate practice of medicine, and fraud and abuse laws. Thimmesch earned her juris doctor from University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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