Here’s an anecdote that properly describes the influence of this McCarter & English attorney: “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been talking to a hospital CEO and they have said, ‘Let me check with Scott on that,’ ” one longtime player in the health care field said. Scott Kobler is a regular on this list. And in an era of merger mania, it’s for good reason. “He’s a big financing guy,” one sources said. “He’s good on legal advice, good on hospital bonds,” said another. But it’s his relationship with the power players that is the differentiator: “He seems to have the ear of many a hospital CEO,” one insider said.