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Gregory Y. Harris

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Greg Harris practices administrative law, healthcare law, procurement law, and government relations. He frequently writes and presents on these and related issues to legal, government, and trade groups in Arizona.

Administrative Law

Greg helps clients with a wide variety of state and federal administrative and regulatory law issues. He regularly advises clients on licensing, compliance and enforcement issues that impact their businesses. He works with clients to develop and implement strategies to satisfy or achieve their goals, including how laws or rules apply to their business or operations.

Some of his recent administrative law work includes:

  • Chairing the Arizona State Bar's working group, established to propose changes to the rules governing administrative appeals, with those rules becoming effective on January 1, 2018.
  • Representing individuals and businesses licensed by health regulatory agencies and boards seeking to become licensed or to respond to investigations conducted by the agency or the board.
  • Helping a company being investigated by the Registrar of Contractors with a complaint filed during a public procurement proceeding.
  • Assisting applicants or licensees seeking licenses or under investigation by the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.
  • Assisting mortgage bankers, automobile finance companies, collection agencies and other financial enterprises being investigated or examined and then involved in contested proceedings before the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.
  • Assisting clients regulated by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Greg has represented clients before Arizona state agencies such as the Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Boards, the Dental Board, the Nursing Board, the Chiropractic Board, the Behavioral Health Board, the Optometry Board, the Dispensing Optician Board, the Board of Technical Registration, the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, the Registrar of Contractors, the Securities Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Department of Financial Institutions, and the Department of Real Estate.

Procurement

Greg represents clients in procurement matters under state and local government procurement laws. For companies whose winning bids are challenged by competing bidders, he helps defend and protect the contract award. For companies who have lost bids, he helps identify and file challenges against the award and defend his client’s interests in accompanying hearings.

Some of Greg's recent procurement work includes:

  • Representing clients interested in the language of rules to be adopted by the State Procurement Office dealing with procurement challenges and contractor performance.
  • Representing the recipient of an award for advertising services whose award was challenged by a competing bidder and whose company was simultaneously accused of operating without a state license. Greg helped the client sustain the awarded contract and successfully addressed the regulatory complaint.
  • Assisting a client who challenged a contract award and then faced another bidder’s complaint that the client had violated the Licensed Contractor requirement by bidding for the award without holding a license issued by the Registrar of Contractors.
  • Assisting a service provider in its successful effort to overturn an award made by a county for telephone services.
  • Advising a client that received an award for a significant contract award in the successful defense of the award through both phases of the administrative review process.

Insurance

Greg's insurance clients benefit greatly from his previous experience gained while representing the Arizona Department of Insurance as its lawyer and then when working for the agency, first as the Chief Administrative Law Judge and later as the agency’s Executive Assistant Director.

Greg represents insurance companies of all kinds before the Department of Insurance. He helps these clients navigate issues including filings, approvals, compliance, and joint ventures. He also advises clients on strategies to comply with or strategies to amend existing laws or rules to permit practices proposed by a client.

Examples of his work include guiding a client through the approval process so that they could form a joint venture. He also has advised clients on regulatory and policy issues associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the development of a Health Insurance Exchange under the ACA.

Health Care

Greg advises health care providers on licensing, regulatory, informed consent, and compliance obligations.

  • Helped an organ procurement organization plan for and then work with providers and policymakers to win the passage of the “Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.”
  • Worked with organ procurement organizations as they have planned to implement the law.
  • Worked with clients in the revision and implementation of changes to their informed consent procedures, forms and documentation related to informed consent.
  • Advised clients on licensing issues that health care institutions must satisfy under laws and rules enforced by the Department of Health Services.
  • Represented clients facing disciplinary proceedings before a number of health care boards, including the Medical Board, the Dental Board, the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and the Chiropractic Board.

Greg also helps health care providers with HIPAA compliance issues. His work includes keeping companies out of trouble by helping them proactively adhere to compliance requirements and getting companies out of trouble by working to bring facilities into compliance. Further, he serves as the privacy officer for Lewis Roca.

Government Relations

Greg represents clients who are either fighting to maintain an existing state law and/or championing a change in the law. With 10+ years of combined experience in leadership roles at the Arizona Department of Insurance and as an Assistant Attorney General, as well as nearly 20 years working on legislative matters at Lewis Roca, he regularly interfaces with the Arizona Legislature and state agencies to help his clients reach their goals.

Greg’s recent government relations work includes:

  • Supporting the coalition which worked to enact compacts for doctors, nurses, physical therapists and psychologists.
  • Drafting a change to the state’s data privacy laws to align Arizona law with HIPAA.
  • Representing pet stores working to improve standards for sales of pets from breeders.
  • Assisting in the passage of legislation to modernize the licensing system for certified nursing assistants.
  • Supporting efforts to enact and preserve the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
  • Assisting hospitals and medical records management companies in the implementation of Arizona’s health information exchange.
  • Introducing a bill designed to clarify the obligations of a water service provider to deliver service to adjacent landowners.
  • Drafting legislation to allow drivers to show proof of insurance on electronic devices including smartphones and tablets.
  • Streamlining the permitting process for renewable energy development projects located within a city’s limits.
  • Assisting the Arizona State Board of Nursing to clarify the authority of the Board’s executive director and working with stakeholders to correct a deficiency in the laws governing the work of certified registered nurse anesthetists.
  • Changes to the laws for the out of state providers to lawfully prescribe medications or order diagnostic examinations for Arizona patients.

More About Gregory Y. Harris

Education

  • J.D., Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Arizona State University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1983

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Community

  • State Bar Working Group to Amend JRAD (Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions) Rules, Chair
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Alumni Association President
  • Beth El Congregation, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Arizona State University, Adjunct Professor
  • Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers, Board Member
  • Arizona Board of Nursing, Former Public Member
  • National Council of the State Boards of Nursing, Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • Arizona Board of Athletic Trainers, Former Member
  • Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation, Former Board Member
  • Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Secretary 2018-2019, Former Chair, Treasurer and Member of the Executive Council

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C., Government Relations Practice, 2013-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative /Regulatory Law and Healthcare Law, 2019-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2019
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Distinguished Achievement Award, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV/Preeminent Attorney" rating
  • AZ Business Magazine, Top Lawyers, Government Relations, 2013

Publications

Events

  • “Recent Changes Affecting Administrative Law Practitioners,” State Bar of Arizona's Annual Convention, June 2018
  • “New Rules for Administrative Appeals,” State Bar of Arizona, February 2018
  • "Antitrust Concerns for Arizona Regulators after NC Dental,” State Bar of Arizona's Annual Convention, June 2016
  • “Lobbying for Health Care Clients,” Arizona Health Lawyer’s Association Annual Meeting, June 2016
  • “Legislative Update,” Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, June 2016
  • “Organ Donation under the UAGA,” Donor Network of Arizona, January 2016
  • “NC Dental v. FTC,” Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, December 2015
  • “Drone Law,” Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Bar, November 2015
  • “Legislative and Case Law Update,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2015
  • “Organ Donation for Funeral Directors,” Donor Network of Arizona Funeral Director Symposium, March 2015
  • "The Absence of NO – Silence and Conflict: Organ Donation for Transplant and Whole Body Donation," AATB Annual Meeting, September 2014
  • "HIPAA for Defense Lawyers," Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, March 2014
  • "Arizona Insurance Regulation Overview," State Bar of Arizona, October 2014
  • "Legislative Update," Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, June 2014
  • "Arizona Administrative Law Overview - Judicial Perspective on Judicial Review Actions: Legislative, Rule and Case Law Update, and Ethical Considerations," State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2014
  • "Arizona Administrative Law Overview - Judicial Perspective on Judicial Review Actions: Legislative, Rule and Case Law Update, and Ethical Considerations," State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2013
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