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Claire O'Brien



Claire O'Brien advises companies and individuals in the health care, medical device and pharmaceutical industries on a myriad of regulatory compliance issues.

My Practices

  • Claire counsels clients on various health care issues, including compliance with federal and state regulations and the day-to-day operations of health care facilities. She has significant experience advising on regulatory compliance across a range of industries, including counseling companies and individuals on interactions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and guidance regarding compliance with the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

    Claire’s work includes conducting and advising health care companies and professionals on fast-paced and sensitive internal investigations, counseling on employment issues including physician employment contracts, advising on board governance issues, and completing due diligence related to corporate transactions involving health care, medical device, and pharmaceutical entities. She also helps clients navigate various regulatory issues involving the North Carolina Medical Board, North Carolina Board of Nursing, and the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, and litigates matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

    Having formerly practiced with a large international law firm in Washington, D.C., Claire has experience preparing public comments and petitions related to complex federal regulatory agency rulemakings and guidance documents. She also frequently publishes and speaks on matters related to the health care industry.



Law Clerk to the Honorable Liam O'Grady, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2017-18

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division as the Young Lawyer of the Quarter (October - December 2020)


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2016, high honors; Order of the Coif; Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy; Comments Editor, North Carolina Law Review

Wake Forest University, B.A., 2011, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


District of Columbia

North Carolina


Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Member, Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2023-present)

Member, North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys (2023-present)

Board Member, Partners Ending Homelessness (2022-present)

Member, Greensboro Beautiful Urban Forestry Committee

Member, American Health Law Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association (2020-present)

  • 70+
    70+ books read per year
  • 5
    5 continents visited
  • 1
    1 favorite place: Smith Mountain Lake
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