Richard Watters
Richard D. Watters
Attorney At Law

My Team

Administrative Assistant:
Katrina Brown
[email protected]


Richard D. Watters advises all types of health care clients from large hospital systems to individual physicians, nurses and other health care professionals on various matters including general business operations, governance and corporate issues, licensing/regulatory compliance, the Stark Law, fraud and abuse, EMTALA, Certificates of Need, medical staff issues, practice and business acquisitions, joint ventures, Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation, and reimbursement and contract negotiations.

Mr. Watters has considerable experience in obtaining Certificates of Need for hospitals, nursing homes and medical equipment manufacturers. He has also obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for his hospital and nursing home clients in Medicaid reimbursement appeals. He often represents health care institutions and individual professionals before regulatory agencies, licensing bodies, professional organizations, medical staff committees, PROs, Medicare and managed care.

In 2010, Rick was selected by his peers for the 10th straight year for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the field of Health Care Law (Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) and has been selected in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers each year since 2005, including Top 50 St. Louis Lawyers in 2007, and Top 50 and 100 Lawyers in 2005. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.


  • Best Lawyers in America (Health Law), Woodward & White
  • Health Care Lawyer of the Year, St. Louis, Best Lawyers in America
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Health Care
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating
  • Top 50 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Top 50 and 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who

Published Works

  • Current Status of Peer Review in Missouri, Risk Management Letter, May/June, 1987
  • Selling a Not-For-Profit Hospital, Trustee Magazine, January, 1987
  • The New Collaborative Practice Regulations, The Missouri Nurse, September/October, 1996
  • Rulemaking By the State Board of Nursing, The Missouri Nurse, May/June, 1997
  • "Annotated Guide to Missouri Nursing Laws and Regulations 1st Edition", (Co-Author), published 2010 by Missouri Nurses Association
  • "New Rules for APRN Collaboration and PA Supervisor Agreements,", Medical Group Management Association of Missouri, 2009
  • "Impact of New Networks on Hospital-Physician Relationships", St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, January , 1998

Classes & Seminars

  • Missouri Certificate of Need Law, Washington University, 2001 to 2001
  • Healthcare Professional Licensing, Saint Louis University, 1997 to 1997
  • “Certificate of Need Process to get a New Facility Approved and Initial Licensing”, Senior Living Forum Seminar
  • “The Future of Medicine”, St. Louis Business Journal Seminar
  • New Face to Face Requirements for Home Health Services, Client Presentation
  • Interpreting Joint Rules and Regulations Applicable to Collaborative Practices Between Physicians and Nurses, University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Nursing
  • Expanded Practice for Nurses and Pas, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • The Collaborative Practice Act and Related Issues, Fourth Annual Medical-Legal Symposium
  • Credentialing & Privileging: New Issues, New Challenges, Hospital Services Group
  • The National Practitioner Data Bank: Is It a Necessary House of Horrors?, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society
  • Instructor in Law, Saint Louis University, Continuing lecturer, School of Nursing, 1977 to 1979

Representative Clients

  • Saint Francis Medical Center
  • Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  • Jefferson Memorial Hospital
  • Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
  • St. John's Mercy Healthcare
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Missouri Nurses Association
  • United Surgical Partners, Inc.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediator, American Health Lawyers Association, 2000

My Team

Administrative Assistant:
Katrina Brown
[email protected]

Practice Areas

  • Business & Corporate
  • Health Care

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1976
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1977


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Bradley University
    • B.S.I.E. - 1973

Professional Associations

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 1985 to 1985
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Health Law, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Health & Hospital Law Committee, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Medical-Legal Relations Committee, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Administrative Law Committee, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Medical-Legal Law Committee, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Health Law Committee, Member
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
  • Medical Ethics Committee, DePaul Health Center, 1989 to 2005
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association, Greater St. Louis, President and Chairman of the Board, 1985 to 1987
  • St. Louis Health Care Lawyers
  • Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys, President, Board of Directors, 1990 to 1991

Employment History

  • Lashly & Baer, P.C., Member, 1982
  • Lashly & Baer, P.C., Associate, 1976 to 1981
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