When Mike Flanagan began representing health care providers 30-plus years ago on Medicare and Medicaid regulatory issues, there were few lawyers working in this field. Since then, it has expanded dramatically. So have Mike’s skills and capabilities, enabling him to deliver superior legal services to clients.
A 1971 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike spent eight years on active duty. The first three he served as the Weapons Officer on the U.S.S. Julius A. Furer. He then taught history at the Naval Academy for five years, leaving the Navy in 1979 as a lieutenant. Mike credits his Navy experience with instilling in him a strong sense of self-discipline, teaching him the management skills required to operate a law practice in a way that best serves clients, and reinforcing his ability to fully commit to those he serves, which today means his firm’s clients.
Mike has practiced with, and been a partner in, some of the largest and most impressive law firms and health practices in the country. He has been recognized by the peer-selected publication Best Lawyers in America since 2001 for his work in health care law. In the big firm setting, Mike worked with virtually all types of entities that provide services to those in need of health care, as well as companies that serve the health care providers. He has represented large banks, investment banking firms, teaching hospital systems, national home care services providers, skilled nursing facilities, and physician group practices. In his solo practice, he has maintained the representation of large provider groups and health-related national associations, and has expanded his reach to the smaller provider groups, such as community mental health service providers, individual physicians, and nurse practitioners. In the smaller setting, Mike has developed and nurtured a nuanced approach to the representation of his clients: he combines seamlessly the quick response and minimal ramp-up time of a large firm with careful and sensible accommodation of the financial constraints his clients are forced to deal with from time to time. His experience over the years in both the large and small firm settings has now, in his estimation, enabled him to serve completely his clients’ legal needs while also satisfying their expectations of cost-effective legal services.
Mike received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1978. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and has been a member of the American Health Lawyers Association for almost 40 years.