Micah J. Desaire is a corporate healthcare associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He regularly represents private equity funds, private and public companies and health systems in complex transactional, healthcare regulatory and data security and privacy matters.

Micah is frequently called upon to advise clients in complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, de-SPAC transactions, capital markets offerings, joint ventures, reorganizations, restructurings and other strategic transactions. Micah has experience counseling clients in a variety of sectors, including a wide range of healthcare platforms providing physician, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, aesthetic, radiology and telemedicine services, health information technology, revenue cycle management, licensed home care services, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, diagnostic imaging and long-term acute care.

Micah has diverse experience advising clients on healthcare regulatory matters, including the corporate practice of medicine and professionals, licensure, enrollment, reimbursement and state and federal fraud and abuse laws. He also routinely counsels clients on data security and privacy issues, including data breaches, security incident response, HIPAA compliance and other state and federal laws and regulatory guidelines related to data security and privacy.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Practical Prescriptions for Incident Response and Preparedness in Health Care,” New York Law Journal, May 2024

Co-author, “President Biden Signs Executive Order Introducing New Regulatory Framework for AI-Enabled Technology in Healthcare,” Kirkland Alert, December 2023

Co-author, “It's Time To Prescribe Frameworks For AI-Driven Health Care,” Law360, October 2023

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “AI Governance in Health Care,” International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) OWS24, May 21, 2024

Speaker, “Pixelating Pixel Tracking: The Regulatory Risks of Tracking Technology in Healthcare and Pathways for Compliance,” Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), 28th Annual Compliance Institute, April 15, 2024


New York Metro Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2023

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, TIPS, Animal Law Committee

American Health Lawyers Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.2019
    AnBryce Scholar
  • University of DenverB.A., Political Sciencecum laude2014
    Phi Beta Kappa