Healthcare General Legal Counsel

UMP Management Services (Non-Clinicians) Oakland, California


Position at University Medical Partners

University Medical Partners (UMP) formed in January 2017 by physicians currently practicing within several separate medical groups in the Bay Area to create a unified multi-specialty physician practice and clinical network that will serve as an exemplar for the delivery of high-quality health services in the Bay Area. 

UMP Practitioners deliver care at clinics operated by University Healthcare Alliance (UHA), a medical foundation affiliated with Stanford University throughout the Bay Area. 

POSITION TITLE: Healthcare General Legal Counsel

REPORTS TO: UMP Medical Group President and UMP CAO/COO

PURPOSE STATEMENT: As a member of the UMP Management Services Team, the Healthcare General Legal Counsel is responsible for developing the infrastructure and managing all issues and any other legal affairs of the medical group. This role works collaboratively with the other members of the UMP Management Services Team, Physician Leaders, Clinic Managers, Medical Group President, UMP Board of Directors, and SMP Leadership as needed to effectively carry out his/her duties and responsibilities.  The Healthcare General Legal Counsel reflects and supports the mission, vision, values and philosophy of the organization which is to deliver on the promise of Precision Health and Wellness to our patients, their families, and the community we serve.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential duties of this position include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Manages all healthcare, legal, business, and corporate affairs of the medical group.
  • Develops and presents legal advice and opinions relative to UMP’s regulatory requirements.
  • Provides guidance and oversight legal issues that arise from the employer/employee relationship.
  • Manages the Professional Services Agreement (PSA) between the Medical Group and the foundation (Stanford Medicine Partners - SMP) and any other agreements that the medical group may have.
  • To the extent necessary, partner with a third-party legal firm for complex medical group related issues.
  • Provides day to day legal advice to UMP on a wide range of health care, corporate, and other legal issues, including issues specific to physician groups and physician practice.
  • Conducts legal research, prepares legal documents and recommends courses of action to ensure appropriate compliance with existing laws, regulations, and accreditation standards.
  • Provides advice and drafting assistance on policies and procedures, and on proposed communications that may have legal implications.
  • Reviews and advises UMP on relevant new and proposed statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions affecting the medical group.
  • Provides negotiation assistance, reviews, develops, drafts, and prepares contracts with organizations with which UMP conducts business.
  • Monitors, manages, and reviews all work and expenditures for outside counsel to ensure the quality and efficacy of legal services.
  • Provides and contributes to educational programs for UMP clinicians and other employees on legal issues pertaining to UMP.
  • Advising on all aspects of US healthcare laws and regulations, state laws, and trends
  • Reviews and ensures compliance of all corporate and employment plan documents.
  • Oversight of Risk and Compliance for the medical group
  • Review Compliance policies and procedures to identify areas of improvement
  • Tracks all pertinent issues for the medical group to resolution and completion.
  • Participate in the PSA negotiations of the medical group.
  • Prepares PSA documents (including amendments) and any other relevant agreements.
  • Participate in strategic meetings and discussions about the division as needed.
  • In partnership with Manager, HR Business Partner and Chief, Professional Affairs provides oversight of employment investigations, employee counseling, and execution of provider corrective action processes
  • Assess/address physician or clinician code of conduct issues in a timely manner, involve CAO/COO, Chief of Professional Affairs, and Manager, HR Business Partner for any employment or corrective action process or discussions.
  • Participate in “Strategic Priority” initiatives and committees comprised of all members of the UMP management team to address some organizational needs. Attend periodic board and committee meetings as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Subject Matter Expertise – Must have hands-on experience in employment cases, including wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage and hour matters.
  • Professional Communication – Maintain confidentiality in matters relating to patient/family and provider conduct. Maintain professional relationships. Relay information appropriately over telephone, E-mail, texting, and other communication devices.  Contribute to peer performance reviews as requested.
  • Teamwork –Work effectively and collaboratively with practitioners, managers and staff members. Delegate work as needed.  Initiate problem solving and conflict resolution to foster effective work relationships with peers.
  • Visionary Leadership - Display passion and optimism; inspire respect and trust; mobilize others to fulfill the vision; provide vision and inspiration to peers and staff.
  • Change Management – Help develop workable implementation plans, communicate changes effectively. Willingness to learn new processes related to improvement efforts.  Build commitment and overcome resistance, prepare and support those affected by change.  Monitor transition and evaluate results.
  • Leadership - Exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well. Effectively influence actions and opinions of others; accept feedback from others; give appropriate recognition to others.
  • Quality Management - Look for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness. Assist in the development of indicators, thresholds, study methods and data collection as assigned. Respond to problems/opportunities to improve care/customer service

Experience and qualifications:

Must have experience as an Employment Attorney for at 6+ years of hands-on experience handling general healthcare and/or employment cases, including wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour matters. Solid law school and professional credentials are required. Employment litigation experience preferred.

Why Work with UMP:

  • Salary Range: $190,000-240,000/annually
  • Up to 10% annual performance incentives
  • Robust benefits package
    • Annual 401k Safe Harbor and Profit Sharing contributions
    • PTO plan includes paid Holidays, Extended Sick Leave
    • CME allowance
    • Multiple health plan options
    • Dental, Vision, Short-term disability, Long-term disability, Life Insurance, and others

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.