Ryan Wierenga represents a wide range of health care industry clients, including hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practice groups, individual physicians, and senior living facility operators and management companies. Ryan is one of fewer than 140 attorneys in Florida to be board certified in Health Law by the Florida Bar.

Ryan helps his clients evaluate risk, structure business transactions, and operate in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. He has experience with mergers and acquisitions, private equity roll-ups, joint ventures, strategic affiliations, and change of ownership filings. Additionally, Ryan advises clients on federal and state regulatory matters, such as anti-kickback, self-referral laws, fee splitting, certificates of need, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance. Finally, Ryan regularly assists clients seeking state and federal licensure, and curing deficiencies with such licensure.

  • Representative Transactions
    • Healthcare licensing counsel for operators and managers of Assisted Living Facilities in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania
    • Transaction counsel for acquisitions by a Dental Management Organization
    • Transaction counsel for acquisitions by a multi-state OBGYN practice
    • Transaction counsel for acquisitions by a multi-state physical therapy group
    • Transaction counsel for acquisitions by a multi-state platform specializing in ambulatory surgery centers
    • Licensing counsel for senior living facilities and healthcare entities seeking licenses with the Department of Health, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the Agency for Healthcare Administration
    • Represented a 421-bed independent not-for-profit hospital in its long-term lease and asset sale to a national health system
    • Represented a 112-bed independent not-for-profit hospital in its long-term lease and asset sale to a regional health system
    • Drafted Personal Services Agreements, Co-Management Agreements, Policies and Procedures for Providers, and Employment Agreements
  • Presentations
    • Speaker, “It’s All About Leverage and Risk Tolerance: Reboot of Top 10 Issues in Health-Care Contracting,” American Academy of Audiology 2019 Annual Conference, Columbus, OH (March 29, 2019)
    • Co-Presenter, “Risk Management and Compliance Programs in the Office Setting, ” Florida Society of Health Care Risk Management Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Workshop, Tampa, FL (August 15, 2018)
  • Professional Recognition
    • Board Certified in Health Law by the Florida Bar
    • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Professional and Civic Activities
    • The American Health Lawyers Association
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association – “Wills for Heroes” program
    • John Germany Read to Dream Program








University of Florida, JD, 2010
University of Florida, 2007

Prior Law Firm Experience

Carlton Fields

Practice Areas