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Joseph J. Feltes

Canton Office Partner In Charge

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Practice Area & Professional Experience

  • Represents physicians and hospitals in compliance, contracting, and Medical Staff issues (including credentialing, corrective action and disruptive physician issues).
  • Experienced in HIPAA Privacy.
  • Advises companies and individuals on how to avoid liability for social media, e-mail and Internet use and how to implement retention and disposition policies for electronically stored records.
  • Represents healthcare providers in antitrust, credentialing, false claims, fraud and abuse, and malpractice litigation.
  • Represents acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, physicians, managed care plans and TPAs, durable medical equipment suppliers, and other health care providers and suppliers.
  • Experienced in representing physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals before Ohio licensing boards.
  • Represents employers in discrimination, wrongful termination, and other employment matters.
  • Represents healthcare employers in drafting employees handbooks and compliance policies.
  • Defends manufacturers and suppliers in products liability cases.


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (J.D., cum laude, 1978)
-Topics Editor, American Criminal Law Review
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (M.A., with distinction, 1972)
-Mellon Foundation Fellowship
John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio (A.B., magna cum laude, 1970)
Loyola University, Rome, Italy

Bar Admissions & Associations

Ohio Bar (1978)
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Member: American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Antitrust Section
Member: Ohio State Bar Association, Health Law Committee
Member: Stark County Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2009 - 2015).
  • Named “Akron Best Lawyers Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year” (2012).
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2004 - 2005, 2007 and 2010 - 2013), as voted by his peers.
  • Recognized as one of the Top Lawyers in Northeastern Ohio in Akron Life Magazine (2009-2013).
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.

Professional & Civic Involvement

Member: American Health Lawyers Association
Member: Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys
Vice President, Board of Trustees, Canton Museum of Art
Board of Directors/Executive Committee (Past Chair) Friends of the Summit
Board of Directors Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Access Health Stark County
Steering Committee - University of Akron Law School - Health Law Certificate Program
Advisory Board Pregnancy Support Center
Recruiter Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program
Leadership Board for American Heart Association Heart Ball

Presentations & Publications

Author of chapter “Informal Dispute Resolution and Its Use in Peer Review,” for the
Peer Review Guidebook, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

"Giving Physician Recommendations:  A Cautionary Tale,” Cleveland/Akron/Canton MD News (November/December 2013)
"New Legal Requirements for Notifying Patients When a Physician’s Employment Ends,” Cleveland/Akron/Canton MD News (May/June 2013)
"HIPAA’s New 563-Page Megarule,” Cleveland/Akron/Canton MD News (March/April 2013)
"Office of Inspector General Issues Advisory Opinion on Per Diem Pay for ED Coverage,” Cleveland/Akron/Canton MD News (January/February 2013)
“Lab Test: Management Proposal Poses Anti-Kickback Risk,” Akron/Canton MD News (February/Mach 2012)
“The Top 10 List You Don’t Want to Make,” Akron/Canton MD News (May/June 2011)
"Stimulus Incentives: Look Before You Leap," Cleveland / Akron / Canton M.D. News (May/June 2009)
"Risks Rising for 'Delayed Diagnosis' ED Litigation," ED Legal Letter (April 2009)
“Happy 5th Birthday, HIPAA!” Greater Akron/Canton edition of M.D. News (May/June 2008)
“Discovery of Electronically Stored Information, How Ohio’s Proposed Civil Rules Might Affect Physician Practices,” Akron/Canton M.D. News (March/April 2008)
“How a Doctor’s Blog Turned His Defense Into a Fleabag,” Akron/Canton M.D. News(July/August 2007)
“Email Communication: Mind Your Mouse,” Ophthalmology Magazine, August 2006
“Pay-for-Performance: A Way for Hospitals to Bond with Their Medical Staffs,” Hospitals & Health Systems Rx (American Health Lawyers Association) April 2006, Vol. 8, Issue 1
“Pay-for-Performance: Giving Your Practice a Shot-In-the-Arm,” M.D. News, May 2006
“Going Bare?” Ophthalmology Management, September 2005
“Disruptive Physicians: An Alternative to Formal Corrective Action,” The Cleveland Bar Journal, March 2004
“ ‘I’m Sorry’ – A Prescription for Preventing Malpractice Suits,” M.D. News, September-October  2004; Texas Reporter, October 2005

Mr. Feltes speaks on health law, provider compliance, medical staff and problem physician remediation, e-mail and communication issues, HIPAA, and related issues for various organizations and clients throughout the Midwest.

Presentations include:


HIPAA 2013 – Meeting Today’s Challenges,” Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (November 18, 2013)

“Contracts – Offers You Can’t Refuse!,” Akron General Medical Center Senior Retreat for Residents (November 16, 2013)

“Hospital Peer Review Hearing Procedures for Medical Staff,” Akron University School of Law (November 15, 2013)
"Email, Text, Blogs & Posts: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly," 2013 Aultcare Quick Connect Networking Luncheon (October 2013)
"Mental Health Professional's Duty  to Warn after Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Chardon," Akron General Grand Rounds (March, 28, 2013)
"Hospital Hearing Procedures for Hospital Medical Staff," Ohio State Bar Association (2012)
Conducted Webinar: "COBRA Changes Under The American Recovery and Reinvestment  Act," Employers Health (March 19,2009)
Moderator: Stark County Medical Society Legislative Forum (March 12, 2009)
“Adventures and Misadventures of E-Mail and the Internet,” Bruner-Cox LLP
(November 6, 2008)
“Physicians Behaving Badly, Jerks, Juveniles, and the Otherwise Impaired,” Akron General  Medical Center (July 9, 2008)
“HIPAA, the Internet & Beyond,” Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons (March 12, 2008)
“Sarbanes-Oxley In Ohio: Compliance for Health Care Entities,” Lorman Education Services, August 22, 2006
“Bridges to Excellence: Data Collection, Use, and Reporting from a Legal Perspective,” co- sponsors: Employers Health Purchasing Company of Ohio and the Stark County Medical Society, May 17, 2006
“Collateral Consequences for Healthcare Professionals Arising from Criminal Convictions,” Akron Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, January 2006
“Spam I Am – Not: The Adventures and Misadventures of E-mail and the Internet,” Akron  Society for Human Resource Management, April 12, 2006
“Business Ethics for Employers in a Post-Enron World,” April 2006
“The Misadventures of E-mail and the Internet,” Ohio State Bar Association Spring Education  Program, 2006
“Liability for Teachers and School Systems Arising Out of Bad Behavior,” College of Wooster, Spring 2006
“Liability Concerns for High School and Middle School Coaches,” 2006
“The Importance of Effective Communication for Preventing Lawsuits,” Northern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Fall 2005
“Political and Societal Effects on the Delivery of Healthcare,” Mount Union College, Winter  2005

Reported Cases
Georgeopoulos v. Humility of Mary Health Partners Inc., 195 Ohio Apps.3d 133,