Joseph Schohl is the Chairman and Founder of GeneralCounselWest, PC, and has nearly 30 years of experience in providing healthcare companies with strategic legal advice to help them grow. He has served as general counsel for many private-equity backed healthcare companies as well as providing outside legal services in the areas of health plan and physician contracting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and healthcare compliance, and dispute resolution.
Joe recently served as the Chief Legal Officer at Radiology Partners, Inc, the largest physician-owned radiology practice in the U.S. operating in all 50 states. In that role, he oversaw the Practice Protectors team, which he created ab initio and now consists of over 30 professionals efficiently providing world class legal, compliance, and risk management services. He continues to serve as a legal advisor to Radiology Partners.
Joe previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DaVita Inc., a leading health care provider focused on dialysis services and education for patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. At DaVita, he was responsible for all legal affairs of the company, overseeing a department of approximately 65 teammates, including 20 attorneys, located across the U.S. Under Joe’s leadership, DaVita’s law department won Inside Counsel magazine’s IC-10 award, recognizing it as one of the ten most innovative legal departments in the country.
Prior to joining DaVita in 2004, Joe was corporate counsel at Baxter Healthcare since 1998, where he rotated through several areas of legal responsibility, including securities law, mergers and acquisitions and business unit general counsel.
In private practice, Joe was a senior associate in the corporate and securities group at Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm with approximately 2000 lawyers in 20 cities worldwide. Based in Chicago, he advised on numerous complex mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions.
Joe began his legal career in the corporate practice at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, a preeminent international financial services law firm, representing middle-market companies in initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters out of the firm’s Los Angeles office.
Joe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. He earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also earned an MBA Degree with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received the Jane Robertson Memorial Award for Academic Excellence and graduated at the top of his class.
At the center of his life are his wife and four daughters. He is also active in his local parish and enjoys trail running, swimming and cycling. Joe is admitted to practice in California, Illinois (inactive) and New Hampshire (inactive).