When hospital and physician leadership need advice on a broad array of medical staff, credentialing, peer review, and quality improvement issues, they turn to attorney Steve Kleinman.

His daily work includes advising hospitals and medical staff leaders regarding best practices with respect to medical staff appointment and clinical privileging matters, conduct and impairment concerns, issues involving summary suspension and formal corrective action, hearings and appeals, and attendant processes and procedures. He routinely works with medical staff leaders to revise and update medical staff bylaws, policies, and rules and regulations.

As an attorney with more than 25 years of medical staff experience, Steve brings a real-world practical approach to support his counsel in medical staff matters. Hospice, long-term care providers, and developmental disability service providers rely on Steve’s advice regarding regulatory and day-to-day operational issues.

Proud of being rooted in his community, Steve sits on the Board of Directors of the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

Focus Areas


  • Reviewed the medical staff bylaws and governing documents of a hospital system with 11 hospital campuses to standardize the processes and bylaws language for credentialing, privileging, peer review, and corrective action across the system, promoting clinical integration and consistent standards of care throughout the hospital system.
  • Redrafted a large hospital system’s medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and organization manual, which contained the committee structure, sharing of information, and peer review processes. The system’s medical staff documents and processes are now standardized, allowing for increased sharing of quality and performance data within the system and improved patient care.
  • Unified a health system’s three medical staffs to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Conditions of Participation to create increased efficiencies within the system’s hospitals. Steve restructured the unified medical staff’s peer review process and rules and regulations.
  • Assisted with transitioning all assets of a not-for-profit developmental disability service provider to another not-for-profit developmental disability service provider, forming one of the largest developmental disabilities service providers in Ohio in terms of revenue and consumers served.
  • Worked closely with in-house counsel and medical staff leadership of individual hospitals and multi-hospital systems to conduct reviews of medical staff governing bylaws, policies, and procedures for compliance with Medicare conditions of participation and applicable law and private accreditation standards (i.e., TJC, HFAP, DNV/NIAHO), making recommendations for standardization and industry best practices. Additionally, Steve and his team assisted with the implementation of new policies and evaluated peer review policies for effective processes, making recommendations for updates and revisions.
  • Worked with an operator of long-term acute care hospitals to resolve a dispute with an insurance carrier regarding Medicare and Medicaid plan payments. Steve’s team identified the source of payment discrepancies, corrected prior incorrect billings and put appropriate measures in place to prevent future occurrences.
  • Represented a hospital system in multiple arbitration proceedings in a dispute with national payor relative to the implementation of sequestration cuts imposed following passage of the budget deficit reduction act.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law (2013 to 2024), Litigation–Health Care (2013 to 2022); Columbus Lawyer of the Year (2021)
  • Chambers USA : The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Leader in Health Care - Ohio (2017 to 2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Health Care (2010 to 2024); Top 50 Columbus (2015, 2016, 2019); Top 100 Ohio (2016)



  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Cornell University (B.S., 1991)

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Health Law Association, Medical Staff Peer Review and Credentialing Practice Group
  • Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Board of Directors, Executive Committee member
  • West Virginia Bar Association



Past Events



Jump to Page

Privacy Preference Center

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.