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Gordon Copland concentrates his practice in complex litigation and health care matters. He routinely represents clients before the Health Care Authority (HCA) and other state regulatory boards on certificate of need, licensure, and related health care matters. He has extensive  experience in antitrust litigation and in intellectual property litigation, including patents and trademarks.

Memberships & Awards

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Healthcare (2021 – Present)
The Best Lawyers in America®, Antitrust Law (2008-Present), Commercial Litigation (2006-Present), Health Care Law (2003-Present), Litigation - Antitrust (2011-Present)
Best Lawyers® 2019 Morgantown, WV, Health Care Law, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Litigation-Banking and Finance, Lawyer of the Year
Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
Health Care Committee, American Bar Association
National Health Lawyers Association
Graduated cum laude, Washington & Lee University

Key Experience

Represented and defended hospitals in antitrust claims brought by physicians under state and federal law
Successful representation in certificate of need matters in Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia including acquisitions and sales, construction of new facilities, addition of services, and opposition to duplicative services
Regular advice on medical staff issues, including scope of physician rights and the public, quasi-public and private hospital distinctions and HCQIA immunity requirements

Work Experience

1983 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"Government and Antitrust Enforcement in the Health Care Market: The Regulators Need an Update," West Virginia Law Review

"Advance Medical Directives in West Virginia, Part Two," West Virginia Law Review