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Amber Ellis

Of Counsel

800 W. Main Street, Suite 1750, Boise, ID 83702

Amber brings valuable in-house experience with a major health system to guide healthcare industry clients through the complex regulatory and business matters they face.

Amber advises healthcare boards, committees, medical staff bodies, and their employees regarding HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback, HCQIA, and other federal laws as well as state-specific healthcare laws and regulations. She assists physicians and other licensed healthcare providers through Idaho Board of Medicine and Idaho Board of Licensing proceedings. In addition, Amber drafts and negotiates a variety of provider contracts, and has experience working with third party valuation firms to assess fair market value and establish physician compensation strategies. 

Amber understands and anticipates the challenges faced by healthcare providers in implementing ever-changing healthcare regulations in a compliant and effective way. Her legal career has included both transactional work and litigation, enhancing her ability to identify and mitigate risk for organizations and individuals. Additionally, she advises on compliance with federal regulations in clinical trial and research settings.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Amber served as in-house counsel at a major health system in Idaho and as a civil division Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office. She also clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Fourth Judicial District.


  • Reviewing clinical trial agreements for compliance with federal regulations related to clinical research and protection of human subjects
  • Advising and training regarding federal and state healthcare laws, including HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback, HCQIA, and peer review laws
  • Counseling related to regulatory agencies, including: CMS, OIG, OCR, DOJ, FDA, DEA, CDC, HRSA, and HHS
  • Assisting with licensing proceedings before Idaho Board of Medicine and Idaho Board of Licensing
  • Drafting and negotiating provider contracts including employment, independent contractor, professional services, leases, and timeshares
  • Collaborating with third party valuation firms to assess fair market value
  • Guiding organizations and physicians through credentialing and fair hearing processes
  • Advising clients in responding to third party subpoenas and government investigations
  • Counseling regarding Medicaid, Medicare and Idaho medical indigency law



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  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Mountain West Chapter Pro Bono Award, 2018
  • Fourth Judicial District Service Award, 2015

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Idaho State Bar, Member
  • Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Steering Committee Member
  • Idaho State Bar Professionalism & Ethics Section, Member
  • Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boise Program, Class of 2022
  • Idaho State Bar Pro Bono Commission, Former Member
  • Fourth District Bar Association Law Day Committee, Former Member, 2014-2016
  • The Advocate Editorial Board, Former Member, 2013-2016
  • Idaho Women Lawyers, Former Member of the Board of Directors, 2014-2017

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