Sarah E. Coyne


Sarah Coyne guides her clients through regulatory compliance concerning health care information and technology and in forging agreements on behalf of hospitals and other health care providers that comply with the regulations defined by the Stark, Anti-Kickback, and False Claims Acts, helping to maximize reimbursements while minimizing risks. She also deals regularly with patient safety and quality-of-care issues involving disputes with physicians, patient claims and complaints, medical staff bylaws and organizational structures, and other issues that tend to fall outside of regulatory compliance guidelines. She is a go-to attorney for all things legal that pertain to hospitals, but her knowledge and experience span multiple areas within health law, and she is a highly valued resource to the gamut of clients in the health & life sciences industry. Rural and small-community hospitals particularly will not find a more informed and better-prepared advocate than Sarah, and she also is part of a group of Quarles attorneys who understand, as well as or better than anyone, how HIPAA and Wisconsin State law interact.

As the chair of the Quarles Health & Life Sciences Practice Group, Sarah oversees a nationally recognized team of lawyers that represents a “one-stop shopping experience” for virtually any client in the health care industry, dealing with matters from labor & employment to pharmacy, litigation, real estate, intellectual property, data privacy, and, yes, health law itself.

Health care as a career transcends the law in Sarah’s case. She began professional life as an occupational therapist, who cared so much about her patients that she conducted research on laws and regulations concerning their maladies on her own time, and she enjoyed it so much that she decided to go to law school. She loves working with hospital administrators to avoid regulation traps and encumbrances and takes great satisfaction in successfully doing so. She also wields a deft pen, writing updates on health law that her clients greatly enjoy reading!

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Wisconsin (O.T.R., with honors, 1987)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., with honors, 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1995

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member, Health Law Section)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association (Member, Health Law Section)
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (Member)
  • Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation (Member)
  • Wisconsin Association for Healthcare Quality (Member)
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management (Member)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (Member)
  • Practiced at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison for four years
  • Experience as a registered occupational therapist
  • Invited Participant in Governor Doyle's eHealth Initiative Privacy and Security Task Force: Legal Workgroup, Implementations Workgroup, Solutions Workgroup
  • Executive Committee for HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW) and is active in its preemption workgroup and other workgroups related to confidentiality of health care information
  • Yellow Belt Certified in Lean Six Sigma (June 2015)
  • Madison Ballet (Board of Directors)
  • Adjunct Professor in Health Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in 2014-2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list
  • Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Class of 2013
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2014, 2016, 2017 Madison Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Selected as a "2013 Leader in the Law" by the Wisconsin Law Journal
  • Selected as the 2011 "Wisconsin Health Law Attorney of the Year" by the Health Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2009–present: Health Care Law)
  • Listed in Madison Magazine as a top lawyer in the area of health law
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation