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Health Care Attorney

Larry works with a wide array of clients in the health care and life sciences industries including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, DME providers, behavioral health agencies, psychiatric facilities, numerous professional corporations and individual practitioners. He works with clients to develop innovative health care arrangements, including hospital-physician joint ventures and integrated delivery systems. He also counsels hospitals on staffing matters such as physician recruitment arrangements, medical staff bylaws review and the equitable use of credentialing criteria. Larry regularly counsels clients on significant compliance issues, including federal and state anti-fraud laws and the Stark laws. Larry is one of two Varnum partners who served as a practice management leader, through which he assisted and guided Varnum lawyers in the conduct of their practice efforts.

For more information, please contact Larry Burns at 616/336-6535 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 1993

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Health Care Law, 2019 and 2020

Leading Lawyers, Health Law

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2011

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Health Law

American Health Lawyers Association

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Legislative Policy Panel, 2003 - 2016

Michigan Society of Hospital Attorneys, past president

Public Health Code Advisory Committee, chair, 2013, gubernatorial appointment

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Diocesan Catholic School Board, 2004 - 2010

Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education of Greater Grand Rapids, Board, 2000 - 2014

Holland Home, Quality of Life and Services Committee

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Institutional Review Board, 1998 - 2020

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Institutional Review Board, 1994 - 2012

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Emeritus Board

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Foundation, Board, 1990 - 2013

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University of Toledo College of Law
Toledo, Ohio
J.D., cum laude, 1980

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
M.A., 1975
B.A., 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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