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Dawn R. Crumel

Special Counsel
Washington, DC
T: 202.747.1953
F: 202.747.3896


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • A.B., Brown University, 1989
  • University of Bologna, 1987-1988
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
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Dawn Crumel is a special counsel in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, focusing on healthcare issues.

Areas of Practice

Dawn returned to private practice after working for more than 17 years as in-house counsel for academic medical centers and managed care organizations.  She has years of hands on experience as a strategic advisor to healthcare executives, a deep understanding of the complex issues affecting the healthcare industry, an instinct for practical problem-solving and the ability to offer go-to advice to in-house counsel.  Dawn is a member of the board of directors of American Health Lawyers Association and the advisory board of the Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter. Areas of Dawn’s expertise include:


Dawn has extensive experience with physician practice acquisitions, having negotiated and closed approximately 60 physician practice acquisitions in one year. She has remained active in this practice area throughout her career, representing both hospitals and physician practices. Dawn’s experience also includes selling hospital-owned pharmacies, acquiring nursing homes and hospitals and structuring health system alliances and affiliations.

Faculty Practice Plans

Dawn advises on structuring faculty practice plans in various types of academic medical center integration models. She consults on physician compensation and physician integration issues, having frequently advised on faculty and physician issues during her tenure as in-house counsel. Dawn also assisted in restructuring academic medical center compliance programs and has educated faculty physicians on billing requirements at academic medical centers.

Residency Programs

Dawn works closely with graduate medical education offices to resolve issues arising from resident education requirements at teaching hospitals and to ensure compliance with accreditation standards. In addition, she has structured arrangements between health systems regarding residency programs and negotiated PATH audit issues regarding the billing for resident services.  

Clinical Research

Dawn regularly counsels on clinical research, conflicts of interest in medical research and institutional review board issues and negotiates complex clinical trial agreements. She has written and spoken extensively on conflicts of interest and transparency issues.

Health Information Technology

Dawn negotiates health information technology arrangements for providers.  Having negotiated all health IT arrangements while in-house, she understands the importance of mapping out all functionality, licensing, documentation, the cost of enhancements, acceptance testing, payment milestones, downtime and interoperability.

Medical Staff

Dawn drafts medical staff bylaws in compliance with The Joint Commission standards and has deep experience counseling medical staff offices and credentialing committees, conducting fair hearings and advising on the national practitioner data bank reporting.

Dawn served as Vice President and General Counsel at Meritus Health in Maryland, Senior Associate Counsel at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, Senior Associate General Counsel for Health Affairs at Howard University in Washington, DC and Assistant Counsel at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA.  

  • RAVES (Recognizing AHLA Volunteer Engagement and Success) Recipient, American Health Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Faculty Practice Plans - Consulted with Dean of College of Medicine in re-establishing a faculty practice plan within the academic medical center, including negotiations of compensation models with physicians and review of best practices.
  • Health Information Technology Contract Dispute - Settled $1.2 million contract dispute regarding health information technology services to be provided to a hospital.
  • Physician Acquisition - Drafted, negotiated and closed $1.5 million physician practice acquisition of hematology and oncology physician group.
  • Accountable Care Organization - Advised a community hospital and its physician hospital organization in the establishment of an accountable care organization.
  • Establishment of Regional Health Alliance and MSO - Advised community hospital and implemented establishment of a Regional Health Alliance and Managed Service Organization with two other community hospitals to create efficiency by centralizing certain operational functions and to examine means to improve quality and access to care.
  • Interactive Patient System - Negotiated the acquisition of interactive patient system to support reduction in bed turnover time by 50% with extended discussions with hospital staff to ensure objectives of operational needs were met as well as reduction in hospital risk was achieved.
  • Graduate Medical Litigation - Managed litigation resulting in over $2 million in savings in a graduate medical education matter by reconciling graduate medical education reimbursement between two hospitals co-sponsoring residency programs.
  • Negotiations with the Office of Inspector General - Successfully reduced PATH liability for documentation of work of residents by approximately $3 million in negotiations with the Office of the Inspector General for a settlement and corporate integrity agreement.
  • Hospital Outsourcing - Negotiated the outsourcing of a $1.4 million health information management system to prepare for new ICD-10 coding requirements, to ensure training and education of staff and to improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of coding.


Antitrust Law Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Point/Counterpoint: Negotiating a Hospital's Acquisition of a Physician Practice, Health Care Transactions, AHLA, Nashville, TN, May 17-18, 2016
  • Mid-Career Pivot: Career Transitions, Women’s Leadership Institute, AHLA, Nashville, TN, May 16, 2016
  • Legal Ethics Shades of Grey: Attorney Ethical Issues in Biomedical Ethics Cases, Annual Meeting, AHLA, Washington, D.C., June 29-July 1, 2015
  • Service Excellence: Creative Risk Solutions, In-House Meeting, AHLA, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2015
  • Getting to Yes (Ethically): Legal Ethics, FMV Pitfalls and Physician Transactions When Money Is the Issue, Health Care Transactions, AHLA, April 16-17, 2015
  • Webinar: Physician Recruitment, Employment, and Contracting Ethics—When It’s All About the Money, Do You Have an Obligation to Keep Your Client from Giving Away the Kitchen Sink? AHLA, March 12, 2015
  • Betting on the RFP Process to Create Winning Health IT Contracts, Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, AHLA, Las Vegas, NV, February 2-3, 2015
  • How Many Shades of Grey? - Legal Ethics for the Lawyer New to Health Law, Fundamentals of Health Law, AHLA, Chicago, IL, November 12-14, 2014
  • Webinar: Shifting Paradigms - Medical Ethics, Public Health Ethics and the Law, AHLA, October 29, 2014
  • Perspectives from the Boss: We're Not Just Legal, We Mean Business, Annual Meeting, Association of Corporate Counsel, Los Angeles, CA, October 30, 2013
  • Clinical Research Ethics with Vulnerable Populations, Annual Meeting, AHLA, San Diego, CA, July 1-3, 2013
  • Special Privacy Considerations - Research, HIPAA in a HITECH World Meeting, AHLA, Baltimore, MD, March 22, 2013
  • Issues in Transparency, Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions meeting, AHLA, Washington, D.C., June 25-27, 2012
  • Webinar: Best Practice for Dealing with Difficult Discharges, AHLA, April 26, 2012
  • Whose Right Is It? New Patient Visitation Law, In-house Meeting, AHLA, Chicago, IL, June 26, 2011
  • Objectivity v. Commercialization - Academic Medical Center Conflicts of Interest in Research: An Academic Discussion, Annual Meeting, AHLA, Chicago, IL, June 25-29, 2011
  • Letting the Sunshine in Through Health Reform, Society of Clinical Research Associates, Rockville, MD, April 2011
  • Objectivity v. Commercialization - Academic Medical Center Conflicts of Interest in Research: An Academic Discussion, Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions, AHLA, Washington, D.C., January 27, 2011
  • Letting the Sunshine in Through Health Reform, Society of Clinical Research Associates, Rockville, November 8, 2010
  • Webinar: H1N1 - The (Flu) Shot Heard Around the World, AHLA, October 10, 2010
  • Webinar: Is Your Hospital Prepared for the Next Emergency? AHLA, September 30, 2010
  • It's Not Child's Play: Special Considerations for Pediatric Medicine and Research, Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions, AHLA, Washington D.C., January 21-22, 2010
  • Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research, Society of Clinical Research Associates, Rockville, MD, September 2009
  • Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research, In-House Meeting, AHLA, Washington, D.C., June 2009
  • Immigration Alphabet Soup: The Impact of Immigration Laws on a Medical Researcher, Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions, AHLA, January 2009
  • Webinar, Immigration Law: The Alphabet Soup Affecting Researchers and Other Healthcare Workers, AHLA, December 5, 2008
  • Medical Jurisprudence, regional meeting of the National Medical Association, New Orleans, LA, 2005


  • American Health Lawyers Association: Board of Directors; Chair, Teaching Hospitals and Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2012-2014); Vice Chair, Teaching Hospitals and Academic Medical Center Practice Group (2008-2012); Member, Council on Diversity and Inclusion (2011-2014); At-large member, Nominating Committee (2010-2011); Vice Chair, Health Care Reform Educational Task Force (2011-2012); Chair, Emergency Preparedness Affinity Group (2008-2010)
  • American Bar Association: Health Law Section
  • National Association of Health Service Executives
  • Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter: Advisory Board
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia: Co-Chair, Health Law Forum (2008-2011)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia: Vice Chair, Health Steering Committee (2003-2006)
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade Executive Networks (2008)