Cathy Dunlay is a highly-regarded health care attorney with more than 30 years of experience. Her practice has been devoted to the representation of hospitals and other health care organizations in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as contractual arrangements, including a variety of hospital-physician relationships. She has counseled clients on operational and compliance matters, including Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark physician self-referral laws and Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement issues. 

Specifically, Cathy has served as counsel in a variety of transactions, including the purchase and sale of hospital and freestanding facilities; the acquisition and restructuring of hospital-owned physician practices; the formation of a variety of joint ventures, including joint ventures for hospitals and freestanding facilities; and the negotiation of management, clinical co-management and affiliation relationships.

She has been a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. Topics have included hospital acquisition of physician practices, provider-based status and under arrangements, health care reform legislation and Accountable Care Organizations.

Industries & Practices


The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D.), 1984

University of Cincinnati (B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature), 1981


Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2007–2023

Senior Statesperson, Chambers USA, Health Care, 2021-2023; Band 2 ranking, 2016–2020

Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2021

Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004–2005, 2007–2009, 2011–2020

Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2019

Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2017

Listed, Top 50 Women Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012–2014

Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012–2014

Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2014

Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

Member, American Health Law Association

Member, Board of Trustees, Arthritis Foundation, 2010–2016 (Secretary, 2015–2016)

Member, Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys

Fellow, American Bar Foundation


Catherine Dunlay, Bricker Graydon LLP Photo

Catherine T. Dunlay

  • 2 East Mulberry Street
    Lebanon, OH 45036


  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 1984
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
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