Jennifer Russano Koltse is a partner in Chapman and Cutler’s National Public and Health & Education Finance Department and Commercial Lending Group. She focuses her practice on advising lenders and health care providers and businesses regarding federal and state health care issues that arise in the context of lending transactions, mergers and sales, and affiliations and joint ventures, including: 

  • Stark and Anti-kickback compliance 
  • HIPAA compliance
  • corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions
  • Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party reimbursement matters
  • clinical integration and health care reform efforts
  • tax-exemption matters

Jennifer has provided guidance in financial and strategic transactions involving a wide array of health care providers and businesses, including: hospitals and health systems, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, clinical labs, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care clinics, behavioral health and physical therapy providers, managed care organizations, and accountable care entities. Her experience includes the management of due diligence and compliance reviews and the negotiation and drafting of transaction documents, financing instruments, and public disclosure documents related to multimillion-dollar commercial lending transactions and taxable and tax-exempt bond financing transactions.

Prior to joining Chapman in 2015, Jennifer worked as counsel in the health care group of McGuireWoods, associate in the health care group of Jones Day and associate general counsel at Presence Health, a large health care system.


Jennifer regularly writes on a variety of health care topics, including in Chapman's Health Care Regulatory and Legislative Update newsletter. Click here to read Jennifer's recent publications.

Honors & Awards

Fellow, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, LLM, Health Law and Policy, 2013

Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2005

  • The Washington University Journal of Law and Policy

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Community Health, Highest Honors, 2002




American Health Lawyers Association

Illinois Health Lawyers Association

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