Norton Rose Fulbright

Debbi M Johnstone

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Practice Areas

Health Law – Transactions, Regulatory and Compliance


Debbi Johnstone joined the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright in 2008. As an accomplished lawyer, and partner, with over 35 years of experience, Debbi's practice focuses exclusively on the health care industry, with an emphasis on representing healthcare providers, including hospital systems and their affiliated entities. She has worked on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, corporate compliance, hospital-physician contracting, and physician recruitment and employment. Debbi has a special practice focus on compliance and reimbursement matters. She has significant experience advising clients on federal and state government program anti-kickback, physician self-referral (Stark Law), false claims, civil monetary penalty and related sanctions issues, as well as all aspects of coverage and payment under Medicare and Medicaid. Debbi is Board certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Professional Memberships

American Health Lawyers Association; ABA, Health Law Section; State Bar of Texas, Health Law Section


Various speeches and articles on health law issues.


Northwestern University, BA, 1977; Indiana University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1980.