Christopher Kelly
General Counsel

Chris graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 1994 and then law school at the University of Memphis in 1998.  After passing the Tennessee bar, Chris spent several years in general practice before getting his start on the path to a healthcare law specialty.  This path began with several successful False Claims Act cases against physicians, hospitals, and a large pharmaceutical company.  While working on these cases, Chris was asked to speak at a series of conferences on the topic of compliance and how to avoid False Claims Act liability.  This experience caused him to transition from representing whistleblowers to assisting honest providers with their compliance efforts.  By 2002 his entire practice was dedicated to the EMS and Ambulance industry. 

In 2005 Chris took a position as Chief Legal Officer for an ambulance software and billing company.  He acted as in-house counsel for the company for over 12 years, guiding the regulatory compliance of both the proprietary software platforms and the billing division.  Chris also ran the consulting division of the company, providing guidance to customers as well as other public and private ambulance services.  He has represented hundreds of ambulance services in various legal matters including Medicare/Medicaid audits, formal OIG/DOJ investigations, State licensing issues, contracting issues, overpayment appeals and numerous other EMS related issues.  Chris has won several cases that have had major impact on ambulance reimbursement in the U.S. and has won more than $30 million for his clients over the course of his career. 

 In 2018 Chris took a position as Of Counsel with the law firm of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, llc.  At PWW, Chris assisted clients, presented at the firm’s annual ABC360 conferences, and acted as instructor for the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance (“NAAC”). Chris worked with PWW until 2023 when accepted the role of General Counsel for Amerimed.


                Chris writes regularly for EMS World and has been on the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board since 2003.  He is a past Board of Directors member for the Non-Emergency Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC), and is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Mobile Integrated Healthcare Providers (NAMIHP).  He has also co-authored two guides on HIPAA for EMS and ambulance services, one on the Privacy Rule and the other on the Security Rule.  Chris has been an adjunct instructor for Virginia College, teaching Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration and Health Law and Ethics.  He is a proficient writer and frequent contributor to various EMS publications, having published more than a hundered EMS and mobile-healthcare related articles in his career.  He is also a sought-after speaker and a frequent lecturer at State and National EMS meetings and conferences. 


Chris lives in Southwest Florida with his wife, DeLesia, where they enjoy cooking and spending time on the water.