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Associate Counsel III Senior Director Health Care Legal Services

Job Category:  Administrative, HR, Business Professionals
Department:  Health Care Legal Services

Los Angeles, CA, US, 90017

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition ID:  11248

Salary Range:  $164,614.00 (Min.) - $222,230.00 (Mid.) - $279,845.00 (Max.)


Established in 1997, L.A. Care Health Plan is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents. We are the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. Serving more than 2 million members in five health plans, we make sure our members get the right care at the right place at the right time.

Mission: L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County's vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose.

Job Summary

The Associate Counsel III Senior Director Health Care Legal Services functions as second-in-command for the Legal Division and represents the Division at the Vice-Presidential level within the organization. Provides supervision for staff counsel, paralegals, support personnel. This position reports directly to the Associate General Counsel.


Participates as a senior attorney member of the Legal Department’s Health Care Legal Services Unit (HCLS) supporting L.A. Care in a matrix management organizational structure by providing needed legal advice and counsel on the most complex and sensitive matters regarding various laws applicable to health care service plans, with an emphasis on California law.


Provides substantive counseling on complex provider contracting and other legal matters.


Manages outside counsel in connection with organization’s healthcare activities.


Provides significant effort for HCLS’s support of the provider and payer efforts.


Provides non-supervisory guidance for other HCLS staff;


Interfaces directly with L.A. Care leadership and acting on behalf of the Associate General Counsel as needed.


Perform other duties as assigned. 

Duties Continued

Education Required

Juris Doctor Degree or Doctor of Law Degree (J.D.)

Education Preferred



Minimum of 6 years of experience as a practicing licensed attorney and has acted as senior counsel on legal projects and matters.


Experience in an HMO or as counsel to a health system, hospital, government unit, or a health care law firm practice.


Experience and knowledge of health care law.


Experience in supporting complex provider contracting activities including drafting and reviewing contracts, providing strategic advice regarding negotiations and operations on complex and sensitive matters.



Substantial experience in Medi-Cal or Medicaid and Knox-Keene Act.


Experience in Medicare, commercial lines of business and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Supervisorial experience.


Experience in and knowledge of public entity laws including the Brown Act, Political Reform Act and Public Records Act.



Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills to facilitate open and clear dialogue with payers, regulators, providers, internal clients, contractors, vendors and L.A. Care leadership.

Licenses/Certifications Required

State Bar - Active, current and unrestricted California License

Licenses/Certifications Preferred

Required Training

Physical Requirements


Additional Information

Salary Range Disclaimer: The expected pay range is based on many factors such as geography, experience, education, and the market.  The range is subject to change.


L.A. Care offers a wide range of benefits including

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement Plans
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Wellness Program
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO)


Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Medicaid, Medicare, Medical, Healthcare

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