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Ann M. Bittinger specializes in advising healthcare entities in their business transactions.  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 2005, 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 and will serve a three year term.  She is the only attorney in Florida serving on the Board.  She has presented at eight AHLA in-person seminars 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 Palm Valley, 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 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 is currently drafting her third contribution to 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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Practice areas


  1. Health Care: 100%
    18 years, 5 thousand cases



Hourly ($450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Frederick Schaff

    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.


    Michael Schaff Health care Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Bittinger Law Firm

13500 Sutton Park Dr S Ste 201
Jacksonville, FL, 322245291


FLMember in Good Standing200206/17/2016
KSAuthorized to practice law200007/04/2016
MOGood Standing, Active199801/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV ratedMartindale Hubble2009
Named to "Top Up and Coming Lawyers" List in FloridaFlorida Trend Magazine2006
Named to Top "Up and Comers" in Jacksonville Business CommunityThe Jacksonville Business Journal2005
Top Community Service ProjectFlorida Bar, Young Lawyers Division2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Shareholder/AttorneyThe Bittinger Law Firm2004 - Present
Staff AttorneyNemours (including operations in five states; a pediatric hospital and 200+ employed pediatric subspecialist physicians)2001 - 2004
Associate Attorney (licensed in KS and MO)Kutak Rock2000 - 2001
Associate Attorney (licensed in MO)Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer and Gee1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Health Lawyers AssociationVice Chair of Physicians Practice Group2004 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Leadership JacksonvilleMember2007 - 2008
Medical Group Management Association of North FloridaMember2006 - 2008
American Health Lawyers Association, Physicians Practice GroupEditor - Physicians and Physician Organizations Newsletter2004 - 2008
Jacksonville Bar AssociationBoard of Governors of Young Lawyers2004 - 2006
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2008
Kansas Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2008
Missouri Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Department of Health v. AbdullahVery favorable settlement for professional
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology SocietyAddressing Insurers Who Try to Take Back Alleged Overpayments2007
Florida Employment Law LetterHow to Negotiate Agreements So That Relationships Last2007
The Florida Bar JournalLegal Hurdles to Leap to Get Medical Treatment for Children2006
Northeast Florida MedicineIssues with Pediatric Consent: Consent and Privacy Issues to Address When Treating Adolescents2006
Florida Society of RheumatologyRecent Legal Changes Affecting Rheumatologists2006
Health Lawyers NewsThe Pain Management Catch-22: Avoiding Criminal Charges for Prescribing Controlled Substances2005
Physicians OrganizationsDeciphering the OIG 2005 Work Plan2005
Florida Medical BusinessIs an NP or PA Right for Your Medical Practice?2005
Physicians OrganizationsEMTALA Changes Create Arguments About On-Call Requirements2004
Pediatric Emergency CareChanges to EMTALA Rules Affect Pediatric Emergency Departments2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
American UniversityJournalism and Sociology (double major)BA1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar"Best Practices in Structuring Call Coverage After the Recent OIG Advisory Opinion 09-05"2009
Urgent Care Association of America National ConventionTop Legal Issues in Operating an Urgent Care Center2008
Urgent Care Association of America National ConventionEMTALA and Urgent Care Centers2008
Florida Allergy and Immunology Society Annual MeetingEmploying Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants2007
Florida Allergy and Immunology Society Annual MeetingEmployment Law issues in Medical Practices2007
American Bar Association Emerging Issues in Health LawFlorida Health Law Emerging Issues2007
Florida Rheumatology Society Annual MeetingHow to Avoid a Medicare Audit2006
Florida Rheumatology Society Annual MeetingPayer Contract Negotiation Pitfalls2006
Physicians and Physician Organizations InstituteHow to Establish Fair Market Value for Stark and Anti-Kickback Purposes2004
HIPAA SummitHow to Implement an Effective HIPAA Compliance Plan2000