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Robert W. Shaw

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Celeste Kelliher
Phone: 919.838.2004


Robert Shaw joined Smith Anderson in 2018 and serves as head of the Health Care practice. Robert has extensive M&A, health care, and tax experience, including representation of clients on the buyer side and seller side in mergers and acquisitions, in Medicare and Medicaid audits, tax planning, business transactions, drafting physician agreements and employment agreements, corporate advice, and regulatory compliance. He represents clients in acquisitions, including private equity firms, regional and national health care providers and hospitals.

Robert also has a robust health care regulatory practice, including advising clients with respect to HIPAA, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law matters around the country. He has advised health care clients with respect to CLIA certification, enrollment and credentialing issues, managed care organization relations, and Affordable Care Act compliance. He has broad experience with regulatory compliance issues faced by physician groups, ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals, developmental disabilities providers, home health and hospice providers, substance abuse clinics, mental health providers, skilled nursing companies, and speech therapy agencies.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Robert was the managing partner of the Raleigh office of a large national law firm.

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Executive Committee, Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • The First Tee of the Triangle
  • Pro bono representation of clients referred from Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Board member, St. Thomas More Society
  • Past member, North Carolina Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights
  • United Arts Council office fund drives
  • Past Chair, Triangle Chapter of the Federalist Society
  • Past Co-Chair, Triangle Chapter of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation

North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013 - 2017)



  • Represented academic medical institution in $3.4 billion health system joint venture deal.
  • Represented client in $25 million tax credit controversy with North Carolina Department of Revenue.
  • Advised hospital on health care regulatory compliance with blockchain cryptocurrency project.
  • Assisted large accountable care organization with innovative joint venture with blockchain-based patient and provider engagement application.
  • Assisted specialty medical practice in negotiating terms separation from health system.
  • Represented taxpayer in appeal of FBAR penalty before U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • Advised a Florida Medicaid Waiver Provider that provides community based services, support and training to individuals with developmental disabilities in a definitive agreement to acquire an organization that provides support and services to help individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
  • Advised a provider of services to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in definitive agreements to acquire other providers of support and services to help individuals with development and physical disabilities.
  • Represented seller in sale of five-location behavioral health treatment facility.
  • Assisted buyer in hospital acquisition involving complex public financing regulatory compliance.
  • Represented buyer in $16 million financing and acquisition of regional developmental disabilities company.
  • Negotiated and drafted physician and joint venture contracts.
  • Successful appeal of termination decisions by managed care organizations and Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Resolution of provider audits via settlement and motions practice.
  • Litigation of health care provider audits across the country.
  • Provided tax planning and compliance advice in statewide acquisition of rental properties companies.
  • Represented clients in property tax audits and controversies pertaining to valuation, exemptions, exclusions, and present use matters.
  • Successful defense of class action lawsuit brought by North Carolina counties regarding occupancy taxes in federal court, including appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Favorable resolution of employment tax audits with the Internal Revenue Service.

News & Publications


Speaking Engagements


  • Co-Presenter, "Financial Options for Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic," The North Carolina Medical Society, Webinar
  • "Driving Value-Based Health Care: The Employer Perspective," NC Chamber Health Care Conference, Durham, N.C.
  • "Contracts: Negotiating with a Group or Hospital," The Carolinas Anesthesiology 2019 Quality in Anesthesia Conference, Asheville, N.C.
  • "Strategic Collaborations," Selected Issues for Multi-Disciplinary Corporate Practitioners, Morrisville, N.C.
  • "A Legal Update for Medicaid Providers," Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
  • "North Carolina Update," PESI
  • "Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices," Wake Forest University School of Law Annual Business Law Update, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2004
    • Chancellor’s Scholar
  • Wake Forest University, B.S., Mathematical Economics, 1999
    • Presidential and Carswell Scholar
    • Phi Beta Kappa
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