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Jeff Miles, Counsel in the Washington office, is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law, particularly antitrust issues affecting the health care sector. Formerly chair of the Antitrust and Competition Group at Ober Kaler, he has practiced antitrust law for over 35 years, representing primarily hospitals, health care systems, hospital networks, physician practices, and physician contracting networks. His work focuses on provider mergers, joint ventures, contracting networks, and other affiliations, as well as on provider and health-plan exclusionary conduct. His practice consists primarily of antitrust counseling and representation of parties in investigations by the Antitrust Division, Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general.
Prior to private practice, Jeff was a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where most of is work related to health care antitrust enforcement. While there, he received a special commendation award from the Attorney General of the United States for serving as lead counsel in the government’s first successful hospital-merger challenge. Prior to his service with the Antitrust Division, he was the assistant attorney in charge of the Virginia Attorney general’s Antitrust Unit. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Virginia Tech and a law degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he graduated with high honors and was associate editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review.
Jeff’s work includes the successful representation of a four-hospital merger in the northeast in a Federal Trade Commission investigation; a hospital contracting network in investigations by the Antitrust Division and a state attorney general; the defendant health system in Little Rock Cardiology Clinic v. Baptist Health, 591 F.3d 591 (8th Cir. 2009); a defendant professional association in Neotonus, Inc. v. American Med. Ass’n, 554 F. Supp. 2d 1368 (N.D. Ga. 1997), aff’d, 270 Fed. App’x 813 (11th Cir. 2008); an IPA executive in Maine Health Alliance, 136 F.T.C. 616 (2003); a large physician practice in Read v. Med. X-Ray Ctr., 110 F.3d 543 (1997), and hospitals in White v. Rockingham Radiologists, 820 F.2d 98 (4th Cir. 1987), Friedman v. Del. County Mem’l Hosp., 672 F. Supp. 171 (E.D. Pa. 1987), aff’d, 849 F.2d 600 (3d Cir. 1988) (table), and Cardio-Medical Assocs. v. Crozer-Chester Med. Ctr., 721 F.2d 68 (3d Cir. 1983). He has represented a number of physician contracting networks and merging hospitals in FTC, Antitrust Division, and state attorney general investigations resulting in consent decrees, and he obtained the first two FTC staff advisory opinions approving clinically integrated physician networks.
Jeff wrote and annually updates the six-volume Health Care & Antitrust treatise published by Thomson Reuters/Westlaw and has written or co-written number of other books, book chapters, law review articles, and shorter articles and papers dealing with almost every type of antitrust issue. He frequently lectures and presents papers on antitrust subjects to various bar and health care organizations, and he is an adjunct professor of law at the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he teaches the antitrust law course.
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