Scott Kobler is a prominent health care lawyer at McCarter & English in Newark who has been in the industry for more than 30 years. He is also on the boards of NJTV and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and has been with the Newark Alliance since its founding.
NJBIZ: How did you get involved in health care law?
Scott Kobler: Originally, through the financial side. What you learn fairly early on is that financing is an integral component of the activities of health care institutions and other institutions. Health care naturally came out of the finance side because of the institutions of bonds and incurring debt. Health care is finance, charitable organizations, tax, pensions, labor; it’s what I’ll call pure health care, so it will be the regulatory side, the physician alignment side, the joint venture side, the Affordable Care Act side, drug purchasing, insurance coverage, captive insurance, property tax, construction, bankruptcy and chancery because of mergers and acquisitions. You have to know a lot about a lot of things. You are a bit of an air traffic controller for all of these areas. I’ve done so many deals that, within and outside of New Jersey, I feel like I’ve seen (a new deal) before.