Melissa Sobel Snyder


  • Melissa Sobel Snyder
  • Phone: +1 215 979 7339

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

Melissa Sobel Snyder practices in the area of health law. Ms. Snyder focuses her practice in healthcare regulatory compliance and health information technology matters. Ms. Snyder advises clients, including hospitals, outpatient providers, long-term care facilities, physicians, and other healthcare providers, on a variety of legal issues, including HIPAA and state privacy laws, federal and state licensing and certification, telemedicine matters, and across-the-board regulatory compliance. Ms. Snyder also regularly assists subcontractors and vendors providing services to the healthcare industry and companies providing health information technology with HIPAA and healthcare data privacy issues. In addition, Ms. Snyder also has experience assisting healthcare providers undergoing changes of ownership and control with regulatory and licensure issues associated with those transactions.

Ms. Snyder is a 2009 cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was associate editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Ms. Snyder also earned a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University.

Representative Matters

  • Seconded at a leading hospital, supporting healthcare regulatory matters, including providing legal advice for the hospital related to accreditation, state and federal regulatory compliance, HIPAA and other privacy and security rules, institutional and patient care policies and licensure issues.

  • Counseled HIPAA covered entity with respect to data breach response under HIPAA and state law requirements.

  • On behalf of Einstein Healthcare Network, assisted with healthcare regulatory work related to the sale of its Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, consisting of a 147-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital and two related outpatient programs, to Acadia Healthcare.
  • On behalf of Cathedral Village, a nonprofit owner and operator of a skilled nursing facility, continuing care retirement community and personal care home, assisted with healthcare regulatory work related to its affiliation with Presbyterian Senior Living.
  • On behalf of a large national healthcare REIT, assisted with licensure work for acquisitions of assisted living facility properties in multiple states.
  • On behalf of a large national healthcare REIT, assisted with healthcare regulatory due diligence of target facility operations and operational history of business partner companies in connection with acquisition of assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities in multiple states.
  • Obtained on behalf of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) a ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that held that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department had overbilled healthcare providers more than $100 million over three years to fund a program that provides excess coverage for medical malpractice claims under the state's Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (MCARE).


  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey


  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Master of Bioethics, 2009
  • Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2004


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2009-present

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Understanding the Basics of Health Law," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Fundamentals of Health Law Seminar, November 2013
  • Co-Presenter, "The Impact of the Federal Healthcare Reform Law on Healthcare Providers," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Fundamentals of Health Law Seminar, November 2011