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René has more than 25 years of experience related to health care law. She focuses her practice in the areas of general health law, Regulatory Compliance, Fraud and Abuse, and False Claims Act matters. René regularly advises health care providers of all types, including health care facility clients, hospitals, physician practices, and physicians, as a member of the firm’s Health Care & Insurance Team. Her day-to-day work includes counseling clients on the application of the various health care laws, including the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law, with respect to hospital and physician transactions, and advice on EMTALA, billing and payment, and other regulatory matters.

She has assisted clients with self-disclosures, with the preparation and implementation of compliance plans, has coordinated internal investigations related to regulatory compliance issues, recommended corrective action, and provided compliance education. Her practice also includes day-to-day counsel regarding hospital and physician joint ventures, recruitment, preparation and review of provider contracts and subcontracts, and other transactional matters.

René currently serves on the board of directors of various civic and professional organizations including Health Enterprises Network, and is a frequent lecturer on health law issues. She is a past chair of the Louisville Bar Association Health Law Section and past director of Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys.

Career Highlights


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2020, in the field of Health Care Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2012
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” list in the area of Health Care Law, 2015-2016
  • Named "Partner in Healthcare,” Louisville Business First, 2006-2016
  • Health Enterprises Network Fellow, Class of 2006
  • Who's Who Among Attorneys, 2006


Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American College of Healthcare Executives

Former Employment

  • Shareholder, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., 1995-2016
  • Vice President & General Counsel, St. Anthony Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky, 1990-1995
  • Private practice, 1989-1990

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Health Enterprises Network, Board of Directors
  • Louisville Bar Association, Health Law Section, Past Chair
  • Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Past Director


Contributions & Published Works


  • Kentucky Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
  • Kentucky Health Information Management Association (KHIMA)
  • Kentucky Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA)
  • Kentucky Hospital Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • “Kentucky Health Law,” University of Kentucky, Office of Continuing Legal Education seminar
  • Health Enterprises Network


University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1980
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1985

  • Kentucky, 1993
    Indiana, 1988
    Pennsylvania, 1985
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1993
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1993
    U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1993
    U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1985
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1985
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