Contact healthcare, FDA & business lawyer Michael H. Cohen to mediate or arbitrate your healthcare or other legal dispute. We represent clients in disputes involving health information technology companies, health and medical ventures, medical clinics, medical groups, medical spas, health maintenance organizations, health systems, hospitals, insurers, managed care companies, patients, physicians and medical experts, and other clinical providers.Michael H. Cohen photograph.jpg

MICHAEL H. COHEN – EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS (for healthcare and other disputes) INCLUDE

Mediation Training

  • Completed Mediation Training at the Center for Dispute Resolution, Santa Monica, California (Kenneth Cloke).
  • Completed Advanced Mediation Training by the Center for Civic Mediation, Los Angeles County of the Bar.

Mediation Activities

  • Approved as Co-Mediator for the Ventura Superior Court Civil Mediation Program
  • Invited Speaker at the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School.****
  • Author of Negotiating Integrative Medicine: A Framework for Provider–Patient Conversations, 20:3:409-433 Negotiation Journal (July 2004).

Professional Memberships (Healthcare Law)

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).
  • Member, California Society of Healthcare Attorneys (CSHA)
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)

Healthcare Legal Experience

  • Harvard Medical School: former Lecturer in Medicine, then Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
  • Harvard School of Public Health: former Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Policy & Management.
  • Director of Legal Programs at the Center for Alternative Medicine Research & Education at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts), and later, the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies (2000-2005).
  • Developed the course, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Health Law and Policy” at the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Author of five scholarly books in healthcare law and policy, including Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (University of Michigan Press, 2000); Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health and Healing in Human Transformation (University of Michigan Press, 2003); Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine (NAF Press, 2005); and Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion (University of North Carolina Press, 2005).
  • Principal Investigator on two grants, Legal and Social Barriers to Alternative Therapies (National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health) and Pediatric Use of Complementary Therapies by Parents: Ethical and Policy Choices (Greenwall Foundation), and Co-Investigator on several other funded projects, including Models of Integrative Care in an Academic Health Center.
  • Consultant to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.) for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Use in the United States.
  • Extensive experience in a variety of healthcare matters, including regulatory & compliance, healthcare transactional and corporate, and healthcare litigation, with healthcare legal and regulatory issues such as:
    • Stark, self-referral, anti-kickback and fee-splitting
    • Telemedicine
    • HIPAA and HITECH
    • scope of practice, unlicensed practice, and corporate practice of medicine
    • medical peer review (medical staff privileges) litigation
    • issues affecting medical spas and management service organizations (MSOs)
    • FDA legal and regulatory issues with respect to:
      • cosmetics
      • dietary supplements
      • medical devices
      • homeopathic products
      • OTC drugs
    • Publication of four books, with university presses, on healthcare law and policy
  • Expertise in legal issues affecting practices and business in integrative medicine
  • Experience with healthcare law policy, including as Consultant to the Institute of Medicine

Michael brings significant healthcare legal and regulatory & compliance experience dedicated to helping resolve disputes within and among:

  • healthcare practitioners, including:
    • physicians (MD, DO)
    • nurses (RN, APN)
    • dentists (DDS)
    • chiropractors (DC)
    • acupuncturists (L.Ac., D.O.M.)
    • psychologists (Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist)
    • psychiatrists (MD)
    • social workers (MSW, LCSW)
    • naturopathic physicians (ND)
    • practitioners of homeopathy and other healing arts
  • healthcare management (executives and hospital administrators) and clinical staff (peer review, etc.)
  • healthcare employers and employees
  • healthcare facilities, including licensed clinics, integrative medicine clinics, behavioral and mental healthcare centers
  • businesses involved in the health, wellness, and lifestyle industries
  • corporations involved in manufacturing and distribution of FDA-regulated products such as:
    • dietary supplements and nutraceuticals
    • cosmetics
    • medical devices

Related Experience

In addition to his expertise in healthcare law and regulation, Michael brings a to mediation work in general a wealth of interpersonal experience, including:

  • Graduation from the New Seminary (an interfaith seminary in New York) and subsequent ordination.
  • Study of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming (NLP).
  • Graduation from a four-year course of study in energy healing at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
  • Fortieth Anniversary Senior Fellowship at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School.


Contact our legal team for advise concerning your healthcare or other mediation. We can provide mediation services in Los Angeles, West Los Angeles (Brentwood, Westwood, etc.), Ventura County (including mediation of disputes in Ventura, Ojai, and Santa Barbara), and in other locations.

Mediation is a facilitated dialogue process that allows parties in conflict to work together towards a resolution. It empowers people and gives them a voice so that the solutions are meaningful and sustainable. There are a variety of applications for mediation in health care, ranging from disputes caused by a stressful work environment to medical malpractice lawsuits.

Healthcare disputes that are right for mediation can include disputes involving:

  • healthcare agencies
  • health information technology providers
  • health maintenance organizations
  • health systems
  • hospitals
  • insurers and reimbursement organizations
  • managed care companies
  • physicians and medical experts
  • others

Other disputes that are ripe for mediation include:

  • employer-employee disputes
  • family law disputes
  • trusts & estates / probate disputes
  • neighbor disputes
  • elder law disputes

Helpful Links

Mediating Healthcare and Other Disputes: Mediation and Healing

Negotiating Integrative Medicine: A Framework for Provider–Patient Conversations

Negotiating Complementary Medicine


Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

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Event Date: Wednesday November 19, 2003
Time: DRF: 8:30-10:00am (Continental Breakfast at 8:00) Peervision Case Conference: 10:15-11:30am
Location: Pound 335, Harvard Law School

Michael H. Cohen, JD

In his presentation, Michael Cohen will discuss negotiation challenges inherent in bringing complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and herbal medicine) into conventional medical settings. He will also address some of the legal and ethical issues involved in integrating complementary therapies.

Michael H. Cohen, JD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Legal Programs at the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute and Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies.

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