Scott C. Kessenick


Scott specializes in working with clients in the healthcare industry.  With a background in litigation, Scott has represented clients in a variety of complex matters, including contract, billing, employment, and medical staff disputes.  Scott has litigated in federal and state courts in California and New York, as well as various arbitration venues (including JAMS, AAA, and ADR Services).   

On the transactional side, Scott’s expertise includes corporate structuring, acquisitions, “Friendly P.C.” arrangements, anti-kickback law, privacy law, and government reimbursement.  Outside of healthcare, Scott has extensive experience with accreditation law.   

Scott’s clients include for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals.  Scott regularly works with directors and officers on governance issues, including advice concerning fiduciary duties.  Scott also routinely advises technology companies on California’s ban on the corporate practice of medicine, as well as other legal issues.  

Scott received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2010, and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006.  Before joining Kessenick Gamma, Scott practiced for three years as an associate in the New York office of Dechert LLP.  

Recent projects include:

  • Representing a chain of urgent care centers in an acquisition by a national health system. 
  • Routinely advising Bay Area hospital Medical Staff on variety of issues, including peer review hearings.  
  • An eight-month stint serving as interim General Counsel to Brown & Toland Physicians, an Independent Practice Association with 2700 affiliated providers serving hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the Bay Area.  
  • Representing Knox Keene licensed health plan in payment dispute with hospital system involving Medicare Advantage claims and related regulations. 
  • Representing large health care company in state court action brought by former board member concerning removal.   
  • Representing member of a California Limited Liability Company (LLC) and management services organization (MSO) in complex dispute concerning operation of hyperbaric chamber.  
  • Routinely advising federally recognized regional accreditor on variety of issues.  
  • Routinely advising leading life sciences technology company on variety of issues.
  • Routinely representing ambulatory surgery center, including in potential acquisition by a hospital system.

Scott serves on the Board of Directors and Education Committee of the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys.  He was selected as a Northern California Rising Star in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.  

When not practicing law, Scott enjoys spending time with his family (including his dog), reading (mostly nonfiction) and traveling on two wheels.  

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