Meet Dennis Hursh

Hursh & Hursh, P.C. is exclusively devoted to serving the legal needs physicians encounter in the practice of medicine. Led by Dennis Hursh, a veteran physicians’ lawyer with over 34 years of health-law experience, we offer individually tailored legal services for physicians and medical practices. We are based in Middletown (near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania).
Dennis Hursh concentrates his practice on representing physicians. His extensive experience in physician contracting led him to write a book on physician employment agreements, “The Final Hurdle – a Physician’s Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement”. Dennis represents individual physicians in reviewing and negotiating their physician employment agreements, and also represents physician practices. He understands the tremendous time, financial, regulatory and litigious pressures physicians face, and strives to reduce these pressures for his clients, so they can do what they do best – practice medicine.

“The practice of law has been consuming me for as long as I can remember. I went into law, because I really wanted to help people. I began to focus on representation of physicians after countless nights by the bedside of Rachel, my oldest daughter, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I got to know a lot of the Attendings and Fellows at CHOP, on a personal basis. I was representing physicians and other healthcare entities before Rachel was born, but her birth was a watershed for me. In 1989, I decided I would concentrate my practice on representing physicians. I know that I can never truly repay them for saving my daughter’s life, but I like to think that my work helps the medical profession in some small way.”

-Dennis G. Hursh

Education and Experience


Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, 1985 M.L.T., Master of Laws in Taxation The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1982 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1977, B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Physician Leadership Seminar on Clinical Integration, Pennsylvania Medical Society, 1998 – 2001 Business Law, Wilson College, 1988-1989
  • Physician Practice Sales, American Health Lawyers Association, Physician and Hospital Law Institute, New Orleans, 2018

Past Employment Positions

  • Gettysburg Insurance Services, Inc., CEO, 1992
  • Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., Senior Attorney, 1990-1992
  • Bailey, Hardy & Hursh, P.C., Principal, 1989-1990
  • Hursh Associates, Partner, 1988-1989
  • Coopers & Lybrand, Tax Manager, 1985-1988
  • Hedger & Hedger, Associate, 1982-1985
  • United States Marine Corps, Infantry Officer, 1977-1979

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co-chair, Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Council of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 2010-2013
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 2011-2016, 2017-present
  • Member, PBA Ad Hoc Committee to Develop Pro Bono Projects for Health Lawyers, 2003-16
  • Secretary, Darul Uloom Sidiqua, 2000-present
  • Assist. Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 113, Middletown, PA, 2009 – 2012
  • Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 113, Middletown PA, 2008 – 2009
  • Co-Chair, Family Advisory Council, Penn State Children’s Hospital, 2006-2008
  • Member, Family Advisory Council of the Penn State Children’s Hospital, 2005-2008
  • Chair, Local Right to Education Task Force, 1997-1998/li>
  • Treasurer, Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, PA, 1987-1989


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Talks Given




9/10/2015 Physician Employment Agreements Harrisburg, PA Pinnacle Health
5/8/2015 Physician Contract Evaluation and Negotiation Lancaster, PA PA Academy of Family Physicians
10/14/2011 Physician Employment Agreements Hershey, PA Pennsylvania Medical Society
10/14/2011 Financial Planning Basics for Young Physicians Hershey, PA Pennsylvania Medical Society
9/24/2009 Physician Employment Agreements Hershey, PA Hershey Medical Center
9/24/2008 Physician Employment Contracts Webinar Pennsylvania Medical Society
3/21/2007 Physician Employment Contracts Harrisburg, PA Pinnacle Health
2/26/2007 HIPAA Pottsville, PA
Northeast Regional HealthCare Coalition
10/21/2006 Silent PPOs Baltimore, MD American Podiatry Association
10/15/2004 Physician Employment Contracts Hershey, PA PA Medical Society
1/8/2004 Cardiology Contracting Parameters Danville, PA Geisinger Medical Center
2/27/2003 Physician Employment Contracts Hershey, PA Hershey Medical Center
8/14/2002 Physician Employment Agreements Philadelphia, PA U of Penn Health System
10/10/2001 Physician Employment Contracts York, PA York Hospital
9/5/2001 HIPAA York, PA Central PA Association for Healthcare Quality
5/5/2001 Managed Care Highlights York, PA YCPO, P.C.
Physician Employment Agreements
Philadelphia, PA PA Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

The Final Hurdle: A Physicians Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement