William A. Knowlton

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

William A. Knowlton

William A. Knowlton

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Biography

Major players in the health care and life sciences industries turn to Bill Knowlton for trusted counsel on their most important corporate, regulatory and governance matters. With more than three decades of experience in health care law, Bill offers clients a singular perspective on these complex issues, particularly with regard to acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. Clients have told Chambers USA that Bill is "tremendous on healthcare work, and provides leadership qualities that permeate the strength of the practice as a whole."

In his practice, Bill regularly advises academic medical centers and faculty practice plans, hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations and health care investment firms. He also works closely with private equity clients on their acquisitions of health care companies.

Clients have described Bill in Chambers USA as “a diplomatic, highly skilled negotiator.” He has worked with several major academic medical centers on restructuring their relationships with their affiliated medical schools and universities, and has also advised private equity clients on the regulatory framework of health care companies they are seeking to acquire.

One of the earliest members of Ropes & Gray’s health care group and its chair for many years, Bill has played a pivotal role in building the firm’s practice in this area. Bill has served in a number of other important leadership positions at the firm including as a member of the firm’s Policy Committee from 2002 to 2015, where he was liaison to both the firm's health care and life sciences practices. He currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Hiring and Development Committee which oversees associate hiring and development. He also manages a number of important client relationships, including those involving innovative alternative fee arrangements.

Bill belongs to the American Health Lawyers Association and served as a director and clerk of The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national, and increasingly international, charitable organization that supports the physician-patient relationship.

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William A. Knowlton
Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1982

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

BA in History, cum laude
Class of 1977

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Memberships
Member
1998 - Current

The District of Columbia Bar is the second largest unified bar association in the United States. The D.C. Bar’s core functions, supported by member dues, are the registration of lawyers, operation of a lawyer disciplinary system, maintenance of a Clients’ Security Fund, and certain other administrative operations. Many of the important educational and public service programs carried out by the Bar are made possible by voluntary contributions, user fees, and other nondues sources of income. The Bar is governed by a Board of Governors composed of 20 lawyers selected by the active membership and three members of the public appointed by the Bar itself as nonvoting members.

Member
Current

The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality nonpartisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. AHLA provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHLA elects not to advocate for or against any particular policy proposals. The public interest efforts of AHLA are designed to provide pro bono materials to the public at large. Visit our Public Interest page for more information about our various initiatives and publications and to make a donation to our Public Interest efforts.

Career History
Partner
Current

Ropes & Gray LLP is a global law firm with 11 offices located in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The firm has over 1,100 lawyers, and professionals worldwide, and its clients include corporations and financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and health care organizations. It was founded in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts by John Codman Ropes and John Chipman Gray

Trustee & Clerk
1990 - 2000

WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD, SEA EDUCATES AND INSPIRES OCEAN SCHOLARS, STEWARDS, AND LEADERS. SEA OFFERS HIGH SCHOOL AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AN ADVENTURE WITH A PURPOSE, COMBINING ACADEMIC STUDIES ON SHORE WITH HANDS-ON, FIELD-BASED LEARNING AT SEA ABOARD TALL SHIP RESEARCH VESSELS.

Boards & Committees
Trustee
1995 - 2000

Trinity Hospice, Inc. provides physical and healthcare services for terminally ill people. It operates in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Arizona, Kansas and Pennsylvania. Trinity Hospice was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Trustee
Current

TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY TO SOCIETY BY PROMOTING THE VALUES OF KINDNESS, RESPECT FOR OTHERS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP THROUGH YEAR-ROUND EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAMS, CAMPS FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS, AND GUIDANCE FROM INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODELS.

Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER OF BOSTON (CMCB) TRANSFORMS LIVES THROUGHOUT GREATER BOSTON BY PROVIDING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EXCELLENT MUSIC EDUCATION AND ARTS EXPERIENCES.

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2012

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

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2011

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

$25K +
2010

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$2,500
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

Transactions
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TPG Capital, LP, TPG Partner Holdings LP purchase BVI Medical, Inc. from Roundtable Healthcare Management, Inc., Dempsey Ventures LLC

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The Carlyle Group LP (Corporate Private Equity) purchases LifeCare Holdings LLC (Texas) from GTCR LLC

Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
2012
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
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