Catherine H. Gillespie

Of Counsel

Catherine H. Gillespie focuses on higher education law, health care, and corporate and tax law issues generally affecting nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Cathy's work with colleges and universities includes advice on the interpretation and implementation of FERPA, the Clery Act, HIPAA and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She regularly advises colleges and universities on a wide-range of matters, including student-related matters; grievance procedures; drafting faculty policies and procedures; writing and reviewing contracts; compliance with federal and state regulations; real estate tax and other charitable exemption issues; drafting amendments to bylaws and articles of incorporation; and governance issues. Cathy is also involved with bond financings as the college or university's counsel.

Due to her prior experience as a social worker in the health care field and her legal training, Cathy understands health care professions and organizations and regularly works with 501(c) health care entities to advise them on board governance and structure, state and federal regulatory compliance, licensure issues, contractual arrangements and day-to-day business operations.

Cathy has advised 501(c)(3) hospitals being acquired by for-profit entities. She regularly obtains 501(c) status for nonprofit clients and subsequently advises them on compliance efforts to maintain that status.

Cathy is a former assistant professor of Social Work at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia and a former assistant director of social service at the Eger Nursing Home in Staten Island, New York, a 336-bed facility.

She is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association in Health Care Compliance (CHC).

Cathy received a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1973, where she received the Emma Ward Ackerle Scholarship for graduate study in health sciences. Cathy has earned a master’s in Social Work from the West Virginia University School of Social Work in 1983, and a master’s of Public Health from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health in 1974. Both advanced degrees had an emphasis on gerontology. She attended law school at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law of Memphis State University (1985-86) where she received the Herbert Herff Scholarship. She received her J.D., cum laude, from The Dickinson School of Law in 1989.

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Selected Representations
  • Completed the transfer of all health care operations of a 501 (c)(3) unincorporated system of health care providers at five different sites to a related charitable corporation. This included the transfer of the licenses, certificates, Medicaid and Medicare provider numbers for personal care homes; skilled nursing facilities; pharmacies; clinical laboratories; hospice providers; a day care center; home care; and other related licenses and certificates
  • Negotiated the sale of a university owned and operated health care clinic to another 501(c)(3) organization
  • Counseled a hospital regarding its withdrawal from a health care system
Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” Montgomery McCracken and Nonprofit Issue‘s 29th Annual “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” November 2019
  • Presenter, “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” Montgomery McCracken and Nonprofit Issue‘s 29th Annual “This Year in Nonprofit Law, ” November 2018
  • Presenter, “Helping Colleges Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Holy Family University, March 2017
  • Presenter, “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” Montgomery McCracken and Nonprofit Issue‘s 22nd Annual “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” November 2012
  • Speaker, “The Application of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Higher Education,” Cabrini College, November 2012
  • Speaker, “Risk Management – Legal Issues in Long Term Car,” March 2012
  • Presenter, “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” Montgomery McCracken and Nonprofit Issue‘s 21st Annual “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” November 2011
  • Speaker, “Managing Risk in Study Abroad Programs,” The College and University Health Safety and Security Seminar, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Arcadia University, August 2011
  • Presenter, “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” Montgomery McCracken and Nonprofit Issue‘s 20th Annual “This Year in Nonprofit Law,” December 2010
  • Speaker, “Missing Student Procedures and Other Clery Act Changes Under HEOA and FERPA Final Regulations,” Montgomery McCracken’s Fall Forum for Colleges and Universities, October 2010
  • Presenter, “Legal Topics in Higher Education,” 16th Annual Education and Law Conference, University of Southern Maine, July 2009
  • Presenter, “Home Care Compliance in New Jersey,” May 2009
  • Presenter, The ‘Difficult’ Family Member and HIPAA: Its Effect on Long Term Care Providers,LifeSpan/PANPHA
  • Presenter, “Record retention, response to record requests, admission agreements, marketing goals versus legal issues and the Form 990 as a ‘marketing’ tool,” Leadership Healthcare National Conference, March 2007
  • Presenter, “The Legal Audit Checklist for Long Term Care Facilities,” Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA) Annual Meeting, 2006
Selected Publications
Professional Activities
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Board of Managers, Ralston Center
  • Board Member, Woodgate Homeowners Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Health Care Compliance Association

Law School

  • Dickinson School of Law

Graduate School

  • University of Michigan School of Public Health|West Virginia University School of Social Work

Undergraduate School

  • Hunter College of the City University of New York