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Ellen E. Stewart


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T 303.592.8310
F 303.839.3838

Ellen E. Stewart helps health care clients successfully navigate a myriad of legal issues and regulations so they can effectively deliver patient care while still meeting their business goals. Whether she is assisting clients in mergers and acquisitions, negotiating contracts or developing corporate compliance programs, Ms. Stewart is dedicated to providing her clients with the highest level of transactional counsel and litigation advocacy.

During her many years of practicing in this area, Ms. Stewart has served numerous clients, such as hospitals, physicians and preferred provider organizations, for a variety of issues concerning the delivery of health care:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Managed care contracting and enforcement
  • Information technology
  • Medical equipment and supply agreements and leases
  • Physician and executive employment agreements
  • Anti-kickback and Stark regulations
  • Medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations
  • HIPAA training and compliance

Ms. Stewart provides assistance to many types of health care organizations, including hospitals, physicians, and alternative delivery systems. She assists clients in the formation of new entities, the acquisition and sale of entities as well as providing general counsel representation which can cover a myriad of regulatory and contract issues.

Presentations and Publications

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Community Involvement

  • Medical Care and Research Foundation, Board of Directors, 1994-2005
  • Francis Heights/Clare Gardens; Board of Directors and Vice Chairman, 1987-1991 (HUD subsidized elderly housing project)
  • Montview Manor; Board of Directors, 1985-1988 (HUD financed elderly housing project)
  • Atlantis Condominium Association; Board of Directors and President, 1979-present
  • Linkages for Older Adults; Board of Directors, 1989-1991 (Community Outreach program for senior citizens of Park Hill)
  • Presbyterian/St. Luke’s School of Nursing Alumni Association, 1987-present, Honorary Member
  • University of Denver, Alumni Admissions Council, 1985-present
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Career Counseling Panels, 1989-1992
  • Opera Colorado Guild Member, 1990-present; Bravo Ball Co-Chairman, 1991; Grand Ball at 9 and Meistersinger Committees, 1992; Special Events Committee,1993-1996
  • Colorado Cancer League, Corporate Board of Directors,1992-present
  • Children’s Hospital Gala, Corporate Committee, 1992-present
  • Central City Opera Guild, Espirit de Noël, Volunteer
  • University of Colorado Foundation, Wines for Life Volunteer
  • Friends of Nursing, Member and Volunteer
  • Leadership Denver, Class of 1994, Health Care Day Coordinator, 1997-1999
  • Town Hall Arts Center, Board of Directors, 2007-present
  • Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies (pro bono legal counsel)
  • A.J. Kauvar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Honorarium Faculty, University of Colorado at Denver, Graduate School of Business, Program in Health Administration (Ethical Decision Making in Health Care)
  • Honorarium Faculty, University of Denver, University College, Graduate Program in Health Administration (Health Law)
  • Honorarium Faculty, College of St. Francis, Graduate Program in Health Administration (Health Law)


  • Council member, Health Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 1991-1998
  • Chair, Health Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 1996-1997
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Colorado Chapter, (Board of Directors, 1987-present; Treasurer, 1988-1989; Secretary 1989-1990; Vice President 1990-1991; President Elect 1991-1992; President 1992-1993; Secretary 2001-2005); National Matrix 1993-1994; Chapter Liaison Representative 1996-1997; National Nominating Committee 1997-1998; Numerous Chapter Committees
  • American Health Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Forum in Health Administration (Vice President 1988- 89; President 1989-90; Board of Directors 1987-present)
  • American College of Health Care Executives


  • Folmer Bronze Award, Reeves Silver Award, Muncie Gold Award and Medal of Honor, Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2023
  • 5280 Top Lawyer 2016-2020
  • Law Week Colorado, Barrister’s Best – Healthcare, 2015
  • Martindale AV Preeminent
  • AVVO – rated 10.0 out of a possible 10

Contact Ellen Stewart at 303.592.8310 or estewart@spencerfane.com.