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Donna J. Craig

Donna J. Craig, RN, JD

For more than 30 years, I’ve counseled health care professionals – doctors, clinics, hospitals, and other providers – across a wide spectrum of legal and business issues. An attorney as well as registered nurse, I’ve served in both in-house and law firm roles in the health care industry, and am intimately familiar with medical practices ranging from single-doctor offices to large regional facilities.

I began my professional career as a registered nurse, and I was fortunate to work on a cardiac step-down and medical unit at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. While there I developed various educational modules and teaching plans for new graduate registered nurses, and eventually served as acting head nurse. After auditing a health law and ethics course, I was drawn to the idea of combining my clinical experience with a legal education, giving me an opportunity to help people solve issues and problems in a different way.

Upon graduating from law school, I launched my legal career at a major medical malpractice defense firm in Detroit, Michigan, and later managed the legal, insurance and risk management function at Oakwood Healthcare System for more than a decade. I then started my own law practice, and for the past 16 years, I’ve represented health care facilities, physicians and health care professionals, and other businesses in a host of legal issues, including:

  • HIPAA and patient privacy
  • Electronic health record (EHR) contracting
  • Federal and state regulatory compliance
  • Employment and personal service agreements
  • Purchase and sale of medical practices
  • Patient care issues and protocols
  • Affordable Care Act compliance and implementation strategies

In addition to my expertise in health care law, I am a practicing arbitrator and mediator, sought by many in Michigan and other states to resolve matters involving health care issues, insurance reimbursement issues, contract disputes, vendor disputes, and business and partnership disputes. I served as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section from 2010 to 2011, and was twice honored with the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award, given to an individual that demonstrates exemplary service to the Section and its members. I also frequently speak on health care law and dispute resolution topics to professional and civic organizations, including the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Oakland County Bar Association, and Livingston Bar Association.

Education & Training

  • Western New England College School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan School of Nursing, B.S.N., cum laude
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Advance Program in Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • American Arbitration Association Continuing Education Training
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Training
  • Divorce Mediation Training, Mediation Training and Consultation Institute
  • SCAO Approved Mediation Training, Oakland Mediation Center
  • Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Mediation Training, Business to Business Mediation Project, State Bar of Michigan ADR Section
  • Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution, Michigan State University College of Law

Honors & Awards

  • Top Lawyer – Health Care Law, dBusiness Magazine, Three Years in a Row
  • George N. Bashara, Jr. Award by the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2007 and 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan, ADR Section, Council Member and Executive Committee, Chair 2010-2011
  • State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section, Council Member
  • American Bar Association, (ABA)
  • ABA, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • The Health Law CenterABA, Health Law Section
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • American Nurses Association, Michigan Chapter
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Service
  • Oakland County Circuit Court Facilitation & Early Civil Intervention Panels
  • Michigan Board of Nursing, Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Member in Good Standing, State Bar of Michigan