Management of Contractual Disputes Among Physicians


Three doctors formed a partnership and developed substantial disputes concerning the operation of their practices, including disagreements over workloads, hours of work, the employment in a key position of the wife of one doctor, and a lack of profitability. We represented one of the physicians. We first drafted an employment contract to help manage the partnership arrangement. After money problems threatened the practice’s survival, our client asked us for help extricating himself from his agreements while protecting his patients. He also asked that we investigate the suspected fraud by one of his partners. Our client was not from Massachusetts and wanted to close his local practice and return to his home to work as a physician.

Result:  After intense negotiations and the eruption of litigation, a settlement was reached. Our client was able to close his Massachusetts practice and return to his home state, where he re-commenced his medical practice.