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Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1995

Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, M.P.H., 1995

Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1991


U.S. District Courts:

  • Middle District of Florida

  • Southern District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit



Ph: (305) 444-5565


Joseph I. Zumpano is the President and Managing Shareholder of Zumpano Patricios. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and obtained a dual degree in law and public health from Georgetown University (J.D. '95) and Johns Hopkins University (MPH '95). Mr. Zumpano has been elected as a Life Member to the Council on Foreign Relations.




Mr. Zumpano’s practice focuses on major litigation and arbitration matters, including the representation of large hospital systems, and other health care providers, in multi-million dollar disputes with managed care payors, as well as disputes between healthcare providers. Mr. Zumpano has architected and argued cases which have resulted in the recovery of over $300 million to the benefit of healthcare providers.



Mr. Zumpano has represented healthcare providers, facilities, and health insurers with respect to various types of transactional and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, Medicare/Medicaid and other third party reimbursement issues, fraud and abuse matters, licensure issues, managed care matters and compliance with the pertinent laws and regulations. He has also assisted hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical distributors, physicians, dentists, and other allied health professionals in matters such as compliance planning, peer review matters, and licensure issues. 




Mr. Zumpano has led a number of significant international litigation efforts, including the historic case of Weininger v. Castro, in which almost $24 million was collected in a lawsuit against Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and the Army of Cuba. The lawsuit and the successful collection effort received national and international press coverage. 

In another historic case, Mr. Zumpano tried and obtained a $191.4 million judgment on behalf of the son of a former Colombian Senator and Ambassador to the United Nations. The Ambassador was kidnapped and murdered in Colombia by guerilla forces. Mr. Zumpano and his team recovered over $20 million, including funds of a money laundering operation of a Mexican cartel that was an agent and instrumentality of the defendants in the case. It is the first time in U.S. history that a terror victim has recovered from a Mexican cartel under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. 

Mr. Zumpano’s experience in recovering funds in cross-border disputes also includes representation of a client in the successful piercing of a Bahamian Trust. Mr. Zumpano led the multi-jurisdictional effort against the defendants and the court ordered the turnover of approximately $4 million in assets. 



Mr. Zumpano has extensive experience in international transactional matters, including with respect to offshore manufacturing, international distribution arrangements, international acquisitions, international licensure and accreditation matters, entry into the US market, and corporate restructurings.



Mr. Zumpano has written extensively on health law matters. He has also lectured on various occasions before leading health law attorneys and institutions such as the Florida Bar and the American Health Lawyers Association. In 2006, Mr. Zumpano spoke on “New Globalism,” his innovative approach to international business, at the ALM Law Firm Business Forum in New York City. Also in 2006, Mr. Zumpano served as a Special Master for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. 

In addition, Mr. Zumpano has been recognized in the 2008 South Florida CEO Business Leader Magazine Power Issue as one of 36 influential people in South Florida and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by the Hispanic Business Magazine (2003). His peers have also elected him to the list of top lawyers in South Florida as published in the South Florida Legal Guide (2003-2018), to the Legal Elite published by Florida Trend Magazine (2006, 2008-2018), and to the Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2018). Further, feature articles on Mr. Zumpano have appeared in both the 2009 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2018 and 2009 South Florida Legal Guide Midyear Report. Mr. Zumpano was one of 14 attorneys honored as a “Distinguished Attorney” by South Florida Legal Guide during a reception held on December 9, 2014 at Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust



  • “Should you make employees sign arbitration agreements?,” Medical Office Today, 2012

  • “Payor Unilateralism, Part III: Preventing Payor Unilateralism,” Florida Managed Care News, 2010

  • “Payor Unilateralism, Part II: The Increasing Concern of Payor Consolidation,” Florida Managed Care News, 2010

  • “Payor Unilateralism, Part 1: Tackling an Increasing Challenge for Hospitals,” Florida Managed Care News, 2010

  • Chapter 8 “Managed Care Contracting,” Florida Practitioner’s Health Law Handbook 2007, A Publication of The Florida Bar Health Law Section, 2007

  • “National Supervision Requirements Create Potential Pitfalls for Providers,” Florida Medical Business, Nov. 2002

  • “Chapter 2- Managed Care Contracting Handbook. A Guide for Payors and Providers,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2001

  • “Group Practices, New Physicians Face Risks with Restrictive Buyers and Sellers,” Florida Medical Business

  • “Physicians Network Subject to Continued Antitrust Scrutiny,” Florida Medical Business

  • “DOI Concerned That At-Risk Networks Won’t Pay Physicians,” Florida Medical Business

  • “Government Takes Tough Stance on Paying for Practice’s Goodwill,” Florida Medical Business

  • “OIG’s One Practice Acquisition Loophole Hurts Buyers and Sellers,” Florida Medical Business

  • “Group Practices, New Physicians Face Risks with Restrictive Covenant,” Florida Medical Business

  • “Nonconsensual Sterilization of the Mentally Disabled in North Carolina: An Ethics Critique of the Statutory Standard and Its Judicial Interpretation,” The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, 1996

  • “The Physician- Physician Model chapter in Developing and Managing Physician Networks,” Business and Legal Strategies, Thompson Publishing Group, 1995



  • “Florida's Health Care Reform: An Overview,” seminar Stroock & Stroock Lavan

  • “Regulatory Issues Relating to Practice Acquisitions,” seminar National Health Lawyers Association

  • “Physician Incentive Plan Rules: A Road Map,” seminar Florida Bar

  • “Antitrust Issues in Healthcare,” seminar Florida Bar

  • “Managed Care Contracting from the Payor’s and Provider’s Perspective,” American Health Lawyers Association- Fundamentals of Health Law Seminar, 1999

  • “Rainmaking- A Road Map” seminar, Dade County Bar, Young Lawyers Division

  • “Florida Constitutional Amendments 3, 7, and 8: How They Affect You” seminar Westside Regional Medical Center and C.R. Clnc. Ft. L., 2005

  • “Taking Your Firm Global,” The Law Firm Business Forum, ALM, 2006

  • “Enforcing your Rights Under the Contract” seminar, Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, 2006

  • “2007 Managing Partners Summit” panelist, Daily Business Review, 2007

  • “The Changing Managed Care Landscape: An Update for Providers,” Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Nov. 2008

  • “2010 Supplemental Update to The Changing Managed Care Landscape: An Update for Providers,” Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Nov. 2009

  • “The Managed Care Contract: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You,” Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Nov 2010

  • "The Managed Care Contract: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You”, (supplemented) Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Nov. 2011

  • “Managed Care Contracting Fundamentals and Techniques for Improving Managed Care Agreements,” Florida Health Care Association, Sept. 2012

  • “The Managed Care Contract: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You,” Health Care Leaders Summit, Revive Health, Oct. 2012

  • “Anatomy of Going Non-Par – Strategies for Providers Terminating a Contract with Managed Care Payors,” Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Nov. 2013

  • “Recent Trends in Managed Care Contracting,” Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Nov. 2014

  • "Payment Erosion Indicators in Managed Care," Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals, Oct. 2015

  • "Managed Care Legal Updates 2018," Florida Hospital Association Managed Care Conference, Nov. 2018

  • “Purpose, Satisfaction and Conflict Resolution in Professional Life”, 2019 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, Presidential Symposium, May 22, 2019



  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Life Member (2018-Present)

  • American Psychiatric Foundation, Member, Board of Directors (2003-2009)

  • Florida Association for Managing Partners (FAMP)

    • Vice Chairman/Vice President (2002-2006) 

    • Co-Chairman/Co-President (2007)

    • Chairman/President (2007-2010) 


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