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Warren L. Gooch

  • Partner
Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of Professional Excellence | 2019

Warren Gooch is recognized as one of the leading health care attorneys in Tennessee.  He established the firm’s health law practice in 1987.  He represents hospital systems and other health care providers in Middle and East Tennessee.  He has extensive experience in the areas of:

  • Certificate of Need
  • Licensing Issues
  • Administrative Appeals and Litigation
  • Operational and Regulatory Matters for Health Care Providers
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Governmental Relations
  • Stark and Anti-Kickback Issues 
Best Lawyers in America has selected Mr. Gooch for inclusion to its lists of administrative/regulatory law, governmental relations, and health care law every year since 2007, and named him Lawyer of the Year in 2012 for Health Care Law.  CityView has also named him Top Attorney in the categories of administrative law and health care law every year since 2011.

Mr. Gooch was elected Mayor of the City of Oak Ridge in 2014.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1978


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: With High Honors

Honors And Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2018
  • City View Top Attorney 2011 - 2018 for Healthcare and Administrative
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law for 2012
  • Recipient of Tennessee Hospital Association Meritorious Service Award, 1993
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Anderson County Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tennessee Commission on Continuing, Charter Member
  • Legal Education and Specialization, 1987 to 1994

Past Employment Positions

  • Mr. Gooch has practiced law with Kramer Rayson, LLP for 39 years and served as its Managing Partner from 2007 to 2009.

Civic / Community Involvement

  • Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge
  • First Baptist Church of Clinton
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Prior Member, Board of Directors, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Charter Member, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education
  • Prior Member of the Board of Trustees, Baptist Health System of East Tennessee