Michael J. Sarrao, Esq.

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Michael J. Sarrao, Esq.

Of Counsel
McNeil Tropp & Braun LLP

Michael J. Sarrao and the Law Office of Michael J. Sarrao at Irvine, California, is Of Counsel with McNeil Tropp & Braun LLP. Mr. Sarrao has over 16 years of experience handling complex business litigation in state courts in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties and federal courts throughout California. He has represented Prime Healthcare Services, one of the largest health systems in the nation, its subsidiaries and affiliates, as general counsel; serving as chief legal officer in the acquisition and financing of multiple hospitals with total consideration in excess of $750 million. His representation extended to handling disputes involving health plans, independent practice groups, insurance companies, regulatory agencies and billing reimbursement.

Mr. Sarrao focuses on the representation of healthcare systems, hospitals and medical groups in myriad healthcare matters including anti-fraud and compliance matters, heath information privacy matters, managed care disputes, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters, mergers and acquisitions licensure and accreditation matters, physician relations/medical staff issues, contracting, labor and employment matters, and risk management services for medical malpractice matters.

Representative Experience

Hospital Operations

  • Directed legal operations for multiple hospitals in multiple states.

Licensing & Regulatory

  • Lead counsel in licensing and regulatory matters on state and federal level for 16 acute care hospitals in California.
  • Negotiated and drafted hundreds of directorship and coverage agreements with physicians to ensure compliance with Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Lead counsel in acquisition or disposition of 24 acute care hospitals with total consideration in excess of $800 Million.


  • More than $600 Million in sale/leaseback financing
  • More than $175 Million in working capital financing


  • Numerous trials, arbitrations, and settlements with health plans and other payors with recoveries in excess of $50 Million

Mr. Sarrao received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1996 and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 1991 in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences. While in law school, he served as Research Editor of the San Diego Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

Mr. Sarrao is licensed to practice law in California; he is a member of the State Bar of California and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Sarrao is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.

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