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Jessica Ellel

Adjunct Professor of Law


Jessica A. Ellel is chair of Houston Harbaugh's Health Law Practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Ellel works almost exclusively with health care entities and health practitioners. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating physician employment agreements from both the physician and employer perspectives, negotiating contracts between physicians and hospitals, preparing purchase agreements to govern the sale of medical practices, advising on corporate governance issues from practice formation to dissolution, developing comprehensive compliance plans for physician practices, hospitals, third-party billing administrators, and other healthcare-related entities and organizing strategies for compliance with fraud and abuse laws.

Professor Ellel is especially well-versed in health care compliance and authors numerous client updates and bulletins on the subject. She conducts on-site and remote compliance training and also maintains Houston Harbaugh's HIPAA compliance manual, " Federal HIPAA Privacy Standards Simplified: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit".

Professor Ellel frequently publishes articles and presents on issues relating to physician employment agreements, the Affordable Care Act, and other compliance issues. She has published articles in the Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin and the Physicians News Digest. Jessica earned her JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.