Barry K. Cockrell


Baker Donelson
One Eastover Center
100 Vision Drive, Suite 400
Jackson, MS 39211

Tel: 601.351.2426


Mr. Cockrell has practiced in the area of health law for more than 35 years, and concentrates his practice in federal and state health care, public policy, regulatory and reimbursement issues. He also represents health care providers in federal and state administrative proceedings and contested hearings.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Cockrell has obtained regulatory approvals for more than $1 billion in health care projects throughout the State of Mississippi. He has participated in more than 100 administrative hearings and appeals involving certificates of need, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, survey/certification, facility licensure, and other areas

Mr. Cockrell routinely represents hospitals, nursing facilities and other health care providers before a variety of federal and state agencies. He also has advised and assisted hospital and long term care clients on federal and state licensure and certification issues, including preparation of plans of correction, responses to immediate jeopardy citations and statements of deficiencies, administrative hearings and appeals, and advice on compliance with accreditation standards.

On the transaction side of his practice, Mr. Cockrell advises hospitals and health systems on the structure and regulatory aspects of joint ventures, mergers, leases, and other arrangements. He also handles federal and state regulatory filings required for such transactions.

Mr. Cockrell is Editor and Co-Author of the Health Law Chapter of the Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, and has served on the Adjunct Faculty of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1995; Health Care Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2011, 2015 and 2019 Jackson-MS Health Care “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Named as a Leading Health Care Attorney by Legal Media Group
  • Member – The Mississippi Bar
  • Past Chair and Executive Committee Member, Health Law Section
  • Instructor – University of Mississippi Medical Center and School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Faculty – Else School of Management at Millsaps College
  • Former Chairman – Governor’s Committee on Health Care Financing and System Reform
  • Member – American Health Law Association
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006

With more than 200 attorneys in 11 states and the District of Columbia serving the health care industry, Baker Donelson has one of the leading health care practices in the United States. Given the vast scope and complexity of the nation’s largest industry, our size, scale and collective experience give our clients a competitive advantage. Those clients are hiring a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team, a team that not only has experience in and detailed knowledge of health law, but also understands the complicated ways in which the industry operates.

The Baker Donelson Health Law Department is unique, not only in depth, but also design: it is structured according to our clients. Dedicated client teams focus on hospitals and health systems, long term care providers, ambulatory surgery centers, complex medical groups, end-stage renal disease, rehabilitation and the wide array of health enterprises that make up our health care ecosystem. By design, we are committed to developing a broad, detailed and intimate knowledge of the health care industry, and of the segments in which our clients work. We know the clients’ business because we are committed to living in their world.

Addressing the challenges of today’s health care environment is no small task, but Baker Donelson’s Health Law Department is uniquely prepared to take it on. Proficient in health law, knowledgeable about health law business, well-versed in regulatory issues and cognizant of the critical health policy being shaped, the goal of the Health Law Team is to become your trusted advisor and valued counselor.

For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.

Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 80th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments.

“Barry Cockrell concentrates his practice in federal and state health care, public policy, regulatory and reimbursement issues.”
Chambers USA