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Susan J. Freed


Susan is a senior shareholder at the Davis Brown Law Firm where she practices in the areas of health law and employee benefits. She is the former chair of both the firm's Business Division and Health Law department. She practices in the firm's Des Moines office.


Health Law

In her health law practice, Susan represents a wide variety of health care providers—including physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, and county facilities—with respect to transactional, reimbursement, and regulatory issues. She drafts contracts, employment agreements, physician recruitment agreements, corporate documents and corporate policies. In addition, she counsels clients on various health law issues including health care reform, fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, EMTALA, managed care contracts, and confidentiality laws. In connection with her health law practice, Susan also handles surrogacy arrangements.


Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation 
Susan’s employee benefits practice consists of advising employers on employee welfare benefit issues including the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA.  She drafts and reviews a variety of plan documents and summary plan descriptions and also assists employers with implementing the Affordable Care Act and other regulatory changes.


Awards & Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2020, Health Care Law. Susan has been ranked by Best Lawyers since 2012.
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, Iowa Ranked Up & Coming, 2013
  • 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers “Rising Star” - Health Care 
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