Eric J. Plinke


Eric serves as co-chair of Dinsmore’s Health Care Industry practice group. He represents a wide variety of provider entities including multi-hospital health systems, hospitals, surgery centers, medical practices, and individual providers in a wide range of health care industry and business issues. From serving as outside general counsel to transactional/project counsel, Eric regularly advises clients regarding hospital/medical practice mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, physician compensation issues, joint venture transactions and relationships, operational compliance issues and compliance program implementation and training, as well as Stark law and Anti-kickback statute analysis.

He also has significant experience addressing the wide range of regulatory issues that providers and institutions frequently encounter in the modern health care industry. These include mandatory reporting obligations, HIPAA regulations, scope of practice issues, and telemedicine. Eric has successfully represented both entities and providers in credentialing, medical staff matters, and third-party payer audits. He also has extensive experience representing entities and providers in regulatory investigations, hearings, and administrative appeals.

In 2022, Eric was credited as a published author for his portion in Thomson Reuters Health Law Handbook, 2021 Edition. He highlights Medical Practice Act and NPDB Reporting: Trends and Implications for Physicians and Hospitals. Eric began his career in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission's Legislative Fellow's program in the Ohio General Assembly, and then worked as an attorney for the State Medical Board of Ohio. He is a member of the American Health Law Association and the Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys, for whom he served as president.


  • University of Toledo College of Law  (J.D., 1992)
  • Hanover College  (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

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


  • Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys
    • President (2018 - 2019)
    • Vice president (2016 - 2017)
    • Secretary (2014 - 2015)
    • Board member (2010 - 2013)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Capital University, Health Care Law
    • Adjunct Professor 
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Health Care Law Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Health Care Law Committee
      • Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter
    • Board of Trustees (2002 - 2008)
    • Team-in-Training Cyclist
  • MOSSL, GOYSL, HOSA and middle school, youth soccer coach


  • Best Lawyers® (2006 - present)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Health Care Law (2020)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®  (2007 - Present)
    • Top 50: Columbus Super Lawyers (2011)
      • Health Care 
  • Ohio Rising Star® (2005)
  • Top Lawyers by Columbus CEO magazine (2022) in two practice areas:
    • Health Care
    • Administrative/Regulatory
  • Chambers USA®: Healthcare (Band 4) 
  • Thomson Reuters Health Law Handbook, 2021 Edition: Medical Practice Act and NPDB Reporting:  Trends and Implications for Physicians and Hospitals 
  • A frequent resource for second opinions and expert review, Mr. Plinke has worked with other attorneys and firms in such capacity and has provided expert opinions on health care scopes of practice, practice act provisions, non-competes, NPDB and professional reporting, and fiduciary duties.