Delphine O’Rourke is a partner in the firm’s Life Sciences group and Healthcare practice, and is a member of Goodwin’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. She is trusted counsel to health industry leaders. Ms. O’Rourke counsels health companies, hospitals & healthcare systems, and investors on the regulatory frameworks that drive their business. Clients rely on her deep knowledge of healthcare law and policy as well as her experience as a health care executive and in-house general counsel. She served as Associate General Counsel of Ascension and in her decades plus with Ascension, she served in legal roles of increasing responsibility for the $29 billion health enterprise.

Ms. O’Rourke’s healthcare regulatory practice focuses on:

  • Compliance with federal laws & regulations governing access, delivery and payment for medical care in the United States including EMTALA, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, patient care issues, medical staff matters, licensure, accreditation and tax exemption
  • Strategic affiliations & investments including complex provider and multi-system transactions, due diligence on behalf of private equity clients and critical supply chain relationships
  • Emergency management, public health & crisis communications including currently advising a wide range of companies and providers on the legal issues relating to COVID-19

Ms. O’Rourke is a regular speaker on cutting edge healthcare regulatory developments and contributor to leading legal and industry publications and podcasts including Modern Healthcare, Law360 and the American Health Law Association. She is nationally recognized for her commitment to the advancement of women and inclusionary leadership.

Ms. O’Rourke also maintains an active pro bono practice.





Ms. O’Rourke’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising Collective Medical Technologies, a real-time care collaboration network used by payors and healthcare organizations to improve patient outcomes, in connection with its sale to PointClickCare Corp. for approximately $600 million. 
  • Advising the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of NantKwest in connection with the company’s agreement to merge with ImmunityBio in a stock-for-stock transaction.
  • Advising Achilles Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing personalized cancer immunotherapies, on the completion of its £52.7 million Series C.
  • Advising a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing new immunometabolic therapies for cancer in a Series B Preferred Stock financing.
  • Advising a growth equity investment group in connection with the purchase of Series B Preferred Stock of a pre-clinical life sciences company studying the proteins that drive cancer and other diseases.
Professional Activities

Ms. O’Rourke is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee, as well as the New York State Bar Association.

She is also an active member of her community serving as Board Member of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association, Board Member and Chair of the Women in Leadership Committee of The Forum of Executive Women, Board Member of the Forum Foundation, The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc., and Board Member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – Philadelphia.

In Fall 2020, she will also begin serving as an adjunct professor teaching health law at both Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Columbia Law School.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. O’Rourke was a partner at Duane Morris in New York and Philadelphia.

Prior to her time at Duane Morris, Ms. O’Rourke spent over a decade of dedication in legal and executive roles with Ascension, the second largest healthcare system and largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the largest Catholic health system in the world.

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J.D., 2001
Columbia University
(Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
B.S., 1996
Georgetown University
(cum laude)


2002 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Legrome D. Davis



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