Lashly & Baer, P.C. is excited to congratulate member Richard D. Watters, on being named a 2020 recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Media ICON Award. The ICON Award recognizes distinguished leaders in law, age 60 and older, for their notable, sustained success and strong leadership within and outside the field of law.
Watters has practiced law at Lashly & Baer for 44 years, where he organized and lead the firm’s Health Law Group, which has become one of the firm’s most significant practice areas.
Mr. Watters has represented clients from large hospital systems to individual health care professionals regarding governance, license/regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, Certificates of Need, medical staff issues, joint ventures, Medicare, the False Claims Act, and Medicaid conditions of participation.
In his role as counsel to the Missouri Nurses Association, Mr. Watters provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services to nurses across the State of Missouri who were able to call his office and ask simple questions.
Most significant, however, has been Mr. Watters’ role in the expansion of health care services for Missouri residents. Mr. Watters has been instrumental in improving access to health care services in under served areas in Missouri through his work with the Missouri General Assembly, the Missouri Board of Healing Arts, and the Missouri State Board of Nursing in expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners in collaboration with physicians.
Watters was honored at the annual ICON Award ceremony on September 24, 2020.