Kelly Hagan


In an industry that never seems to stop changing, my objective is to provide legal advice that anticipates clients’ strategic options, not just potential problems.


For 25 years, my practice has been on the cutting edge of healthcare innovation. Whether it is transitioning to value-based reimbursement, implementing new models of healthcare delivery, or facilitating collaborations within competitive markets, I help clients meet the antitrust, fraud and abuse, and privacy and data security challenges posed by “the next big thing” in healthcare, whatever it is.

Clients want efficient transactions, appropriate business and practice entities, and complex regulatory problems made simple. Understanding these business objectives has helped make me a trusted advisor to boards of directors, C-suite management, and compliance officers. With so much health reform revolving around the sharing of health information, my experience as co-chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice group adds an important dimension to clients’ strategic outlook.

When it comes to changes in the healthcare environment, I have truly seen—and done—it all. Before joining Schwabe, I worked for Western Oregon Health Systems Agency (remember HSAs?). I formed and advised IPAs serving the Oregon Health Plan in the 1990s, handled physician practice acquisitions by hospital systems in the years following, and then helped unwind those acquisitions in the post-managed care era. Using my broad experience and perspective, I developed both long- and short-term strategies for client success.


“It doesn’t matter what the subject is or how difficult the issue, Kelly Hagan is a reliable and valued partner in our legal discussions.”

“I know that Kelly Hagan will drop just about anything to take my call and respond to our needs. I have complete confidence in him as our counsel.”

–Joyce Newmyer, President, Adventist Health Services in Oregon / Chief Culture Officer at Adventist Health


  • Formed and advised Accountable Care Organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
  • Formed and advised Coordinated Care Organizations serving Oregon’s Medicaid population.
  • Formed and advised population health management organizations, health maintenance organizations, hospitals and health systems, and physician groups.
  • Counseled both hospitals and physicians in peer review, credentialing and medical staff matters.


  • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts degree (1975)
  • University of Oregon, School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1978)


  • Oregon State Courts (inactive)
  • Washington State Courts (inactive)


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member (2014-present)
  • American Bar Association, Member (2015-present)
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member (1998-present)
  • Adventist Medical Center, Ethics Committee Member (2012-2021)
  • Board of Directors, Essential Health Clinic, Member (2011-2014)
  • Multnomah Bar Association, President (2005-2006)
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Executive Committee (1996-2007)
  • Southwest Washington Medical Center, Ethics Committee Member (2002-2004)
  • Oregon State Bar, Health Law Section, Committee on Health Information and Privacy, Chair (1998)
  • Oregon State Bar, Health Law Section, President (1996-1997)
  • Oregon State Bar and Oregon Medical Association, Joint Committee on the Medical Profession, Chair (1995-1996)
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Committee on Insurance, Chair (1995)
  • Oregon State Bar, Health Law Section, Executive Committee (1994-1998)
  • Oregon State Bar, Health Law Section, Legislative Committee, Chair (1991-1993)


  • Best Lawyers in America Award, Lawyer of the Year, Portland Health Care Law (2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America Award, Health Care Law (2010-2022)
  • Junior Olympic Outstanding Male Coach Award, USA Volleyball (2007)
  • President’s Membership Service Award, Oregon State Bar (2001)
  • Award of Merit, Multnomah Bar Association (2000)

Additional Events

“Transition to Residency: Professionalism, Ethics and Law,” Oregon Health and Sciences University (March 2-3, 2016).

”Effective Representation: What Counsel Need to Know About Data Information Privacy and Security,” Willamette Law School Law Review Symposium (February 26, 2016).

“An Overview of Federal and State Regulatory Domains,” Oregon Medical Association Compliance Workshop (February 24, 2016).

“Data Sharing Challenges: Vestigial Barriers to Meeting ACA Quality and Safety Mandates,” Oregon Medical Association Compliance Workshop (February 24, 2016).

“Risk Assessment,” Oregon Medical Association Compliance Workshop (February 24, 2016).

Community Activities

  • The Essential Health Clinic, Pro Bono Counsel (2008-2011)
  • Southwest Community Health Center, Pro Bono Counsel

Outside Interests

Getting outside: golfing, camping and hiking the Northwest.

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