Robert D. Sevell

Retired Partner


Robert D. Sevell is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was a member of the firm's Health Care Industry Team and co-chair of the Health Information Technology Work Group. Mr. Sevell has advised nonprofit and proprietary hospitals and health systems, medical groups and other providers on a wide range of health care regulatory and corporate compliance issues, including fraud and abuse; physician self-referral (Stark law); and inurement issues. He has also counseled health providers on developing, implementing and maintaining compliance programs, as well as assisted clients in investigating all manner of compliance concerns, including those precipitated by whistleblower actions and government investigations. Mr. Sevell has also handled a variety of business, transactional and finance matters, including joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; contractual relationships of various kinds; as well as tax-exempt financings as both borrowers and underwriter's counsel.

In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Sevell has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

Mr. Sevell is a graduate of Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University (J.D., 1973), where he was a member of the Loyola University Law Review. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1970). Mr. Sevell was admitted to the California Bar in 1973. His professional affiliations include the American Health Lawyers’ Association, the Healthcare Compliance Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Sevell has written and spoken on a range of health-related subjects, including:

  • Author "Legal Column" for the Journal of Health Care Compliance
  • "Nonprofit Governance Reform Continues to Draw Spotlight" November/December 2005) for the Journal of Health Care Compliance
  • "Hospitals Receive Guidance on Discounting Charges to the Needy, but Are All of the Questions Answered?" (May/June 2004) for the Journal of Health Care Compliance
  • "OIG and AHLA Focus on Roles of Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel" (September/October 2004) for the Journal of Health Care Compliance
  • Featured contributor In Search of Health Care Compliance 2001, published by Aspen Publication
  • Author "New Legal Debate Focuses on Vicarious Liability under the False Claim Act" (November/December 2001) for the Journal of Health Care Compliance
  • "Valuing Physician Practices by the Book: New IRS Text Offers Clues for Exempt Organizations" (January 1996)
  • "Managing the Due Diligence Process" (August 1996)
  • "OIG Publishes Model Compliance Plan for Clinical Laboratories" (July 1997) for Inside Health Law, formerly published by Aspen Publishers, Inc.
  • Author of a number articles for the Health Care Law Newsletter, formerly published by Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. of New York