• Pennsylvania


  • Harvard Law School, JD
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, cum laude
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Lawrence J. Beaser


Philadelphia, PA v. +1.215.569.5510 f. +1.215.832.5510

Lawrence (Larry) Beaser has extensive experience in the fields of health law, nonprofit, and for-profit business law and government law.

Health Law
Mr. Beaser counsels health clients, including academic medical centers, health systems, medical schools, local governments, physician associations, and other healthcare providers in all facets of health law, including experience with such issues as:

  • corporate governance and organization
  • conflicts of interest
  • Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation
  • contracting and procurement
  • drafting and negotiation of self insured arrangements, including ASO (administrative services only) contracts
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse
  • HIPAA compliance and other confidentiality issues
  • government relations and legislative drafting
  • health system corporate restructuring
  • medical staff issues
  • patient care issues
  • professional association matters

Business and Nonprofit Law
Mr. Beaser has extensive experience in the area of general business and nonprofit law, and has represented a wide variety of for-profit and nonprofit entities.  His experience includes:

  • drafting and negotiating procurement, employment, affiliation, ASO (administrative services only) and management agreements, memoranda of understanding and other types of contracts
  • establishment and governance of various forms of business entities and nonprofit corporations
  • In addition to the above, specific nonprofit experience includes:
    • nonprofit governance and management
    • nonprofit mergers, divisions, conversions and joint ventures
    • academic medical centers, hospitals and medical school issues, including accreditation appeals, contracting, and privacy
    • nonprofit lobbying and political activities
    • charitable fundraising
    • national, state, and local trade association governance, operations and contracting

Mr. Beaser was one of the drafters of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, Third Edition and currently serves as Chair of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. He is also a frequent speaker on the topic of “Nonprofits and the Political Process,” and has addressed this issue in a Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar as well as in other forums.

He is Chair of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation, a community foundation with approximately $300 million in assets.  He previously chaired its Program and Distribution (grants) Committee, served on its executive, finance, and audit committees, and chaired a committee to revise the Foundation's governance documents.  As a former Chancellor of the 13,000 member Philadelphia Bar Association, Mr. Beaser has experience as president of a large nonprofit association.

Government Law

Administrative Agency Law Experience
Mr. Beaser has extensive experience in representing clients before state and federal administrative agencies, including:

  • state agencies such as the Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare, Health, and Education; the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, state boards of medicine, osteopathic medicine, and optometry; and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Park Service

Government Relations and Legislative Drafting Experience
As a former general counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania, Mr. Beaser has been retained on numerous occasions to draft legislation and administrative regulations and coordinate legislative programs with clients, government affairs professionals and outside lobbyists, including:

  • serving as chair of the Drafting Committee of the Pennsylvania Civil Justice Coalition and drafting significant civil justice reform legislative proposal
  • drafting significant portions of various authority, bond, government contract, privacy, healthcare, tax and other statute
  • drafting principal portions of, among others, the Loan Interest and Protection Law (Act 1974-6), the Child Protective Services Law (Act 1975-124), and the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act (Act 1972-63)
  • drafting significant portions of Pennsylvania's former mass transportation statutes and funding formulas
  • drafting significant judicial reform proposals

Education Law Experience

  • representation of academic medical centers, medical colleges, private colleges and nonprofit universities in such matters as accreditation appeals
  • representation of private colleges and other entities before the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding accreditation, audits and matters under investigation
  • served as the primary drafter of national accreditation standards that were adopted to regulate accreditation for certain institutions of higher learning
  • experience drafting certification standards for a national nonprofit certification organization
  • for a large school district, drafted a number of pieces of legislation that have become law, and represented the district regarding administrative and compliance matters
  • representation of charter schools

Pennsylvania Liquor Law Experience

  • representation of numerous clients, including hotel chains, restaurants, universities and other holders of Pennsylvania retail liquor licenses in all aspects of licensure by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • lead attorney for the Host Committee for the Republican National Convention held in Philadelphia in 2000, including responsibility for licensing all venues at which alcoholic beverages were served in connection with the convention

Historic Preservation Law Experience

  • representation of clients before the National Park Service, the Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation and other state historic preservation offices with respect to various historic preservation issues, including obtaining historic tax credits and listings of buildings in the National Register of Historic Places
  • served three times as course planner of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute course titled "Federal Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation"

Government Service
Mr. Beaser served as general counsel to the Governor and as a cabinet officer in the administration of then Pennsylvania Governor, Milton J. Shapp.  In that position, he provided legal advice to the governor and other Executive Branch officials, including:

  • reviewed all legislation passed by the General Assembly and advised the governor in the exercise of his constitutional duties
  • participated in the drafting of numerous statutes and legislative amendments
  • reviewed, approved, and frequently drafted documents for the governor's signature, including contracts, bonds, and administrative regulations
  • functioned as liaison between the governor and officials of Commonwealth departments, boards, and commissions
  • functioned as liaison between the governor and the Judicial Branch of the Pennsylvania government
  • approved, and frequently drafted, all Executive Orders, Management Directives, and Administrative Circulars issued by the governor
  • negotiated agreements and mediated legal disputes among Commonwealth agencies, between the Commonwealth and Federal Government, and between the Commonwealth and other states
  • represented the governor and at times other Executive Branch officials in selected trial and appellate court litigation matters of particular concern to the governor; and reviewed and coordinated other litigation matters wherein gubernatorial powers, prerogatives, or policy decisions had been challenged
  • served as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • reviewed applications for the extradition of persons accused of crimes
  • reviewed recommendations from the Board of Pardons for the granting of pardons and commutation of sentences

In addition to serving as the Governor's general counsel, Mr. Beaser served under Harold E. Kohn, Esquire as Deputy Counsel to the Governor and the Honorable Israel Packel as Associate Counsel to the Governor.

Mr. Beaser also served as a Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General for litigation and administrative law matters.

Mr. Beaser began his government service as Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Sydney Hoffman, Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Bar Association Service

American Bar Association

  • Mr. Beaser served on the Association’s House of Delegates
  • He is an active member of the Business Law Section, including:
    • Currently serving as Chair of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Subcommittee and was one of the drafters of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, Third Edition
    • Active member of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee and its Nonprofit Governance Subcommittee
    • Served for four years as Chair of the Section’s Health Law Committee
    • Served for four years as Liaison to the Health Law Section from the Business Law Section
    • Served for four years as Co-Chair of the Committee on State and Local Bar Involvement
  • Former member of the Working Group on Health Care Reform
  • Mr. Beaser is also a member of the Health Law Section and the Administrative Law Section
  • He is a Life Member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Mr. Beaser served on the Association's House of Delegates
  • He currently is a member of a number of sections and committees

Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Mr. Beaser served as Chancellor of the 13,000 attorney Philadelphia Bar Association
  • He serves as Counsel to the Board of Governors
  • In addition, he has held numerous positions, both elective and appointive, in the Association, including chairing the Association’s Legislative Liaison Committee for 11 years and chairing the Association's Task Force on Pennsylvania's Lobbying Disclosure Act

American Health Lawyers Association

  • Mr. Beaser is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association

Mr. Beaser was honored with the Philadelphia Bar Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award; the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association's 2009 Service Award; and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society's Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award.

Mr. Beaser is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law  and Who's Who in America. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1995 for Health Care Law in Philadelphia, and received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Beaser received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, with honors in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. degree from the Harvard Law School.

At Blank Rome, Mr. Beaser served as chair of Blank Rome's health law group, as a member of Blank Rome's Partner Board, and as chair of the Firm's Technology Committee. He currently serves as a member of its Pro Bono Committee.


  • Chair, Board of Managers of the Philadelphia Foundation, a community foundation with approximately $300 million in assets.  He previously chaired its Program and Distribution (grants) Committee, served on its executive, finance and audit committees, and chaired a committee to revise the Foundation's governance documents
  • Board of Directors, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
  • Former member, Children's Seashore House Ethics Committee
  • Former chair, Mayor Michael Nutter's Department of Behavioral Health/Mental Retardation Services Transition Team
  • Counsel, Louis A. Brandeis Law Society
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Liberty Medal
  • Advisory Board Member, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
  • Trustee, Beth Am Israel Congregation; former Member, Board of Directors; former Chair, Professional Personnel Committee