Robert Kantrowitz is a corporate healthcare partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing on healthcare regulatory, privacy/security, enforcement, transactional and restructuring matters. He regularly represents healthcare and veterinary clients in structuring and negotiating M&A, data and technology sharing/licensing, management services and other contractual arrangements, corporate organization and restructuring, compliance matters and investigations, data breach/incident response and risk management legal issues. Robert assists clients with a broad range of healthcare and veterinary regulatory matters, including laws related to fraud and abuse, licensure, the corporate practice of medicine and telemedicine.

Robert holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Robert regularly counsels clients on privacy, data security, breach notification and interoperability laws and regulations, including HIPAA, Part 2, the ONC 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule, the FTC Health Breach Notification Rule, and state privacy and breach notification laws.

Robert is routinely called upon as special regulatory and healthcare privacy counsel in connection with major acquisitions of healthcare and veterinary service platforms undertaken by private equity and strategic acquirers. These transactions involve health information technology developers and service providers, revenue cycle management platforms and other digital health organizations, device and pharmaceutical/biotechnology manufacturers, laboratories, clinical research organizations and physician, dental, intermediate care, veterinary, medspa and other clinical platforms.

Additionally, Robert actively participates in pro bono activities serving as legal counsel to and an ex officio board member for not-for-profit organizations.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "AHLA's Speaking of Health Law Podcast: Tracking Technologies: Legal and Operational Perspectives," American Health Law Association, November 10, 2023

Speaker, "Exploring the Impact of the Pandemic on Information Security and Privacy in the United States," Global GRC, Data Privacy & Cyber Security Conference, June 28, 2023

Speaker, "AHLA’s Speaking of Health Law Podcast: Connecting the Dots Between Health Apps, HIPAA, and the FTC," American Health Law Association, July 18, 2022

Presenter, "Connecting the Dots Between Health Apps, HIPAA, and the FTC," Clearwater

Speaker, “Connecting the Dots Between Health Apps, HIPAA, and the FTC,” American Health Law Association’s Health Care Data: Navigating Legal and Operational Challenges Virtual Conference, April 13, 2022

Panelist, “Healthcare Law,” Cardozo Healthcare Law Society, April 15, 2021


Co-Author, “An Unacceptable Risk: Groundbreaking Executive Order Restricts Outbound Transfers of U.S. Personal Data and Government-Related Data to Countries of Concern,” Kirkland Alert, March 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

Co-Author, “Washington’s My Health My Data Act,” Kirkland Alert, May 2023

Co-Author, “Digital Health Cos. Should Expect More Scrutiny Amid Growth,” Law360, August 16, 2022

Co-Author, “Health IT Transaction Trends and Considerations,” American Health Law Association, April 15, 2021 

Co-Author, “New York - Data Protection Overview,” One Trust Data Guidance, March 2020

Co-Author, “FDA’s Latest Efforts to Strengthen Medical Device Cybersecurity,” Bloomberg Law, November 28, 2018


New York Metro Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2023

Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018New York


  • Fordham University School of LawJ.D.2017
  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.A., Environmental Studies & Political Science2012

    with Distinction in the College of Letters & Science