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Steven D. Brownlee


Steven D. Brownlee

Steven is a board certified health law specialist. He focuses on assisting healthcare providers with their operational and regulatory matters. In particular, he has extensive experience working with physicians, physician groups, senior living facilities, home health agencies, and related healthcare employees throughout Florida.

Steven’s background practicing medicine and medical management consulting provides him a deep understanding of the industry and his client’s needs. He regularly assists clients with professional licensing, compliance planning, acquisition and development of facilities, Medicare/Medicaid issues and appeals, DEA issues, provider contracting, and administrative law.

His experience includes appearances before the Division of Administrative Hearings and State Boards, including nursing, medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, real estate, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy; Department of Health investigations and administrative complaints; administrative appeals to Florida District Courts; academic medical centers and graduate medical education matters; and working with impaired practitioners and IPS/PRN.

Examples of his recent matters include:

  • Represented a senior housing client with regarding corporate, tax, operational, compliance, real estate, and financing issues in the sale of a senior living community in Arizona consisting of 128 skilled nursing beds and a 50-bed long-term acute care hospital
  • Defended a physician’s license from revocation for an alleged telemedicine violation before Florida Division of Administrative Hearings
  • Represented a home health agency with regard to a Medicare audit by a Zone Program Integrity Contractor and significantly reduced the alleged overpayment claimed by the ZPIC
  • Prevented a nurse practitioner’s license from revocation by obtaining a complete drop of all charges by the Department of Health by demonstrating that the nurse practitioner was not subject to the statute cited
  • Obtained a settlement agreement on behalf of a physician to avoid civil litigation and prevent the physician’s former practice from disparaging him

As a management consultant for corporations and small businesses, Steven helped clinics, health systems, physician practices, and pharmaceutical companies with their operational, financial, IT, and strategy needs. He frequently gave educational presentations at facilities including Virtua Healthcare (south New Jersey), Sentara Healthcare (southeastern Virginia/northeastern North Carolina), H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Tampa, Florida), and General Electric’s Executive Training Center (Crotonville, New York).

Steven completed an internal medicine internship at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital, where his patient care experience involved inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and emergency settings. He then pursued his interest in healthcare policy and administration. In addition, he has received certification in Health Care Compliance from the Health Care Compliance Association.

Steven writes and speaks on healthcare topics including the role of personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics in the treatment of breast cancer, optimization of diagnostic imaging equipment at ambulatory surgery centers, trends in health industry management and leadership, and biosimilars and patent protection strategies.


What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Health Law Certification

Health law is the practice of law involving federal, state, or local law and rules or regulations regarding the delivery of healthcare services. Besides healthcare provider issues and regulations of providers, health law includes legal issues regarding relationships between and among providers and payers.


  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law
  • M.B.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.D., Temple University School of Medicine
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University



  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Health Law by The Florida Bar
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


  • The E. Harris Drew Award, Stetson University College of Law, 2012
  • Riverview High School (Oakmont, Pennsylvania) Distinguished Alumni Award , 2010



  • Florida State University College of Medicine Sarasota Regional Campus, Community Board Member
  • Florida Health Care Association, 2019-2020 Survey and Regulatory Committee
  • Florida Assisted Living Association
  • American Health Lawyers
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