John Childs

John Childs

Title: Partner, Brennan, Manna & Diamond


John is a Partner and a principle member of Brennan, Manna & Diamond’s Healthcare, Labor and Employment, and Litigation departments. John has served as General Counsel for a health system that operates hospitals, insurance companies and joint ventures including physician practices. He is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice in both the Healthcare and Labor Law arenas.

Healthcare Law

  • General corporate matters
  • Compliance, false claims and fraud and abuse
  • Antitrust
  • Strategic planning
  • Corporate structure and governance
  • Employment and labor relations
  • State and federal regulatory issues
  • Mergers, affiliations, and acquisitions
  • HIPAA patient privacy and security
  • APCs – Hospital outpatient PPS
  • Physician-Hospital joint ventures
  • Medical staff issues, including bylaws, credentialing, peer review, and disciplinary hearings
  • EMTALA/Anti-Dumping provisions (COBRA)
  • Medicare/Medicaid reimpursement appeals and certification
  • Integrated delivery systems and the development of networks
  • Managed care and other third party payor contracting
  • General hospital contracting
  • Public law compliance for governmental hospitals
  • PHO, MSO, and similar arrangements
  • Physician practice acquisitions
  • Insurance, including the development of captive insurance companies, provider-controlled HMOs and PPOs, and other health insurance products
  • Federal, state and local tax, including non-profit and tax-exempt status issues
  • Litigation and arbitration in federal and state courts
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements

Labor and Employment Law

  • Labor-Management relations
  • Contract negotiations
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Civil rights and discrimination issues including race, age, gender, and disability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Unfair competition
  • Federal and state safety laws (including OSHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Employee leasing
  • Covenant not to compete
  • Litigation and arbitration in federal and state courts, including class actions


  • John also assists clients with litigation matters. He has successfully argued cases in both state and federal courts for matters involving labor and employment disputes, healthcare matters, contract and other business disputes, and class actions.

Professional Honors & Awards

  • The University of Akron, School of Law: Adjunct Professor of Healthcare and Labor Law (2007-Present, 1981-1984)
  • General Counsel, Summa Health Systems (1991-1998)
  • Interim Chief Executive Officer, Society of Chest Pain Centers (June 2010-April 2011)

Courts & Bar Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member: Akron Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association