University of Pennsylvania Law School
JD, 2001

University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics
M. Bioethics, 2001

Managing Editor (1999-2000), staff member (2000-2001), American Journal of Bioethics

Williams College
BA, 1995, cum laude



Julia R. Hesse


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“incredibly smart and organized; outstanding research skills.”

Chambers USA

Julia Hesse has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star.  She is the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Health Law Section.

Practice Focus

Healthcare Transactions:  advises private equity, venture capital and strategic investors regarding healthcare regulatory and transactional issues.  Ms. Hesse works with investors to assess risk related to healthcare regulatory and compliance issues in corporate transactions and provides advice in connection with government investigations and compliance remediation.

Regulatory Matters:  counsels a broad range of healthcare clients regarding regulatory matters such as fraud and abuse, self-referral laws, licensing, compliance, insurance, HIPAA and state law privacy and data security issues, including data breach matters.  Ms. Hesse works with many types of healthcare organizations, including institutions, physicians, dentists, health IT companies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and accountable care organizations. 

Health IT:  advises businesses on Health IT issues, including privacy and security, patient medical records, electronic prescriptions, health information exchange between and among providers, and the use of data and analytics.  Ms. Hesse also assists health IT providers in developing privacy and security compliance programs.  She assists clients in evaluating potential HIPAA breaches and in securing patient information, evaluating whether notice of the breach is required and developing mitigation strategies when a violation has occurred.

Representative Engagements

Private Equity/Corporate Transactional Matters 

  • Advise private equity and other public and private companies in context of mergers and acquisitions.  Routinely work in teams with other subject area experts (such as IP, real estate and tax) and provided oversight for other attorneys to complete complex corporate transactions.
  • Provide extensive corporate and regulatory review on behalf of private equity firms’ and investment banks’ acquisition of interests in variety of entities in healthcare sector, including state-specific regulation and corporate practice matters.
  • Advise on corporate formation and governance matters for both for-profit and not-for-profit institutions.

Healthcare Matters

  • Provide strategic advice and regulatory review of proposed ownership and compensation arrangements for compliance with Stark Law and federal and state anti-kickback rules.
  • Advise about privacy and data security compliance, including HIPAA and state law.
  • Extensive experience in data breaches.
  • Research compliance matters, including scientific misconduct investigations and advised on the related to development of research program in community physician practices.

Life Sciences/Human Subjects Protection/FDA Regulatory Matters

  • Routinely draft, review and negotiate broad range of agreements on behalf of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including agreements for and with Contract Research Organizations, clinical laboratory services, and consulting arrangements.
  • Review and update human subjects protection program policies and procedures on behalf of hospitals, for-profit IRBs and universities and assisted in AAHRPP accreditation process.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Ms. Hesse is co-chair of the Health Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  She is on the Board of Trustees for the Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts and a member of the Advisory Board of the Medical-Legal Partnership located in Boston, Massachusetts.  Ms. Hesse was co-editor of the Boston Bar Association Health Law Reporter from 2009-2012.  Ms. Hesse is also the President of Williams College Class of 1995 and was a community member of the Massachusetts General Hospital IRB from 2003-2008.


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