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Donna A. O'Connor Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1984


Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1984,

  • Order of Barristers
  • Moot Court Board

University of Michigan Dearborn, B.A.,1981

  • High Distinction
  • James B. Angell Scholar


Healthcare Compliance (CHC)

Donna A. O'Connor is senior counsel in the Health Care Practice Group, resident in the Bloomfield Hills office. Ms. O'Connor represents health care clients with broad expertise in health system operations, compliance programs and investigations, state and federal health care regulatory law, physician compensation and contracting, complex transactions, anti-kickback and Stark law, mergers and acquisitions, life sciences, nonprofit corporation and tax law. 

Ms. O'Connor brings to the practice of law fifteen years of experience as in-house counsel and as a compliance officer for nonprofit and profit hospital systems, most recently as Vice President and Regional Compliance Officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, formerly Vanguard Health Systems. In that capacity, she was responsible for integrating compliance programs into the Detroit Medical Center following acquisitions by profit hospital systems. Ms. O'Connor served as Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary for the Detroit Medical Center and as Senior Counsel for Henry Ford Health System. 


  • Compliance Program Development.  Evaluate and structure compliance programs to effectively identify and address risks, increase board engagement and demonstrate organizational commitment to compliance. 
  • Compliance Investigations. Evaluate investigation processes and conduct compliance investigations, including, patient care, quality, disruptive behavior, payment, privacy and security, self-referral and conflict of interest investigations.
  • Physician and Referral Source Contracting. Contract management and fair market value processes, risk tolerance evaluations, contract drafting.
  • Stark and Physician Self-Referral Issues. Structure routine and complex transactions to comply with state and federal self-referral laws, self-referral compliance evaluations.
  • Health Care Regulatory and Accreditation Issues. Practical solutions to health care regulatory and accreditation issues impacting hospital and health system operations.
  • Acquisitions, Affiliations, Due Diligence and Post-Acquisition Integration.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section Council Member 2008-present; Publications Chair 2009-2011.
  • Health Care Compliance Association, Member.
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member.