Leading health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue, the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) is the nation's largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field with more than 12,500 members. Currently 38 staff members are responsible for the operational activities of the organization.
The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues.
AHLA provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHLA elects not to advocate for or against any particular policy proposals. The public interest efforts of AHLA are designed to provide pro bono materials to the public at large. Visit our Public Interest page for more information about our various initiatives and publications and to make a donation to our Public Interest efforts.
Our Commitment to Diversity
In principle and in practice, the American Health Lawyers Association values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the Association regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. The Association welcomes all members as it leads health law to excellence through education, information and dialogue.
- Practice Groups: To facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among the health law and life sciences communities.
- Education/Programs: To be a premier provider of continuing education opportunities for its members and for the health law community.
- Professional Resources: To provides our members and the health law community with publications and electronic products written and developed by our member experts that are essential resources for understanding the complexities of health law.
- Professional Advancement: Fostering the professional advancement and career development of the health law community.
- Public Interest: To serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues.
- AHLA Fellows: Honors accomplishments of the leading health law experts across the country.
AHLA's membership is diverse not only in background but in their practice areas and settings. More than 12,500 members strong, the membership of AHLA includes in-house counsel, solo practitioners, health professionals, government attorneys, academicians, and students. Learn more about the benefits of membership in AHLA by visiting the Membership area of our website. AHLA offers membership to individuals, students, academics, solo practitioners, government employees, as well as an alliance program for Student and State Health Law Organizations. Join today!
AHLA is governed by a Board of 28 members. The Board of Directors meets twice a year in person. The Board also meets several times a year by telephone conference. Board members serve on the following Committees: Nominating, Public Interest, Membership, Finance, Programs, Practice Groups, and Publications. AHLA also has a Past Presidents' Council. An Executive Committee composed of 10 members meets 4-6 times a year in person and by telephone conference.
On July 1, 1997, the National Health Lawyers Association (NHLA) and the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys (AAHA) combined into a single organization, creating the nation's largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health industry. Read more about our history.