Edward H. Townsend (Ted)

  • Rochester
  • 585.231.1254
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Ted Townsend advises hospitals, health care providers, facilities and organizations in connection with operational, compliance and governance matters, including corporate compliance, HIPAA, fraud and abuse, professional licensure and misconduct issues, the implementation of internal compliance programs, patient-related issues, medical staff issues and psychiatric commitment issues. A large portion of Ted’s practice is devoted to assisting physician practices and other health care entities with various matters including business acquisitions and sales, ACO formation and participation, and issues relating to the formation, governance, ownership, operation, transfer, and termination of such entities. Ted also counsels clients on contracting matters, including reviewing and negotiating managed care agreements.

Ted also provides counsel to health care providers in Federal (OIG and DOJ) and State (MFCU and OMIG) audits and investigations, including counseling clients with respect to Medicare and Medicaid voluntary self-disclosures.


  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business and Health Law Sections
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Harley School Centennial Committee


  • Order of the Coif, Syracuse University College of Law


  • Presenter, “Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Protecting Your Employees from Discrimination While Protecting Your Workplace,” Harter Secrest & Emery’s Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 5, 2017
  • Presenter, “Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends,” New York State Health Facilities Organization (NYSHFA) Audio Conference, October 7, 2016
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Issues Facing Student Health Centers,” Harter Secrest & Emery Higher Education Institute, August 2, 2016



  • New York


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
    • Editor-in-Chief, Syracuse Law Review, 2009-2010
  • Trinity College, B.A., 2002