Joseph M. Gorrell

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., with honors, 1967
  • S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, M.A., 1970
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Joseph M. Gorrell


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Joseph Gorrell has over 35 years of experience counseling hospitals, medical staffs, nursing homes, and individual practitioners on a broad scope of issues ranging from defense of licensure prosecutions and insurance fraud cases to practice acquisitions and other physician transactions. He has successfully represented numerous physicians before the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners and New York’s Office of Professional Conduct, defending claims, avoiding disciplinary actions, and achieving favorable settlements.

Known for his deep experience in transactional and litigation work, Joseph provides legal advice to hospital medical staffs on a variety of subjects and supervises individual physicians and physician practice groups that are contracting with hospitals, managed care companies, and other physicians. Joseph also counsels physicians who are establishing their own medical practices or becoming members of others.

Named for the last several years as a Leader in the Field by noted ranking company Chambers USA, Joseph is described as a “preeminent figure in the health care industry.” According to Chambers, Joseph is noted for his "skillful and high-profile representation of physicians" and peers highlight him as a "superb lawyer" who is particularly adept at representing physicians in front of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners.

Joseph is a former Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey and has experience providing counsel to the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the Division on Civil Rights. He has served as president of Grotta Center for Senior Care, president of the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network, and on the board of Jewish Family Services of Somerset County and the Mental Health Association of Somerset County, of which he is a former vice president. He is a former member of the board of trustees of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, NJ and is presently a member of the board of governors of the Raritan Valley Country Club.

A frequent lecturer, Joseph addresses health care organizations, medical schools, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education on a variety of legal topics. Currently, Joseph is a sought-after speaker for his extensive knowledge of the opioid crisis and its effect on physicians and other prescribers.


  • New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists Inc. v. New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, 183 N.J. 605 (2005)
  • St. Peter's University Medical Center v. Lacy, 185 N.J. 1 (2005)
  • Herbert v. Newton Memorial Hospital, 933 F. Supp. 1222 (D.N.J. 1996)
  • Brown v. Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, 767 F. Supp. 618 (D.N.J. 1991) 
  • Medford Convalescent and Nursing Center v. Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, 218 N.J. Super. 1. (App. Div. 1985) 



  • Peer review rated as AV-Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence, by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America 1993-2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers since its inception in 2005
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care"
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Newark Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • ALM Top Legal Leader for New York and New Jersey, 2015


Sanders Proposes Medicare for All Act of 2017Health Law Blog | October 16, 2017

Opioid Prescriptions in the Age of EMR – Why Physicians Must be Ultra-VigilantHealth Law Blog | September 21, 2017

BME, BON and DOBI Propose Amendments to Regulations and a New DOBI RuleHealth Law Blog | September 18, 2017

Opioid Crisis: Still Not “Officially” a National EmergencyHealth Law Blog | September 6, 2017

OIG Data Brief Documents Excessive Medicare Part D Opioid PrescriptionsHealth Law Blog | August 2017

CMS Proposes New MACRA RulesHealth Law Blog | July 2017

DOH Adopts Rules Implementing Health Care Professional Responsibility and Reporting Enhancement ActHealth Law Blog | June 2017

CMS Issues a Proposed Rule to Allow for Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements at Long-Term Care FacilitiesHealth Law Blog | July 2017

DOJ Joins False Claims Act Suit Involving Medicare AdvantageHealth Law Blog | June 2017

Court Holds that New York Home Care Agencies Must Pay Non-Residential Employees for Entire 24 Hours of On-Call ShiftsHealth Law Blog | May 2017

Proposed Legislation Would Limit Non-Economic Damages in Certain Medical Malpractice SuitsHealth Law Blog | May 2017

Proposed Legislation Would Limit Non-Economic Damages in Certain Medical Malpractice SuitsHealth Law Blog | May 2017

Legislature Takes Further Steps to Tackle NJ Opioid CrisisHealth Law Blog | March 2017

HHS Finds That Fraud and Abuse Laws Impeded Gainsharing Arrangements, But Offers No SolutionHealth Law Blog | March 2017

DHHS Expands Exclusion Authority Relating to Federal Health Care ProgramsHealth Law Blog | February 2017

Congress Fast-Tracks Partial “Repeal” of the Affordable Care ActHealth Law Blog | February 2017

New Safe Care Camera ProgramHealth Law Blog | January 2017

CMS Finalizes New Medicare Mandatory Bundled Payment ModelsHealth Law Blog | January 2017

HHS Ordered to Clear Medicare Claims Appeal Backlog by 2021Health Law Blog | January 2017

Fraud Tied to Government Health Care Programs Constitutes the Majority of DOJ’s 2016 False Claims Act RecoveriesHealth Law Blog | January 2017

CMS Proposes New Quality & Efficiency MeasuresHealth Law Blog | December 2016

CMS Reopens Hospital Appeals Settlement ProgramHealth Law Blog | December 2016

Controversy Over Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home ContractsHealth Law Blog | November 2016

DOJ Shift: Enforcement Actions Penalize Individual Corporate ExecutivesHealth Law Blog | November 2016

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion on Vaccine Storage and Dispensing SystemHealth Law Blog | October 2016

Health System Settles Medicaid Whistleblower SuitHealth Law Blog | October 2016

OIG Approves Supplemental Payments by Hospices to Nursing Facilities for Dually-Eligible PatientsHealth Law Blog | September 2016

OCR Publishes Materials to Assist Covered Entities with New Nondiscrimination RuleHealth Law Blog | August 2016

The Power of Precedent in the Medicare Appeals ProcessHealth Law Blog | August 2016

OCR Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities in Minimum Data Set Administration of Section QHealth Law Blog | July 2016

Providers Beware: SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Implied Certification Theory Under False Claims ActHealth Law Blog | July 2016

Is Your Department of Health Submission Confidential?Health Law Blog | June 2016

HHS Issues Final Rule about Equality in Health CareHealth Law Blog | June 2016

DOH Proposal to Enhance Cullen Act ReportingHealth Law Blog | May 2016

SCOTUS: Significant False Claims Act CaseHealth Law Blog | May 2016

Legislature Introduces “Compounding Pharmacy Quality Assurance Act”Health Law Blog | April 2016

Board of Nursing Adopts Regulations Clarifying Delegation DecisionsHealth Law Blog | April 2016

Bill Permits Hospitals to Establish Performance-Based Incentive SystemHealth Law Blog | March 2016

Dentists Are Permitted to Advertise Non-ADA Recognized Specialties in TexasHealth Law Blog | March 2016

CMS Further Extends Moratoria on New Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health AgenciesHealth Law Blog | March 2016

CMS Publishes Final Rule Requiring Face-to-Face Documentation for Medicaid Home Health ReimbursementHealth Law Blog | February 3, 2016

Favorable OIG Advisory Opinion on Payments to Possible Referral Source for Radiology TranscriptionHealth Law Blog | February 2016

Supreme Court to Review Implied Certification Theory Under FCAHealth Law Blog | January 2016

CMS Issues Rule Proposal to Change Discharge Planning Requirements for Health Care FacilitiesHealth Law Blog | December 2015

Risks of Resigning Clinical PrivilegesHealth Law Blog | December 2015

FTC Provides Guidance Regarding Immunity for Professional BoardsHealth Law Blog | November 2015

NLRB Decision Threatens Peer Review Confidentiality ProtectionsHealth Law Blog | November 2015

DOJ Policy Memo Encourages Individual Accountability for Corporate MisconductHealth Law Blog | October 2015

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Waste ManagementHealth Law Blog | October 2015

CMS Further Extends Moratoriums on New Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health AgenciesHealth Law Blog | September 2015

CMS Announces Final Payment Rules for Hospices, Inpatient Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Facilities and HospitalsHealth Law Blog | September 2015

Legislative Update: September 2015Health Law Blog | September 2015

CMS and AMA Attempt to Ease Transition to ICD-10Health Law Blog | August 2015

Morristown Medical Center Campus No Longer Tax-ExemptHealth Law Blog | August 2015

Final Rule for Updating the Medicare Shared Savings ProgramHealth Law Blog | July 2015

CMS Releases New Data to Increase Transparency on Hospital and Physician UtilizationHealth Law Blog | July 2015

PHYSICIANS BEWARE: OIG Fraud Alert Puts Doctors on Notice Regarding Pitfalls of Medical Directorship and Other Payment ArrangementsHealth Law Blog | June 10, 2015

Proposed House Bill Would Prohibit Adoption of ICD-10 CodesHealth Law Blog | June 2015

OIG Alert: State Health Insurance Marketplaces at Risk of Misusing Federal Funds Without Further Guidance from CMSHealth Law Blog | June 2015

Proposed Rules for Medicaid ACO Demonstration ProjectHealth Law Blog | June 24, 2013

Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank MergesHealth Law Blog | May 15, 2013

Medicare Payments Automatically ReducedHealth Law Blog | April 9, 2013

Legislation Requiring Reporting of Patients Likely to Engage in Harmful ConductHealth Law Blog | March 30, 2013

Presence of Anesthesiologists Required When Nurses Deliver Anesthesia in HospitalsHealth Law Blog | January 14, 2013

Proposed Rules for Licensed Genetic CounselorsHealth Law Blog | December 28, 2012

Proposed Medicaid Rules ReleasedHealth Law Blog | December 24, 2012

Proposed Health Insurance Market RulesHealth Law Blog | December 3, 2012

Gasoline Discount Rewards ProgramHealth Law Blog | November 14, 2012

OIG Approves Proposed Bundle Billing ArrangementHealth Law Blog | October 16, 2012

Hospital Readmission Payment ReductionHealth Law Blog | October 5, 2012

Patient Safety Act Limited in ScopeHealth Law Blog | September 18, 2012

Federal Court Upholds Sutter Settlement on AppealHealth Law Blog | August 30, 2012

CMS Urged to Rescind Certain Provisions of CoPsHealth Law Blog | July 9, 2012

Health Care Exchanges Tied to Health Care Reform LawHealth Law Blog | June 29, 2012

Proposed Rule on Increasing Payment for Primary CareHealth Law Blog | June 14, 2012

Lawsuit over Delayed Commencement of Medical Marijuana ProgramHealth Law Blog | May 29, 2012

Federal Court Holds NJ Law Bars Suit Against US in Malpractice ActionHealth Law Blog | February 24, 2012

Medicinal Marijuana Program Rules Take Effect; BME Clarifies Position on Prescribing MarijuanaHealth Law Blog | February 1, 2012