Robert L. Wilson Jr.

Partner in Charge

T (919) 755-8823
F (919) 755-8800

Robert L. Wilson, Jr. devotes his law practice to the representation of institutional and individual health care providers such as acute care hospitals, integrated delivery systems, physician and physician/hospital organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians, and physician groups, among others. Bob is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is the partner is charge of the Raleigh office.

In 1997, Mr. Wilson co-authored the book entitled Integrated Community Healthcare: Next Generation Strategies for Developing Provider Networks, published by McGraw-Hill in its HFMA Healthcare Financial Management Series. He also has published numerous articles in his areas of practice and speaks frequently to hospital groups, physicians, attorneys, and health care providers on current medico-legal issues.

  • Selected by his peers as Raleigh Best Lawyers Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), 2012
  • Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News , 2009
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Health Care Law, listed more than 25 years
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Healthcare (2014-2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Health Care (2006-2015)
  • The Marquis Publication Board for Who's Who in American Law
  • Co-author, Integrated Community Healthcare: Next Generation Strategies for Developing Provider Networks
  • Twice elected President of North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys, 1987 and 1993
  • Chair, Health Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2000–2001

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.



  • Represents a number of hospitals located in the Southeast as general and special counsel in corporate, regulatory, operations, licensure, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, and administrative law issues
  • Represents hospitals and health systems in network development and affiliation strategies
  • Represents several physician groups, both single-specialty and multi-specialty, as general counsel
  • Has served as legal counsel to large physician groups dealing with practice management divestitures, corporate practice, contracts, and related issues
  • Has front-line experience in several health care fraud investigations and settlement negotiations with fiscal intermediaries and the Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Has represented several North Carolina counties in the reorganization of their hospitals
  • Has represented hospitals in developing physician recruitment strategies and recruitment arrangements
  • Has special interest in legal and practical issues involving hospital-based physician contracts for both hospitals and physicians
  • Has special interest in hospital/physician relationships, including physician/hospital organizations and joint ventures
  • Research Assistant, Honorable Cecil J. Hill, Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • Reviewer, Financial Feasibility Studies for Healthcare (Evans, 2000)
  • Co-author, Integrated Community Health Care (McGraw-Hill, 1997)
  • Monthly contributor, "Health Law Notes," Campbell Law Observer (1985–1989)
  • Co-author, "Peer Review: The Struggle Goes On" (chapter), Legal Medicine (1989)
  • Co-author, "Comment: Impeachment of the Criminal Defendant by His Acquittals — Beyond the Bounds of Reason," 17 Wake Forest Law Review 561 (1981)
  • Author, "Note: Workers' Compensation — Redefinition of Occupational Disease and the Applicable Compensation Statute — Booker v. Duke Medical Center and Wood v. J.P. Stevens & Co., 16 Wake Forest Law Review 228 (1980)


  • "Trends and Issues in Physician Recruitment," Webinar presentation through TELNET, September 25, 2012
  • "The Changing Health Care Marketplace: Affiliation and Integration Strategies," presentation at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro, North Carolina, January 3, 2012
  • "Innovative Physician-Hospital Collaboration: Beyond Employment and Recruitment," presentation at the Rowland-Hite Health Planning Seminar, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 5, 2011
  • "The Stark Law and Physician Compensation Arrangements," presentation at the Campbell Health Law Society, Raleigh, North Carolina, November 4, 2010
  • "Trends and Issues in Physician Recruitment: An Overview of Current Trends Affecting Physician Recruitment, and Selected Legal Issues of Importance to Individuals Involved in Physician Recruitment Activities," Webinar presentation, April 30, 2009
  • "Incentives for Quality and Cost Efficiency: Call Pay, Gainsharing, and Other Incentive Strategies," presentation at the Premier Member Executive Regional Meeting, November 13-14, 2008
  • "The Basics of EMTALA and Physician On-Call Requirements," presentation Medical Staff of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Inc., October 20, 2008
  • "The Stark Law and Physician Compensation Arrangements," PowerPoint presentation at Randolph Hospital, Inc., June 12, 2008
  • "Survivor for Residents & Fellows: Playing the Game of Employment and Recruitment to Win," presentation at the East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina, September 25, 2007
  • "Legal Issues in Executive Compensation," presentation at the North Carolina Hospital Association Leaders Institute, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, April 20-22, 2007
  • "Current Regulatory Developments in Sharing Information Technology," presentation to North Carolina Hospital Association District 1, Asheville, North Carolina, February 14, 2007
  • "The Importance of a Hospital Compliance Program in Today's World," Alamance Corporate Compliance Committee Meeting, Burlington, North Carolina, June 14, 2006
  • "Hospital-Physician Relationships: How to 'Glue' Your Physicians to Your Hospital," North Carolina/South Carolina Premier Hospital Executives Regional Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 8-9, 2006
  • "Hospital Executive Compensation, Benefits and Deferred Compensation," Smith Moore LLP's Second Annual Hospital CEO/CFO Conference 2006, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-24, 2006
  • "Legal Issues in Physician Recruitment," Association of Staff Physician Recruiters 17th Annual Educational Forum, Charlotte, North Carolina, August 14-15, 2005
  • "Economic Credentialing and the Current State of Medical Staff Relationships,” Smith Moore LLP's First Annual Hospital CEO/CFO Conference 2005, Atlanta, Georgia, January 21-22, 2005
  • "Joint Ventures: Good or Bad for Physicians?," Twenty-Sixth Annual Health Law Forum; Legal Issues Challenging Physicians & Hospitals: 2004 Update, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, September 15, 2004
  • "A Prescription for America's Health Care Crisis: Policy, Medicine & Ethics," Health Law Society's Panel Discussion, Duke Health Law Symposium, February 18, 2004
  • "Peer Review Primer," HCA Physician Services Workshop, Atlanta, Georgia, April 10–11, 2002
  • "Practical Considerations of HIPAA Compliance," Wayne Health Corporation, April 9, 2002
  • "Health Law Primer: General Health Care Issues Pertaining to Rural Health Care Providers," North Carolina Bar Foundation, November 30, 2001
  • "Physician Relationships," Small and Rural Hospital Conference, North Carolina and South Carolina Hospital Associations, Charlotte, North Carolina, November 13, 2001
  • "Successful Divesting of Physician Practices," North Carolina Hospital Association, Seminar on Hospital-Physician Arrangements: Structuring the Relationship, Observing the Rules, and Achieving Service Delivery, October 27, 2000
  • "Legal Challenges for Hospitals: 2000 in Review, 2001 Forecast," East Carolina University, June 2000
  • "Exclusive Contract Issues," Board of Directors of Wayne Memorial Hospital, April 2000
  • "Health Care Issues for the Business Lawyer," North Carolina Bar Foundation, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 18, 2000
  • "Legal Issues Related to Medical Staffs," North Carolina Bar Foundation, Health Law Primer, November 19, 1999
  • "Issues in Physician Practice Unwinding," North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Meeting, October 7, 1999
  • "Real Life Experiences: How to Prepare for and Respond to Federal Audit Subpoenas," December 10, 1998
  • "Health Care Issues Forum: Recent Developments in Health Care Law," North Carolina Association of CPAs, Triangle Chapter, September 17, 1998
  • "Physician Practice Management: Operational Improvement Compliance," June 12, 1998
  • "Legal Issues in Physician Recruitment," Carolina Association of Physician Recruitment Specialists, May 4–5, 1998
  • "Forum: Privatization of Pitt County Memorial Hospital," League of Women Voters of Pitt County, March 24, 1998
  • "National Practitioner Data Bank," Board of Directors of Wayne Memorial Hospital, December 9, 1997
  • "Legal Issues Related to Medical Staffs," North Carolina Bar Foundation, Health Law Primer, November 7, 1997
  • "Legal Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions of Health Care Providers," Martin General Hospital and Martin County Board of Commissioners, August 25, 1997
  • "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Physician Recruitment," Carolina Association of Physician Services, May 20, 1997
  • "Legal Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions of Health Care Providers – What's Taking Place in Today's Environment," North Carolina Health Care Financial Management Association's 1996 Annual Summer Meeting, August 4, 1996
  • "Integrated Delivery Systems in Health Care," Triad Health Care Executive Forum, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, June 6, 1996
  • "Potential Liability Exposures of Hospital Board Members," Board of Directors of Wayne Memorial Hospital, May 14, 1996
  • "Legal Issues Related to Medical Staffs," North Carolina Bar Foundation, Health Law Primer, December 15, 1995
  • "Legal Issues in Health Care in a Managed Care System," presentation to hospital trustees, administrators, and physicians, May 31, 1995
  • "Physician Compensation and Reimbursement," Doctors and Lawyers at the Crossroads: The New Health Delivery Landscape, North Carolina Bar Foundation Health Law Section's Annual Meeting, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Society, April 28, 1995
  • "Cooperation or Competition: The Emergence of New Delivery Systems in North Carolina," North Carolina Ambulatory Endoscopy Center, December 9, 1994
  • "Legal Issues in Physician Recruitment," Carolinas Association of Physician Services, Fall Conference, December 1–2, 1994
  • "Recruiting and Retention Incentives for Physicians: Current Developments," Health Law Seminar, Lorman Business Center, Inc., August 24, 1994
  • "Forewarned & Forearmed: Board Liability & Risk Management," North Carolina Hospital Association, North Carolina Hospital Trustee Institute, April 8–9, 1994
  • "Legal Barriers to Development of Integrated Delivery Systems, Task Force on Integrated Delivery Systems," North Carolina Hospital Association, February 3, 1994
  • "Business Issues in Health Care, The Rush to Integrate," North Carolina Bar Foundation, Health Law Primer, December 10, 1993
  • "Hospital and Physician Relationships, New Times – New Strategies," Randolph Hospital, Inc., November 4, 1993
  • "The Health Care Delivery System After Reform, New Times – New Strategies," 12th Annual Health Directors' Legal Conference, Institute of Government, October 21, 1993
  • Panel Discussion: "Integrated Delivery Systems and Strategies to Respond to State and Federal Health Care Reform Proposals," Health Law Seminar, Lorman Business Center, Inc., August 20, 1993
  • "Pediatric Ethics," Raleigh Community Hospital, July 29, 1993
  • "Hospital and Physician Relationships; New Times – New Strategies," Stanly Memorial Hospital, Inc., July 22, 1993
  • "Physician/Hospital Organizations," Swain County Hospital, Inc., July 9, 1993
  • "Physician/Hospital Organizations," Wayne Memorial Hospital, Inc., June 1993
  • "Organizing for Health Care Reform: Physician/Hospital Organizations," Central Carolina Hospital Alliance, June 1993
  • "Asking the Right Questions: Determining the Role Your Organization Can Play in an Integrated Delivery System," Health Care Alliance of the Carolinas Spring Retreat, April 16, 1993
  • "Safe Harbor Regulations," Winthrop University School of Business Administration, March 25, 1993
  • "Safe Harbor Regulations," Carolina Medical Professional Group, March 6, 1993
  • "Duty to Maintain Medical Records," Confidentiality of Medical Records Seminar, Lorman Business Center, Inc., September 23, 1992
  • "Physician Recruitment/Retention Issues, Financial Relationships With Referral Sources: Safe Harbors Now and in the Future," July 28, 1992
  • "Legal Issues in Admitting," North Carolina Association of Health Care & Admitting Managers Annual Meeting, June 18, 1992
  • "Nursing Discipline: A Lawyer's Perspective," Fourth Annual Conference for Nursing Executives, Institute of Government, April 7, 1992
  • "National Practitioner Data Bank," Meeting of the Carolina Medical Professional Group, March 6–8, 1992
  • "Joining a Partnership or Group," American Medical Association, June 6, 1991
  • "Relationships with the Board of Medical Examiners: An 'Outsider's' Perspective," Doctors and Lawyers at the Crossroads, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Society and the Health Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, February 8–9, 1991
  • "Sources of Liability for Officers and Directors: The Roles of Directors and Trustees," October 2, 1990
  • "The Patient Self-Determination Act and North Carolina's Right to a Natural Death Act," presentation to Health Policy and Administration Course, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, May 13, 1990


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1976
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • North Carolina, 1981
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law and Antitrust and Trade Regulation Sections
  • National Rural Health Association

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