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R. Harold (Hal) McCard, Jr.

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney Hal McCard

T 615.238.6395
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R. Harold “Hal” McCard, Jr. combines decades of experience as in house and outside counsel for health care enterprises with a deep understanding of health care operations, regulatory compliance and complex litigation to provide responsive, effective counseling on a full range of legal matters with a practical, client-centered focus.

For nearly three decades, Hal has designed effective legal solutions for nonprofit and for-profit health systems, physician group practices, and ancillary/allied health care providers. This includes a relentless focus on providing guidance that enables executives and board members to make sound decisions on issues ranging from corporate governance to risk mitigation to strategic legal operations and mergers and acquisitions.

Most recently, Hal served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for a $1.2B publicly traded healthcare enterprise.

Hal is nationally recognized in federal healthcare regulations including Stark, Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act laws and has aggressively managed federal regulatory compliance and investigations. In one instance, he helped avoid upwards of $35 million in potential False Claims Act penalties and repayments when the U.S. Department of Justice declined to intervene in a qui tam case and the relator dismissed her suit.

In addition, Hal’s professional experience includes directing legal operations for six divisions for one of the nation’s leading publicly traded health care companies. In this role, he steered legal, operational, and regulatory due diligence for a $7.6 billion acquisition that created (at the time) the nation’s largest hospital chain.

Hal’s experience in private practice includes creating, launching, and leading a law firm’s health care practice through an expansion that established a national presence and a client base, including physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, and for-profit and nonprofit health systems. His experience includes corporate governance and public company board advice and counsel, SEC and NYSE regulatory compliance, federal and state hospital and health system operations and regulations, clinical network integration, fraud and abuse, mergers and acquisitions, physician and vendor negotiation and contracting, HIPAA and medical privacy, EHR, and health care IT negotiation and contracting.

The American Health Law Association has accredited Hal in mediation and arbitration.


  • American Health Law Association, Board of Directors


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating

Contact Hal McCard at 615.238.6395 or hmccard@spencerfane.com.