Neil F. Castaldo
Based on his 50-year membership in the Bar, most of which was spent representing hospitals and large physician group practices, Neil shares his experience and thoughts on strategy with other lawyers in the firm. He served on the Management Committee of three law firms each of which had a regional practice. This business experience has enriched Neil’s advice to colleagues and clients in terms of finding practical solutions to their problems.
Chief Legal Counsel and Advisor to the President, Dartmouth –Hitchcock Medical Center
While representing more than 15 of NH’s 24 hospitals, Neil advised on mergers, affiliations, compliance matters, professional staff relations, Certificate of Need projects, governance issues, regulatory issues and advice to the Senior Executives and Board Officers. Notable cases include:
- Obtaining the largest Certificate of Need awarded in NH history
- Buying and then selling Matthew Thornton Health Plan
- Leading the professional services lease affiliations between physicians and hospitals in four NH communities
- Shaping the bylaws and setting strategic direction of a physician group practice with more than 1,000 doctors
- Buying, selling and foreclosing three NH paper mills
- Assisting owners who conveyed conservation easements covering nearly 30,000 acres in NH
- Leading the successful defense of a federal compliance investigation initiated by a whistleblower against a NH health care system
- Representing a client in the buying and selling of several NH and VT newspapers
- Leading the reorganization efforts of hospitals, physician practices, home health agencies, special needs hospitals and community charities, and all incidental matters related to the foregoing
Neil volunteers at the Ledyard Charter School which is an alternative education high school in Lebanon, NH and with the Crossroads Project, providing counseling and teaching services to inmates of the Grafton County (NH) Prison. He also has a shoe shining service during the Spring and Fall, the proceeds of which benefit a local charity.
“As a lawyer, I believe the most valuable service I can render to a client is to simplify extremely complicated problems, present a variety of strategic solutions which can be implemented quickly and effectively, and then assist the client in the decision making process. Sifting out what’s important from what isn’t is a joy for me and a benefit to my clients.”
Professional and Community Involvement
- Chairman of the Board, Central New Hampshire Community Health Center
- Chairman of the Board, New England College
- Chairman of the Board, New Hampshire Humanities Council
Chairman of the Board, The Friends Program
Honors & Distinctions
- Cited in Best Lawyers in America for health care law and corporate law
- AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- “The Urge to Merge” published in the ‘90s in the NH Bar Journal.