Laura Kowal serves as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Nemours Children’s Health, one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems, which owns and operates hospitals in Wilmington, Delaware and Orlando, Florida. Laura is responsible for all legal matters that impact Nemours Children’s Health including corporate issues, transactional matters and litigation. As the Corporate Secretary, she advises on substantive governance issues. Laura oversees the legal department across the enterprise and the Office of Contract Administration.
Prior to joining Nemours, Laura practiced law in the health law group of the Business and Finance practice at Ballard Spahr LLP, an Am Law 100 firm, with a focus on complex corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, as well as fraud, abuse and regulatory matters. She is a member of the American Health Law Association (AHLA) and assisted in the development of the AHLA Health Law Curriculum Manual.
Laura graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a certification in Health Law. Before becoming an attorney, Laura received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Drexel University and worked as a physical therapist and certified wound care specialist for 12 years in hospital and post-acute care settings. She has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Spanish literature and is fluent in Spanish. Laura served as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.