Lawrence W. Vernaglia



Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he is the department chair for the firm’s Industry Teams Department, responsible for overall strategy and leadership across all industry teams. Prior to that, he served for 8 years as chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team. Lawrence represents hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers and a variety of other health care providers. Lawrence's practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; mergers, acquisitions and financings; state regulatory issues including licensing, change of ownership, and CoN/DoN; survey/certification appeals; fraud & abuse/Stark law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards.

Professional Memberships

Lawrence is the past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Committee. He serves on the editorial boards of The Report on Medicare Compliance, JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; and Medicine & Health/Rhode Island. Lawrence is one of nine members of the Medical Economics' Board of Legal Editorial Consultants and for many years, he has been chair of MCLE's comprehensive Health Law Basics program and the advanced Health Law Conference. He is involved with several not-for-profit organizations as a board member and legal advisor. He has been a co-chair of the Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCN) northeast regional annual meeting for the past decade.


  • Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system
  • Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list since its inception, an honor received by only 5% of Massachusetts attorneys
  • The Legal 500 recommended him for his work in health care, where clients described him as having “a strong focus advising service providers in major transactions” (2013 - 2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© recognized him since 2008 in the field of health care
  • Ranked nationally by Chambers USA for his work in health care where they described him as "smart, practical, responsive and creative," highlighting his "very impressive range of skills" (2015 - 2020)
  • Chambers USA has ranked him regionally in Massachusetts for his health care practice (2008 - 2019) and he also achieved a tier 1 ranking in Massachusetts (2013 - 2019) where they said:

Lawrence Vernaglia is highly respected for his broad and impressive practice, and in recent years has distinguished himself as a go-to name for compliance issues relating to federal healthcare reform. He is described as being ‘of the highest quality in terms of knowledge, responsiveness and business effectiveness.’

- Chambers USA, 2013

Publications and Presentations

Lawrence is the editor of the Clinical Research Compliance Manual (2019), the editor of the two volume treatise Massachusetts Health and Hospital Law Manual (2004, 2009, 2012), and the co-editor of the book Healthcare Compliance Professional’s guide to the False Claims Act (2007). He recently wrote the chapter on U.S. health care law for a treatise covering the health care laws of 16 different nations in the Health Care Law Review. He has published more than 75 other articles and book chapters on various topics in law and medicine in such sources as AHLA's Health Law Digest and Health Lawyers Weekly; Medical Economics; The Journal of Health Care Finance; The Boston Business Journal; and Health Care Policy Report.

He is a regular lecturer on hospital issues, physicians, long term care, and other topics in law and medicine. Speeches by Lawrence addressed topics such as: accountable care organizations (ACOs); physician/hospital joint ventures; discount/collection policies for uninsured patients; the Anti-kickback Statute; corporate governance for nonprofits; the board of directors’ role in compliance; reimbursement and managed care; and HIPAA.


Lawrence earned his J.D. and his master's in public health from Boston University, and his bachelor's degree from New College of Florida.


Lawrence is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.