Joseph A. Bubba

Joseph A. Bubba

Chair - Healthcare Group

Healthcare • Corporate, Business & Banking • Mergers & Acquisitions • Alternative Dispute Resolution • Real Estate, Land Use & Development

Joseph A. Bubba is one of the Firm’s founding members and serves as Chair of the Healthcare Group. In his practice, Mr. Bubba concentrates on physician-hospital relationships, physician practices and medical staff matters. He represents hospitals, medical staffs, ambulatory surgical centers and other healthcare clients in both corporate and real estate matters. He acts as counsel for physicians and hospitals engaged in the fair hearing and internal review process. He has also served as a hearing officer throughout the region. Mr. Bubba is a commercial/healthcare arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Additionally, Mr. Bubba has an extensive corporate and business practice focused on significant land transactions, mergers & acquisitions and shareholder succession and disputes. He is a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other organizations.


  • Villanova University, B.S., 1978
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., cum laude, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • American Bar Association, Health Section

Honors & Affiliations

  • Martindale Hubbell Lawyers’ Rating “AV® Preeminent,” Highest Professional Ranking
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2005 – 2008, 2010 – 2019
  • Named a Select Lawyer in Business/Commercial Law, Contracts Law, and Health Care Law (2014 – 2017)
  • Notre Dame High School Ave Maria Award for Distinguished Graduate (2017)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation –  The Harris Weinstein Philanthropic Commitment Award (2015)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by American Lawyer Media
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare by American Lawyer Media

Projects & Accomplishments

  • Lead Counsel in ERISA class action litigation, see Fechter, et al v. HMW Industries, Inc, et al 879 F.2d 1111 (3rd Circuit 1989)
  • Establishment of significant zoning overlay districts for colleges and universities, amusement parks and other commercial industries
  • Participation in numerous hospital medical staff hearings throughout the Commonwealth
  • Establishment and continuing representation of regional healthcare facilities including ASCs, imaging centers, sleep laboratories, common and combined medical staffs and coordinated health systems

Community Activity

  • Fulton Bank, Regional Advisory Board (2020 – present)
  • Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Member, Board of Directors (2017 – 2020)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law/Health Law Certification Program, Member, Board of Directors
  • Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Member, Board of Directors (2008- present); Former Chair
  • The Leonard Pool Society, Member
  • Phoebe President’s Council, Member
  • Lehigh Valley Business, Judge
    • CFO of the Year award (2013)
    • Business of the Year (2015)