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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Eric J. Plinke

Eric J. Plinke



  • Corporate & Transactional
  • False Claims Act
  • Government Relations
  • Capital Markets

WSG Practice Industries



Eric serves as co-chair of Dinsmore’s Health Care Industry practice group. He represents a wide variety of provider entities including multi-hospital health systems, hospitals, surgery centers, medical practices, and individual providers in a wide range of health care industry and business issues. From serving as outside general counsel to transactional/project counsel, Eric regularly advises clients regarding hospital/medical practice mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, physician compensation issues, joint venture transactions and relationships, operational compliance issues and compliance program implementation and training, as well as Stark law and Anti-kickback statute analysis.

He also has significant experience addressing the wide range of regulatory issues that providers and institutions frequently encounter in the modern health care industry. These include mandatory reporting obligations, HIPAA regulations, scope of practice issues, and telemedicine. Eric has successfully represented both entities and providers in credentialing, medical staff matters, and third-party payer audits. He also has extensive experience representing entities and providers in regulatory investigations, hearings, and administrative appeals.

Earlier in his career, Eric worked as an attorney for the State Medical Board of Ohio. He is a member of the American Health Law Association and the Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys, for whom he just completed his term of office as president.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


  • University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • Hanover College (B.A., 1989)
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets | Corporate & Transactional | False Claims Act | Government Relations | Health Care Industry | Life Sciences Industry | Mergers & Acquisitions | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Best Lawyers® (2006 - present)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Health Care Law (2020)
    •  Health Care Law
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®  (2007 - present)
  • Ohio Rising Star® (2005)
  • Top Lawyers by Columbus CEO magazine

Professional Associations

  • Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys
    • President (2018 - 2020)
    • Vice president (2106 - 2017)
    • Secretary (2014 - 2015)
    • Board member (2010 - 2013)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Capital University, Health Care Law, adjunct professor 
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Health Care Law Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association, Health Care Law Committee, chair (2009 - 2011)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter
    • Board of Trustees (2002 - 2008)
    • Team-in-Training cyclist
  • MOSSL, GOYSL, HOSA and middle school, youth soccer coach


Health Care Noncompetes Are Under Attack
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order entitled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” One key element of the executive order is to address noncompete covenants that the White House characterized as stifling competition between companies. Section 5(g) encouraged the FTC to draft rules which seek to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility...

Proposed Expansion to Ohio Laser Rule Advances to Public Rules Hearing
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2021

More than three years after initial publication, the State Medical Board of Ohio's proposed revisions to its light-based device (laser) rules are now advancing toward possible enactment, as the Medical Board has announced amendments to the proposal and scheduled public rules hearing for May 17, 2021...

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