Matthew J. Lapointe

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Matthew J. Lapointe

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Phone: 603.627.8172
Fax: 603.641.2329
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Practice Focus

Matt joined our firm in 1991. He represents a variety of entrepreneurial and closely-held businesses. Matt serves as general outside counsel to a number of companies, counseling business owners on financing, succession planning, corporate governance and general business and commercial matters. Matt handles business start-ups, as well as business purchases and sales. He also has experience with franchises and distribution agreements.

Matt has a particular focus on the health care industry. In his health care practice, Matt represents both providers (physicians, dentists, allied health providers) and facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He also advises institutions and physicians on patient care risk management, CMS conditions of participation, fraud & abuse, the Stark anti-referral law, the HIPAA privacy and security rules and state data privacy laws. He has developed and documented physician-hospital joint ventures on ambulatory surgery centers and imaging centers, as well as represented clients in connection with organized health care arrangements. Matt has also drafted internal policies and procedures, employment agreements, service agreements, independent contractor agreements, and physician recruitment agreements.

Matt splits his time between his offices in Clearwater, Florida and Manchester, New Hampshire. His Florida office is located in the Tampa Bay area at 2451 McMullen Booth Road, Suite 221, Clearwater, FL 33759. The phone number at the Florida office is (727) 796-4102.

Sample Matters
  • Represented the owners of a daycare center in as asset sale to a privately-held company.
  • Represented the owners of a NH software company in an asset sale to a large, publicly traded company based in Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a NH physician group in a joint venture with a non-profit hospital, including analysis and planning concerning the federal Stark anti-referral law and the Medicare and Medicaid fraud & abuse laws.
  • Working with three other Sheehan Phinney attorneys, represented the majority owner of a computer software company in connection with the sale of his company in a deal worth a total of $15 million.


B.A., Williams College
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law


The New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper named Matt one of New Hampshire’s “40 Under Forty” in 2003. Matt also received a special citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service from the Greater Manchester Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2002. He was also named a “Best Lawyer in America” by Woodward/White in the area of Corporate Law.

Memberships and Admissions

Matt is admitted to practice in the states of New Hampshire and Florida. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association.

Community Involvement

Matt has a long history of community involvement. He is a past President of the Granite State Youth Mentors and served as a volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester for twelve years. Matt is a former Trustee of Trust Funds for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire. Matt is active as a Class Agent for the Williams College Alumni Fund and served as President of the Southern New Hampshire Chapter of the Williams Society of Alumni.

Practice Areas
Private Companies and Professional Practices
Health Care
Corporate Law and Governance
Business Formation and Succession Planning
Franchise and Distribution Law
Zoning, Planning and Land Use

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