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J. Scott Schoeffel


T 949.477.7649
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612

Scott Schoeffel is Partner in the Healthcare Practice Group.  He represents many different types of healthcare businesses, but his practice emphasizes the representation of hospitals and other healthcare providers.  Mr. Schoeffel has substantial experience in healthcare provider operations, strategic development and regulation of integrated healthcare delivery systems of all sizes, state and federal healthcare regulation, licensing and counseling of healthcare service plans, managed care contracting and dispute resolution, antitrust, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, administrative law, and government affairs.  Mr. Schoeffel has over 35 years of experience as a healthcare, business, real estate and land use lawyer.  He has a broad range of experience in private practice at local, regional, and international law firms.  Mr. Schoeffel also has an extensive background in corporate legal and management positions, serving as vice president and assistant general counsel of a national publicly-traded hospital company and as executive vice president and general counsel of a publicly-traded hospital system in Orange County, California. 

Mr. Schoeffel also has performed many years of service as both an appointed and elected public official in California.  He served as a member of the City Council of Dana Point from 2008 to 2016.  He was that city’s Mayor in 2011 and its Mayor Pro Tem in 2010. Prior to his service on the City Council, Mr. Schoeffel was a member of the Dana Point Planning Commission for close to 12 years (from 1997 to 2008), where he served as Chairman multiple times.  He also served by City Council appointment as a Director of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016 (Chairman 2011-2012 and 2014-2015), and as Director of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors (2015-2016).  Mr. Schoeffel currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CalOptima, the public agency that operates the Medi-Cal managed care plan that provides healthcare to one out of four Orange County residents.

Representative Work

  • Organized and represented two of the first physician-hospital organizations to contract on a full risk basis with CalOptima, Orange County, California’s Medi-Cal managed care plan.
  • Developed and acquired on behalf of a provider-sponsored integrated delivery system the first “limited” Knox- Keene healthcare service plan license issued by the California Department of Corporations.
  • Advised health system clients on formation and operation of integrated healthcare delivery systems, both in California and across the country.
J. Scott  Schoeffel
J. Scott  Schoeffel



J.D. , University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1980,
    Member, Ecology Law Quarterly

B.A. , University of California, Santa Barbara, 1976



U.S. District Court, Central District of CA

U.S. District Court, Southern District of CA

Professional Affiliations

CalOptima, Board of Directors, 2016 - Present

Dana Point Symphony Orchestra, Director, President and co-founder, 2012 – Present

Dana Point Yacht Club, Director, 2011 - Present; Port Captain, 2017

San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency, Board of Directors, 2010 – 2016

Coastal Animal Services Authority, Director, 2013 - 2016

American Health Lawyers Association

National Association of Corporate Directors, 2016 - Present


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