Thomas W. Hess


Annually appearing on The Best Lawyers in America list, as well as the Ohio Super Lawyers list, Tom has over 40 years of experience representing assisted living facilities, durable medical equipment companies, home health agencies, hospice providers, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, physicians and other licensed health care providers before state, federal and administrative courts across the country. He is the Practice Group Leader for the Government Relations and Health Law Practice Groups and he is a member of the law firm's Board of Directors.

Leveraging extensive experience with a thorough understanding of the issues facing the health care industry, Tom takes a practical, yet aggressive approach to help clients meet their needs while also mitigating risk. Within the constantly-evolving industry, Tom guides clients through myriad challenges, including certificate of need, health care fraud investigations, as well as issues related to Medicare and Medicaid audits, overpayments, certifications, exclusions and reimbursement. Additionally, he also has assisted clients with the acquisition and disposition of health care facilities and practices, demonstrating a knowledge of not only the industry’s distinctive operations, but also of traditional business transactions. Understanding that complex health care reform initiatives have dramatically impacted the industry’s operations, Tom, a former assistant attorney general in Ohio, utilizes his familiarity with the regulatory agencies and their procedures to provide clients with the insight they need to confidently move forward.

A frequent speaker on health care issues throughout the country, Tom uses his experience to provide clients with knowledgeable and efficient counsel in a constantly-evolving industry.


  • Capital University School of Law  (J.D., 1976)
  • Ohio University  (B.S.Ed., cum laude, 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio


  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Board of Directors, Member of Governance Committee
  • American Health Lawyers Association, “LTC-SIR Advisor” Editorial Board, Past Member 
  • Ohio Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, Board of Directors/Vice-Chairman, Past Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Health Law Committee and Past Chairperson
  • Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio, Board of Trustees and Past Member
  • American Federation for Aging Research Ohio Chapter, Board of Trustees, Past Member
  • Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and Pharmacy Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Adjunct Professor, College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Cincinnati


  • “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus for Administrative/Regulatory Law by The Best Lawyers in America, 2018

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1995

  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List since 2004
  • Named to the “Top Lawyers” list by Columbus CEO Magazine
  • 2015 Dinsmore & Shohl Mentor of the Year