John Devine

Of Counsel
Tel 215.864.8322
Fax 215.864.8999

John W. Devine focuses on transactional and regulatory issues in the health care industry. He is a member of the firm’s Business and Finance Department and its Health Care, Life Sciences and Technology, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity Groups.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, John was the Chief Legal Officer for PharmaCo Ventures, a pharmaceutical services company, and spent more than a decade in private practice. He has significant experience handling middle market mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector and is ideally positioned to guide health care clients through challenges and opportunities arising from the Affordable Care Act.

At PharmaCo Ventures, John helped develop and implement an ancillary pharmaceutical and laboratory services business and successfully promoted the company’s business model before state regulatory agencies and pharmacy benefit managers.

Outside the health care sector, John has represented clients both nationally and internationally in private equity transactions, venture capital investments, debt and equity financings, and commercial licensing transactions. That work has included foreign and domestic general corporate counseling, structuring and documenting limited liability companies, and advising life sciences companies on transactional as well as debt and equity financing matters.

Judicial Externship

Judicial extern, Hon. James R. Melinson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

Board member and legal counsel, Bringing Hope Home, Inc., 2008-2014

Candidate selection committee, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, 2011-2014


Co-author, "Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.," Ballard Spahr alert, January 23, 2016 

Co-author, "Plaintiffs Cannot Bring Data Breach Lawsuits Without Evidence That Information Will Be Used To Harm," Ballard Spahr alert, August 17, 2016 

Co-author, "FTC Finally Loses a Hospital Merger Challenge … Now What?" Ballard Spahr alert, May 11, 2016

Co-author, "New NIST Guide Advises Healthcare Companies on Securing Patient Health Information on Mobile Devices," Ballard Spahr alert, August 11, 2015

Co-author, "Morristown Memorial Hospital: A Tax Exemption Ruling All Nonprofit Hospitals Need to Know About," Ballard Spahr alert, July 21, 2015

Co-author, "FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability," Ballard Spahr alert, July 13, 2015

Co-author, "Pennsylvania Court Rejects Request to Create Common Law Duty to Protect Sensitive Personal and Financial Information," Ballard Spahr alert, June 4, 2015

Speaking Engagements

"FTC As De Facto Privacy Regulator: 10 Things You Need To Know," Ballard Spahr CLE, July 22, 2015

"Medical Identity Theft: Understanding and Protecting Against the Risk," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 8, 2015

"Defining (and Divining) Reasonableness in U.S. Privacy and Data Security," Ballard Spahr CLE, Baltimore, June 3, 2015

"Current Trends in Data Privacy Litigation and FTC Enforcement," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 23, 2015

"The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Healthcare Data," Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter: 7th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, April 21, 2015

"Hospitals and Health Systems – Update on Recent Regulatory Guidance," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 16, 2015

Villanova School of Law (J.D. 2003)

Brown University (B.A. 2000)