Kaiser Permanente Health Care Hospital Attorney, Counsel III in Oakland, California

  • Legal position can be located in either Oakland or Pasadena, California *

The Counsel III position provides counsel to Kaiser Hospitals and health care providers regarding day-to-day regulatory and operational matters, and requires a general health law background. This is an opportunity to have a broad provider regulatory practice, supporting Kaiser Permanente-s operations as an integrated delivery system in California and the eight other jurisdictions where Kaiser Permanente operates.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Represent Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan on complex issues impacting Kaiser Permanente, across multiple legal business entities.

  • Advise Kaiser Permanente-s health care leaders about compliance with regulations impacting Kaiser Permanente-s delivery system (including hospital, ASC, SNF, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, psychiatric health facility, hospice, home health, continuum and medical office), both in California and in other jurisdictions where Kaiser Permanente operates.

  • Advise hospitals and health plan leadership and serve as a subject matter expert and educational resource regarding regulatory and operational matters, such as implementation of new technologies and innovations, credentialing, peer review and medical staff matters, patient consent, bioethics, privacy and security, mental health chemical dependency and pharmacy law, EMTALA, HITECH, medical device regulation, Medicare Conditions of Participation and state licensing and accreditation standards.

  • Additionally, the ideal candidate will have some experience with medical staff hearings and advice to hospital and health plan quality, medical staff and credentialing leaders.

Essential Functions:

  • Under the supervision of more senior attorneys, provides legal counsel to middle management, senior management and executives on complex and legal issues which have a significant impact to the organization.

  • May counsel leaders and management whenever legally unsound decisions or plans are being made or when changes in the law occur.

  • Handles multiple legal matters in collaboration with other attorneys and paraprofessionals. May provide work review to paraprofessionals.

  • Under oversight of practice group management, engages with outside counsel to efficiently deliver legal expertise to KP when needed.

  • Prepares legal documents, memoranda and other forms of communication regarding transactional or legal advice.

Working Relationships:

The position will also work closely with colleagues in other practice areas, as well as with colleagues who support other Kaiser Regions.

Compliance and Integrity:

  • Models and reinforces ethical behavior in self and others in accordance with the KP Principles of Responsibility, adheres to organizational policies and guidelines, supports compliance initiatives, maintains confidences, admits mistakes, conducts business with honesty, shows consistency in words and actions, and follows through on commitments.

  • All leaders are accountable for communication, implementation, enforcement, monitoring, and oversight of compliance policies and practices in their departments.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum seven (7) years experience as an attorney in a law firm or company or in government in one or more legal specialties.


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Juris degree.

License, Certification, Registration

  • State Bar license required.

Additional Requirements:

  • Membership in local Bar Association.

  • Demonstrates skillful insight into critical business problems and emerging legal issues.

  • Proven ability to render timely and sound legal advice within applicable legal principles.

  • Maintains current knowledge of specialty area.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A.


TITLE: Health Care Hospital Attorney, Counsel III

LOCATION: Oakland, California


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.