Steve has a national reputation as an advisor to business and professional organizations, counsels privately owned corporations and healthcare clients on contractual and regulatory issues, succession planning, and related transactional matters. He represents clients in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and contract disputes. Steve represents physicians in connection with payor audits and disputes with licensing agencies. He also previously served as a member of the McDonald Hopkins Executive Committee.

Steve also commits substantial time educating the medical profession on business and regulatory matters. Presentations include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Hospital, the American Dental Association, and Illinois and Ohio Medical Group Management Associations.

Steve earned a J.D., with honors, from Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1981. He received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University in 1978.

Honors & Recognition

AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers (2007, 2010-2018)

Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2014-2023)



Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law

Northern Illinois University

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

Prevent Child Abuse America (Board of Directors, 2019) 

Village of Deerfield, Illinois (Trustee, 2007-2009)

Village of Deerfield, Illinois (Mayor, 2001-2009)

Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (Director, 2006-2009)

News & Insights

External News & Publications

American Medical News

Deadline looms on updating HIPAA privacy materials, August 2013

Hospital bylaws can trip up employed physicians, May 2013

Don't become ensnared by physician ACO exclusivity clauses, December 2012

What to consider before switching to concierge medicine, October 2012

The Rheumatologist

Is Concierge Medicine Right for your Practice, September 2018

A Guide to Understanding Physician Compensation Models, April 2018

Medicare Access & CHIP Re-authorization Act Preparation Tips, January 2018

How to Appropriately Discharge a Patient to Avoid Abandonment, Medical Malpractice, June 2017

What Rheumatologists Should Know about Purchasing a Healthcare Practice, September 2016

Preparing for Increased HIPAA Audits Among Smaller Rheumatology Providers, May 2016

Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices Likely to Decrease, February 2016

Pros, Cons of Provider-Based Conversions, September 2015

Beware Antitrust Laws When Considering Healthcare Mergers, March 2015

Selling a Rheumatology Practice to a Hospital or Health System, November 2014

ENT Today

What the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act Means for Healthcare Facilities, February 2019

How to Prepare and Respond to Payer Audits, August 2018

The Tax Bill's Implications for Healthcare, February 2018

Ransomware: What It Is and How to Prevent it, December 2017

How to Bill Medicare for Non-Covered Services, May 2017

How Reasonable Non-Compete Clauses Can Protect Your Practice, October 2016

Telemedicine: Practicing Medicine across State Lines, August 2016

Legal Steps That Need To Be Taken Before You Can Leave Your Medical Practice, January 2016

Address Security, Policies, Contracts when Reviewing Your Medical Practice, August 2015

Internal Due Diligence Review Critical for Physician Practices, July 2015

Omnibus Rule Compliance Deadline Imminent, September 2014

Interplay Between Physician Employment Agreements, Medical Staff Bylaws Should Not Be Ignored, October 2013

The Hospitalist

Transitioning From Your Current Medical Practice: An Abbreviated Step-by-Step Guide, April 2017 

Five Situations Where Hospitalists Need a Healthcare Attorney, May 2016

Practice Expanding: The Rising Trend in Hospitalist Co-Management, February 2016

Expert Witness Primer Offers Tips for Hospitalists, October 2015

What Hospitalists Should Consider Before Becoming an Expert Witness, June 2015

Greater Transparency for Financial Information in Healthcare Will Prompt Questions from Patients, March 2015

How to Avoid Data Breaches, HIPAA Violations When Posting Patients’ Protected Health Information Online, June 2014

Additional Articles:

Tips on negotiating an employment contract for part-time practice, American Medical News, July 2012

Face to Face With...Steven M. Harris, BC Advantage Magazine, Issue 7.4: June/July 2012

Contributor, Aesthetic Medicine, Growing Your Practice, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2009

Administering the Law: Eleven Alums Who Deliver, Chicago-Kent Magazine profile, Spring 2006

Co-author, Medical Practice Divorce: Successfully Managing A Medical Business Breakup, AMA Press, 2001

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