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Ann Margaret Bittinger

Health care Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

4.9   22 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 21 years
    Kansas - KS 24 years
    Missouri - MO 25 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2002
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1998
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ann

Learn Ann’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Health care
    Transactions and regulatory advice in the healthcare industry; Stark, Anti-Kickback, HIPAA, compliance programs; physician employment agreements and physician group structure.

    26 years, 5,000 cases

Ann M. Bittinger specializes in advising healthcare entities in their business transactions and in assisting physicians as they offboard one job and onboard to another.  Her particular expertise is in legal relationships between hospital systems and physicians or physician groups, such as co-management agreements, joint ventures, clinical integration arrangements, practice acquisitions and employment agreements.  Her clients include all types of entities and individuals in the healthcare industry: health systems, physician groups, physicians, a physician-hospital organization, laboratories, pharmacies, distributors and other practitioners.  Board certified by The Florida Bar in health law in 2006, she is in particular demand from companies located outside Florida that are expanding their businesses into Florida.  She has serviced client companies headquartered in Dallas, Nashville, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London, U.K.

In May 2014, Ann was elected to the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors to serve a three year term and was reappointed for a second term.  She is the only attorney in private practice in Florida to ever serve on the Board.  She has presented at a dozen AHLA in-person seminars and webinars on healthcare transactions and legal ethics issues.

Ann works only in the healthcare industry, focusing all her time on her health care clients' needs.

Ann is evaluated by her peers as a “preeminent” attorney, and awarded the “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating identifies a lawyer with preeminent expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence.

Ann is dedicated to Northeast Florida and its healthcare community.  A resident of Jacksonville, her local business leadership was highlighted in 2005 when the Jacksonville Business Journal named her one of Jacksonville’s top Up and Comers. She is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2008. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and in 2006 was named a top up and coming attorney by Florida Trend magazine.  She formerly served as a board member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.  She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation.

She lectures frequently on health law matters for local, state and national groups including the American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association. From 2010-2012 she was the Chair of the Physician Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. She also edited that Group’s national newsletter. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar.  She chaired the health law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association for two years.

Ann has drafted articles for the last six annual editions of the Health Law Handbook, published by Westlaw.  Contributors are well-respected healthcare attorneys from across the nation.  Her chapters include:  “The Boomerang Effect of Hospital/Physician Integration: Approaching Medical Practice Sales with an Eye on a Future Unwind, ”Operating in the Red: Important Lessons on Physician Employment Compensation by Hospitals Anticipating Referrals, and the latest chapter will address the whistleblower case from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.  She also wrote the chapter in the AHLA’s Representing Physician Handbook on hospital-based physician groups’ contracts with hospital systems.


She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Missouri and Kansas.  Ann graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she earned the prestigious position of editor-in-chief of the law review. Upon graduation, she worked for law firms in Kansas City, Missouri, practicing transactional and regulatory law for business and health care clients. In 2001 she was hired by Nemours as its health law attorney in its Jacksonville headquarters. Identifying a need for health care attorneys in Northeast Florida, she started her firm in 2004. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, she most enjoys representing new businesses and businesses in growth phases.

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Ann Bittinger
121 W Forsyth Street
Suite 120
Jacksonville, FL, 32202

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4.9 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
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Posted by Cristina | January 3, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
In great hands
I wanted to take the time to thank you for your guidance and support. I’ve never needed “legal counsel” before and my idea of what it would look like was far from what I experienced. In a time of uncertainty and distress- your warmth and expertise and promptness were so appreciated.
Posted by Ana | October 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer for all your contract needs
I'm currently a 3rd GI fellow and I hired Ann Bittinger to review my term sheet as well as negotiate my employee contract for a hospital system. Ann was thorough, efficient and responsive to all forms of communication. She listened to all my needs during our introductory phone meeting and help translate that into effective contract negotiations. She presented MGMA data to me that was pertinent to my field as a new GI physician to help compare my current offer to others in the field and ultimately was key in negotiations. She was highly successful in helping me negotiate all the terms for my contract including but not limited to salary, rvus, bonuses, etc. Additionally, she also highlighted areas I needed to consider more closely (which could have easily been overlooked without a lawyer, in my opinion). I could not be happier with her services! Thank you Ann!
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Posted by Patricia | March 1, 2023
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Supportive and knowledgeable
I worked with her to review and negotiate 3 different offers. In the end, her guidance and support resulted in a contract that has me feeling better than I’ve ever felt about a job prospect.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great ideas, thorough, successful
Ms. Bittinger was extremely helpful throughout the process of reviewing my employment offer/contract as a physician seeking a new job opportunity. She provided me with the knowledge and insight I needed to proceed in a professional manner. She addressed all of my concerns and was timely in her responses. Not only this, she gave me ideas on how to approach the difficult task of negotiating challenging topics in a tactful manner. With her help, I was able to negotiate a higher salary, a signing bonus, and an improved non-compete clause. Her input put me at ease through something that would typically make me feel very uncomfortable. I will be recommending her to all of my friends and colleagues who may benefit from similar services.
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Posted by Coleen | September 20, 2022
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Exceptional, Talented, Timely
I was referred to Ann by another Physician who has worked closely with her over the years on contracts and wow did I luck out! From our very first phone consultation, I knew I was in experienced, confident hands. She works efficiently with great attention to detail, incredibly responsive and and provided the right feedback I needed to negotiate with my future employer. I am thrilled with the final contract and will be definitely be using Ann for ALL future contract reviews. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Karla F. Loken DO OB GYN | September 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Professional
Ann was referred to my by a fellow physician and for contract negotiations and separation agreement I cannot recommend her enough. She followed up in a timely manner, took time to understand my area of expertise and all of my concerns. She worked tirelessly to get my issues resolved and was worth the money spent on legal fees. If you are asking if you need a lawyer to review your contract - you do ! Just start with Ann Bittinger first !.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ann was beyond awesome, she guided me and was always there during my transition from big hospital based group to my very own private practice. She even called me back during weekend, evening hours if I needed to discuss things urgently. Ann made my transition stress free and gave me the courage to follow my passion.
Posted by AJ | March 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best healthcare lawyer to have on your side!
Ann Bittinger is the attorney you have to have on your side with anything healthcare related. She is very knowledgeable, prompt and great to work with. She was integral in my job contract review and was able to negotiate many changes in contracts that were not necessarily in my favor. She is the person I would turn to for advise and representation in anything legal relating to medical practice.
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Posted by Kandace | August 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Ann was able to successfully navigate a very complicated situation for me with multiple contracts and a non-compete. She goes above and beyond for her clients and I really felt like I was working with a trusted colleague. Her experience and knowledge of the law are unparalleled. She was referred to me by another happy client & we both recommend her to anyone in need of medical legal services.
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Posted by David Raymond | June 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Professional's Professional
As a consultant to hospitals we needed a HIPAA risk analysis and Plan developed ASAP to secure a contract. Ms. Bittinger and her staff were very succinct in what they needed from us, in walking us through all the steps and in providing finished results that met our needs and took our company to a higher level in serving our clients, all in a very timely fashion. The Risk Assessment and recommendations were spot on, affordable and doable.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2019
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General Surgeon
Ann is an outstanding attorney with a great sense of the law in the area of medical contracts. I have worked with her on more than one occasion and recommended her to fellow physicians who have been equally satisfied with the quality of her work. She has assisted in extracting me from hostile contractual obligations with the utmost of professionalism, despite sometimes having to negotiate with opposing counsel that is not so. Additionally she is aware of her client's financial investment in her and is careful to use her time wisely. I would recommend her without hesitation to any physician or health care provider for preemptive contract evaluation or if conflicts arise as well.
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Posted by Dr. Nick | April 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Health Care CEO/Managing Partner
When it comes to health care law and professional legal representation there is NONE better. Ms. Bittinger has guided our corporation from inception, navigated mergers, acquisitions and has supplied our corporation with a solid defensible legal infrastructure. In the ever changing health care world you need to partner with visionaries and those who have their finger on the pulse. One way is to be a leader and educator. Ann's CV and professional result speak volumes. Look no further Ms. Ann Bittinger is your consultant of choice.
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Posted by David | April 11, 2019
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David Webb MD
Provided excellent service regarding contract review, and assisted with setting up business corporation. I highly recommend the Bittinger Law Firm.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very grateful
I’ve contacted Ann Bittinger when I was in a very complicated situation and my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed almost impossible. Not only was she able to solve the case, but her style of work, knowledge and calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional support. I am very grateful for her service and I hereby recommend Ms. Ann Bittinger without reservation.
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Posted by Heather | May 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful service
Ms. Bittinger is friendly, efficient, and very knowledgeable. I have worked with her twice now for contract review and negotiation and have been very pleased each time. She is happy to answer questions and explains things so that I understand them well. I would recommend her highly to any health professional needing legal services.
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Posted by Neha | April 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ann was fantastic and very approachable with my contract negotiation. She was my voice and guided me appropriately with the whole contract negotiation. Highly recommend her.
Posted by Steve | May 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Legal Advice and Solutions
Ann and her team have helped my companies in many different ways. She provides expert healthcare, HIPAA, and regulatory legal advice in a rapidly changing environment. Ann is unique, she cares about spending legal budgets in the right areas to mitigate risk and add enterprise value for her clients.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2008
Business Owner, MD
Ann is an outstanding lawyer. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2008
President, Coastline FCU
Ann is a great attorney because she is honest & trustworthy then straight to the point with a Will Rogers type of wit and wisdom. Her legal knowledge is excellent but was rated lower in the financial sector versus her expertise in health and contracts.
Posted by Penny | May 12, 2008
Ann Bittinger
Our company has retained Ann Bittinger to represent us with the health care company that covers our company. Ms Bittinger listens carefully to what her client have to say, other attorneys I have retained do not have that talent. Our company deals with property rentals; Ms Bittinger has been able to solve disputes with the town in which live and the zoning department. When we have a legal problem we feel very comfortable and confident putting the problems into Ann Bittingers capable hands. Penny Barwick Orange Park Property Rentals
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  • Hourly Rates $ 600-600 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Shareholder/Attorney
  • The Bittinger Law Firm
  • 2004 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Nemours (including operations in five states; a pediatric hospital and 200+ employed pediatric subspecialist physicians)
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney (licensed in KS and MO)
  • Kutak Rock
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney (licensed in MO)
  • Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer and Gee
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • Law
  • 1998
  • The American University
  • BA
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Department of Health v. Abdullah
  • Very favorable settlement for professional


  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • 1998 - Present
  • Leadership Jacksonville
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Medical Group Management Association of North Florida
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Vice Chair of Physicians Practice Group
  • 2004 - 2014
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Board of Governors of Young Lawyers
  • 2004 - 2006
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Physicians Practice Group
  • Editor - Physicians and Physician Organizations Newsletter
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2009
  • Named to "Top Up and Coming Lawyers" List in Florida
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2006
  • Named to Top "Up and Comers" in Jacksonville Business Community
  • The Jacksonville Business Journal
  • 2005
  • Top Community Service Project
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2005
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  • Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society
  • Addressing Insurers Who Try to Take Back Alleged Overpayments
  • 2007
  • Florida Employment Law Letter
  • How to Negotiate Agreements So That Relationships Last
  • 2007
  • Florida Society of Rheumatology
  • Recent Legal Changes Affecting Rheumatologists
  • 2006
  • Northeast Florida Medicine
  • Issues with Pediatric Consent: Consent and Privacy Issues to Address When Treating Adolescents
  • 2006
  • The Florida Bar Journal
  • Legal Hurdles to Leap to Get Medical Treatment for Children
  • 2006
  • Physicians Organizations
  • Deciphering the OIG 2005 Work Plan
  • 2005
  • Florida Medical Business
  • Is an NP or PA Right for Your Medical Practice?
  • 2005
  • Health Lawyers News
  • The Pain Management Catch-22: Avoiding Criminal Charges for Prescribing Controlled Substances
  • 2005
  • Physicians Organizations
  • EMTALA Changes Create Arguments About On-Call Requirements
  • 2004
  • Pediatric Emergency Care
  • Changes to EMTALA Rules Affect Pediatric Emergency Departments
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Urgent Care Association of America National Convention
  • Top Legal Issues in Operating an Urgent Care Center
  • 2008
  • Urgent Care Association of America National Convention
  • EMTALA and Urgent Care Centers
  • 2008
  • Florida Allergy and Immunology Society Annual Meeting
  • Employing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • 2007
  • Florida Allergy and Immunology Society Annual Meeting
  • Employment Law issues in Medical Practices
  • 2007
  • American Bar Association Emerging Issues in Health Law
  • Florida Health Law Emerging Issues
  • 2007
  • Florida Rheumatology Society Annual Meeting
  • How to Avoid a Medicare Audit
  • 2006
  • Florida Rheumatology Society Annual Meeting
  • Payer Contract Negotiation Pitfalls
  • 2006
  • Physicians and Physician Organizations Institute
  • How to Establish Fair Market Value for Stark and Anti-Kickback Purposes
  • 2004
  • HIPAA Summit
  • How to Implement an Effective HIPAA Compliance Plan
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Ann
Health care Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Ann. Her many positives include: intelligence, responsiveness & creativity, all while being practical. Ann has significant experience in representing Physicians & their entities. When I have a Florida matter, she is the first attorney I think of referring my clients to."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Jacksonville Health care Lawyer Ann Margaret Bittinger
Ann Margaret Bittinger
Health care Attorney
Jacksonville, FL
Licensed for 25 years