Isabelle Bibet-Kalinyak
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Isabelle is an associate in our Healthcare Practice Group.  She has experience in multiple facets of healthcare law, such as assisting healthcare providers in navigating the complexities of regulations, analyzing physician/hospital integration models for compliance with the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPAA issues, Medicare/Medicaid compliance issues, medical staff issues, mid-level provider regulations and telemedicine. In addition, she negotiates and drafts a variety of documents including hospital medical staff bylaws, employment agreements, personal service agreements, medical directorship agreements, release agreements, lease agreements, operating agreements, code of regulations, and policies. 

Isabelle came to McDonald Hopkins after three years at Brouse McDowell.  Earlier, she worked as a legal intern at a large multi-county health system and a local hospital. 

In the area of immigration law, Isabelle has expertise in employment-based immigration for medical professionals, scientists, engineers, business executives, and researchers in the areas of healthcare, biotech, education, retail, and manufacturing. She represents hospitals, universities, small and large manufacturers, large retailers, and individuals in a variety of immigration matters, such as H-1B and H-4 visas, L-1A, L-1B, and L-2 visas, O-1 visas, J-1 visa waivers, green card petitions, U.S. citizenship applications, etc.  A first generation immigrant herself, she strives to address her foreign national clients’ concerns proactively and coaches them through the entire immigration process. 

Isabelle is passionate about business and the law.  Fluent in French, her native language, Isabelle has more than 20 years of international business experience in the healthcare, aerospace and plastics industries. She served as a senior sales representative in cardiology and neurology for a global pharmaceutical company where she conducted sales, strategic business planning and training.  She also served as General Manager of the public transportation division and international account executive for a global manufacturer of custom, specialty laminates and coated films for train and aircraft interiors in Paris, France. 

She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Akron School of Law in 2012, an MBA. from Kent State University in 1998, and a B.B.A. in finance, summa cum laude, from Temple University in 1991.


Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • University of Akron School of Law
  • Kent State University
  • Temple University

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the Pro Bono Award sponsored by the law firm of Perantinides and Nolan for most completed community service & pro bono hours of all University of Akron graduating part-time students — July 2013
  • Recipient of the Honorable Arthur J. Goldberg Memorial Prize in Constitutional Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2017)
  • Named in Crain's Cleveland "Five to Watch in Law" (2017)

Professional Membership

  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) 
  • Akron Bar Association/Labor & Employment Section, Secretary and Treasurer (2015-2016)
  • Akron Bar Association Hospice Committee, Volunteer Attorney (2013-2017)
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Ohio Hospital Association, Member
  • Ohio Health Care Association, Member
  • Leading Age, Member
  • Medical Legal Liaison Committee Member (2016 - Present)
  • The University of Akron Black Law Students Association, Alumni Member
  • Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group

Public Service and Volunteerism


External Publications


Speaking Engagements

  • Reviewing and Negotiating a Physician Employment Agreement - Legal and Other Issues, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cardiology Department, August 24, 2017 
  • American Health Lawyers Association National Conference 2016, June 27, 2016, Denver, Colorado, “Immigration Options and Strategies to Optimize Compliance, Recruiting, and Retention,” co-presenter with Mary T. Link, Vice President and General Counsel, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron
  • International Manufacturer, Presentation, “Immigration Primer for Non-Lawyers,” Nov. 18, 2015
  • EMS Services, Ohio, March 18, 2015, Presentation, “HIPAA Compliance and Training for Emergency Responders” 
  • Summa Health System, March 13, 2015, Presentation, “The ABCs of Physician Employment Agreements.” 
  • Leading Age Ohio, Annual Conference, August 25, 2014, Columbus, Ohio, Presentation, “Workers’ Compensation & Labor and Employment – Ohio Law Update” 
  • American Osteopathic Association, June 17, 2014, Webinar, “The Affordable Care Act, Nuts and Bolts for Health Care Providers, 2014”