Ryan Blaney

Cozen O'Connor PC

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19th Street Northwest 1200
Washington 20036 DC US

Ryan P. Blaney represents health care and life sciences clients in a wide range of litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters, but has particular experience in the areas of privacy law compliance and health care fraud litigation.

In his regulatory and transactional practice, Ryan serves public and private health care companies, academic medical centers, health systems, hospitals and physician organizations, manufacturers, medical devices, information technology, and health plans. Major corporations rely on him to design institution-wide strategies for HIPAA compliance, draft privacy policies, lead implementation and workforce trainings, and manage breach responses.

In the area of data privacy and information security, he has advised clients of their legal notice and compliance responsibilities stemming from data breaches and has represented them before state attorneys general in connection with these incidents.

Ryan also serves as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Privacy Principles Working Group, and participated in the drafting of the U.S. Chamber’s recommended guidelines and proposed national privacy law.

He frequently counsels providers on reimbursement matters, marketing, and sales activities, and federal and state compliance mandates. In addition, Ryan guides venture capital groups, private equity funds, investment banks, and other investors on health care regulatory issues in connection with financing, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring.

Ryan has substantial experience in pharmaceutical lifecycle management and competition issues, including the Hatch-Waxman Act and Biosimilars Price Competition and Innovations Act. He is adept at navigating the FDA’s complex administrative processes and structure, including the FDA’s dispute resolution and Citizen Petition processes.

Moreover, Ryan has significant litigation experience representing pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation, responding to agency enforcement activities and conducting internal investigations regarding compliance with FDA legal and regulatory requirements.

Ryan also represents clients in health care antitrust investigations before the Federal Trade Commission, class action antitrust litigations, and fraud and abuse cases, including False Claims Act qui tam and whistleblower disputes.

He guides clients through the initial response to whistleblower claims, helping them avoid retaliation landmines and positioning them for a quick resolution. Ryan conducts sensitive internal investigations and responds to government-led inquiries or investigations.

Ryan’s work is greatly informed by his experience as a teacher. Prior to attending law school, Ryan earned a master’s degree in education and taught at an under-resourced Catholic middle school. He is known for his ability to communicate clearly and to coordinate large teams working on complex matters.

Ryan is co-editor of Cozen O’Connor’s Health Law Informer blog and authored the HIPAA and Medical Privacy chapter in a highly regarded PLI Treatise. Outside of his health law practice, Ryan has been repeatedly recognized for his public service and pro bono work.

He has successfully handled numerous education-related cases, helped establish three nonprofit organizations and defended qualified recipients of disability benefits. In 2007, he was awarded the New Jersey Bar Association and Legal Services of New Jersey Equal Justice Award for his work representing low-income clients of Legal Services.

Ryan earned his B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. He is active in the Notre Dame Alumni Association and the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C., as a member of the planning committee of the annual Red Mass.


  • Represented a New Jersey health system against a third-party payer involving down-codes, disallowances, breach of contract claims and out-of-network reimbursements.
  • Representing a leading university health system in Philadelphia in an arbitration against third-party payer involving managed care agreement breach of contract claims.
  • Represented a vaccine manufacturer in an antitrust class action brought by Berger & Montague on behalf of direct purchasers alleging that the manufacturer used anticompetitive product bundling agreements to artificially inflate prices for multiple pediatric vaccines.
  • Represented a Midwest university and academic medical center before the FTC in an acquisition by Catholic Health Initiatives. The transaction successfully closed on time.
  • Representing clients in the long-term care industry, including skilled nursing facilities and post-acute and long-term care facilities, on licensure and certification matters, corporate compliance, residential rights litigation, staffing hours investigations and quality of care disputes.
  • Represented a rural Texas hospital in a billing fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, including conducting onsite witness interviews of current and former employees and coordinating the review of medical records and the production of documents responsive to the DOJ’s requests.
  • Won a motion to dismiss FCA allegations that the publisher of a national pharmaceutical pricing book was engaged in a conspiracy to inflate Average Wholesale Prices (AWP). Whistleblower was a pharmaceutical auditor.
  • Represented a location services company with respect to compliance with United States and international privacy regulations.
  • Represented Universal Hospital Services, Inc. in its acquisition of Radiographic Equipment Services, Inc., a leader in medical imaging solutions.


  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2004
  • University of Notre Dame, M. Ed., 2001
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1999

BAR ADMISSIONS : New Jersey; District of Columbia; New York; Pennsylvania


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court — District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court — New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Co-Chair, D.C. Chapter, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


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