What to look for in an attorney to review you physician employment contract?

You will find plenty of attorneys whom claim to be adept at reviewing physician employment contracts, largely in reliance on prior experience with employment contracts generally. You may later regret retaining a general practitioner or general employment attorney to review your physician employment contract. This is because errors in a contract review do not surface until after the contract is signed and the parties are bound by the terms of the contract, unfavorable or favorable.

Similar to procedures, there rarely is an opportunity for a “do over.” Consequently, any mistake or initial error has an irreversible effect. Accordingly, any provider would be wise to thoroughly evaluate the attorney he or she is considering. Below is a list of considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Does the attorney regularly review physician employment contracts?
  2. Is physician employment contract review an integral part of the attorney’s practice (as opposed to an ancillary service offering)?
  3. Does the attorney have the most recent MGMA and/or AMGA compensation data?
  4. Has the attorney published any material on physician employment contracts?
  5. How many years has the attorney been in practice representing physicians or physician groups?
  6. Is the attorney willing to offer any provider client references?
  7. Does the attorney or firm website focus on healthcare matters or general labor/employment matters?
  8. Does the attorney charge a flat fee or would you be charged by the hour?
  9. How polished is the attorney and/or firm website?
  10. If you are considering a contract review service (as opposed to a law firm), does it publish the name and contact information of the attorney(s) it works with in order that you can properly evaluate the attorney(s)?
  11. Is the price too good (i.e. low) to be true? (as in most cases, you get what you pay for!)
  12. Does the attorney offer his/her cell phone in order that you can reach him/her when it is critically necessary that you do so?
  13. Do you get the feeling that you would be dealing with a contract review mill, as opposed to receiving personalized attention with a reputable and experienced healthcare attorney?

If you are seeking an attorney to review your physician employment contract, please consider The Holloman Law Group. We would welcome the opportunity to assist you. If you have any general questions regarding physician employment contract matters, please feel free to contact us. We can be reached directly by phone at 202.572.1000 or via email at info@hollomanlawgroup.com.

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