R. Craig Woods


As Dykema’s healthcare mergers and acquisitions group leader, Craig Woods delivers best-in-class representation to buyers, sellers, and middle-market, private equity-backed sponsors in physician practice management (PPM) transactions. Respected for his legal knowledge and M&A achievements, he facilitates strategic relationships between providers, experienced business people, and new capital in the healthcare space.

Many of Craig’s provider clients have never contemplated physician practice management (PPM) arrangements involving dental service organization, medical service organization, or ambulatory surgical center structures. Drawing on his extensive business and accounting knowledge, MBA education, and experience with various PPM industry players, he helps doctors across a wide range of specialties evaluate those new opportunities and negotiates career- and life-altering contracts that include incentive options for their key employees.

In addition, Craig serves as outside general counsel to several healthcare clients, handling many day-to-day matters. He works closely with Dykema’s regulatory team conducting and responding to investigations and ensuring compliance with corporate practice of medicine requirements. Mindful that even business-savvy entrepreneurial doctors must first focus on patient care, Craig handles many client deal issues and details without unnecessarily disrupting their time commitments to patients.

Craig enters into every new engagement intent on establishing a long-term relationship with the client, which he accomplishes by concentrating on their goals and objectives. Besides his creativity and cost-effective approach, clients appreciate Craig’s attentiveness and straight-shooting style. Craig’s previous litigation experience enables him to quickly identify, anticipate, and mitigate or avoid future risks. A skilled negotiator, he gets deals done and resolves disputes when disagreements arise, often avoiding costly litigation.

Within the healthcare industry, the PPM space is so dynamic, and Dykema is at the forefront. Buy-side, sell-side, or sponsor, I understand each stakeholder’s interests and motivation and can get them the result they want.
      • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2005, Staff Editor, International Law Review; Dean's Scholarship Recipient
    • Texas A&M University, M.S., Finance, 2002
    • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., Financial Management and Information Systems, cum laude, 2001


  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star, 2010-2018
    • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Barrister
    • Texas A&M University Bar Association, Member
    • Dallas Young Lawyers Association, Fellow
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Dallas Bar Association, Member
    • Lake Highlands YMCA, Board Member
    • Business Council for the Arts, Member
    • The Young Advocates for LEAP Foundation, Member 
    • Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, Member
    • Council of Athletic Ambassadors for Texas A&M University, Member
    • Texas A&M Club for Dallas, Member

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10th Annual Definitive Conference for Dental Service Organizations

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Legal Structure and Due Diligence: Key Documents, Letter of Intent, and Negotiations

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