Kenneth Bartholomew

New Hampshire

Rath Young Pignatelli. P.C.
One Capital Plaza
Concord, NH 03302-1500
United States

Tel: 603-410-4321


Ken Bartholomew is Chair of the Healthcare Law Practice group of Rath Young and Pignatelli, a shareholder of the firm and a member of the Litigation Practice Group.  Ken advises healthcare clients of all types on regulatory, licensing, transactional, governance, insurance and employment issues.  He has successfully guided clients through affiliation and mergers and defended health care providers in litigation.

Ken and the experienced litigation team at Rath, Young and Pignatelli appear on behalf of clients in the health care industry in both state and federal courts. Ken also represents clients before several state regulatory agencies and boards and provides them with licensing, transactional and regulatory advice.

Ken focuses his litigation practice on Medical Malpractice Defense and Complex Commercial Litigation. He uses his investigation, evaluation, negotiation and trial skills to resolve his cases successfully and efficiently.  He also coordinates closely with RYP Granite Strategies, the firm’s government relations group, to reach legislative and agency solutions and successes.

Ken has been with the Firm since 1997, after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Barbadoro, former chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Before that, he served as a clinical prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia in trial and appellate levels. Ken graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Ken worked as an international consultant, working as a business strategist in various industries.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Brown University, B.A., 1991
Bar & Court Admissions:
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • 1st Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, NH
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, NH
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont

The health care industry is subject to continuing and profound change as a result of persistent economic pressures.  Due to dramatically higher health care and liability costs, market participants are constantly exploring many different ways of doing business.  Novel business transactions, provider affiliations and attempts to transfer risk between participants in the system are ever-increasing.

At the same time, we appreciate that many of the legal and regulatory responses aimed at reforming the health care system have further increased the complexity of an already complicated set of rules and regulations, without necessarily providing relief from the underlying economic pressures. We understand the impact these changes have on our clients.  Our goal is to provide practical and forward-thinking guidance to help our clients successfully navigate through this shifting landscape.

Our unique blend of professionals allows us to serve a wide range of clients throughout the Northeast and in New Hampshire, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Group and Multi-Specialty Practices
  • Individual Physicians
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Health Insurance Companies/Health Management Organizations
  • Non-Profit & Federally Qualified Health Clinics
  • Medical Foundations
  • Other Medical Providers including Nurses, Physical Therapists, Psychologists and more
  • Employers

Our health care team provides specialized services to a wide-range of health care clients.  In addition, our health care group is supported by our litigation, corporate, insurance, employment and tax group attorneys in order to ensure that the many needs of our clients are recognized and met.

Many of our attorneys have experience in the public and private health care sectors, as members of Boards of health care non-profits and as commentators and participants on important health care policy issues.  This practical experience in combination with our technical expertise enables us to understand and anticipate the impact of economic and legal changes in the industry and to help clients cost-effectively manage these issues.

Rath, Young and Pignatelli merges traditional legal practice areas with legislative and public policy expertise. We have earned a reputation for achieving client success through skillful and creative advocacy in private party negotiations, before courts, regulatory agencies and legislatures.

Our professionals are leaders in key sectors of our economy where business and government intersect including business and finance, energy, tax, health care, environmental and insurance.

We advise clients on complex renewable energy projects, federal and state tax controversies, regulatory and transactional matters in the health care, corporate, insurance, banking, real estate, and environmental context. We advocate for our clients in state and federal courts in controversies including commercial business disputes, medical malpractice, insurance, and litigation