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Ann Bittinger, JD, Attorney and Owner

The Bittinger Law Firm

13500 Sutton Park Drive South Suite 201
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
P:. (904) 821-9000
F: (904) 821-9400


Florida, Kansas, Missouri


Ann M. Bittinger is an AV-rated attorney who has represented businesses since 1998. Ann focuses her work in the health care sector, in mergers, compliance, company structure, joint ventures and physician employment matters. Her primary practice area is health law, and her expertise thrives in helping health care providers and businesses navigate the web of complex regulations governing the industry. Her local business leadership was highlighted in 2005 when the Jacksonville Business Journal named her one of Jacksonville’s top Up and Comers. She is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2008. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and in 2006 was named a top up and coming attorney by Florida Trend magazine. In May 2014, Ann was elected to the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors and will serve a three year term beginning in July.


Ann was evaluated by her peers as a “preeminent” attorney, and awarded the “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating identifies a lawyer with preeminent expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence. She lectures frequently on health law matters for local, state and national groups including the American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association. She was from 2010-2012 the Chair of the Physician Practice Group of the premier health law organization in the country, the American Health Lawyers Association. She also edited that Group’s national newsletter. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar, and edits the section’s newsletter. She re-established the health law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association in 2004 and chaired that section for two years. Her chapter, “The Boomerang Effect of Hospital/Physician Integration: Approaching Medical Practice Sales with an Eye on a Future Unwind” was published in the 2013 Health Law Handbook, published by Westlaw. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Missouri and Kansas.

Ann graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she earned the prestigious position of editor-in-chief of the law review. Upon graduation, she worked for law firms in Kansas City, Missouri, practicing transactional and regulatory law for business and health care clients. In 2001 she was hired by Nemours as its health law attorney in its Jacksonville headquarters. Identifying a need for health care attorneys in Northeast Florida, she started her firm in 2004. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, she most enjoys representing new businesses and businesses in growth phases.

Ann is a former newspaper reporter, holding a journalism and sociology degree from The American University. As a college student, she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and was published in the Washington Post.

Focus Areas

Affiliation Agreements, Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASCs)/Surgical Facility, Buy/Sell Agreements, Due Diligence, Employment, Shareholder and Partnership Agreements, Endoscopy Center, Health Systems/Hospital Transactions, Imaging Center, Joint Ventures, Licensure, Management companies, Mergers, Strategic Alliances, Urgent Care Centers/Freestanding Emergency Rooms

Sub Categories

Health System, Hospital – Acute Care, Hospital – Specialty, Hospital – Surgical, Rehabilitation Hospital