Goodman Allen Donnelly and Mellette, PC have Merged Practices!

Goodman Allen Donnelly is thrilled to announce its merger with the specialized healthcare law firm, Mellette PC. This strategic move brings together two of Virginia’s leading legal entities, enhancing their commitment to delivering unparalleled legal services to healthcare providers.

Goodman Allen Donnelly’s healthcare law practice represents a broad spectrum of providers, from individual practitioners, medical practices, and other healthcare practices to healthcare systems, hospitals, clinical laboratories, and long-term care facilities. Their team of dedicated attorneys assists providers with transactional and contract matters and helps providers understand and comply with the intricate federal and state laws and regulations that govern medical and healthcare practices, delivering insightful counsel on legal risks and regulatory requirements for their clients.

The combination with Mellette PC, known for its targeted focus on healthcare licensing, reimbursement, and transactions, is an extension of a longstanding professional relationship. “We have worked collaboratively with the Mellette team for many years.” said Wythe Michael, Managing Member of Goodman Allen Donnelly. “Combining our comprehensive knowledge of healthcare law with Mellette PC’s exceptional experience in this field, we are set to provide even more robust and client-centric service.”

Michael Goodman, a founding partner of Goodman Allen & Donnelly, voiced his excitement about the merger. “We are thrilled to welcome the incredible attorneys from Mellette PC to our team,” Goodman said. “This merger fortifies our commitment to providing top-tier legal services in the healthcare sector. By integrating our practices, we’re strengthening our ability to provide comprehensive solutions to the complex legal challenges faced by healthcare providers today. I firmly believe that the synergy of our expertise with Mellette PC’s specialized knowledge will immensely benefit our clients and the wider healthcare community in Virginia.”

As part of the integration, four seasoned attorneys from Mellette PC will join the Goodman Allen Donnelly team to create a fourth office location for the firm in Williamsburg. The attorneys joining include:

  • Peter Mellette, the founding partner of Mellette PC, brings over 30 years of health law regulatory and corporate practice experience. He has successfully represented and advised healthcare providers from individuals to long-term care providers to freestanding imaging and surgery facilities to hospital systems. Mellette has successfully represented hundreds of clients in the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) process, resolved many licensing and facility care issues, advised providers on multiple complex transactional and contractual issues, and pursued payment disputes involving millions of dollars in provider payments through the administrative process and courts. He is recognized as one of Virginia’s top lawyers, and he actively contributes to the community through leadership in local organizations.
  • Robert Harrison Gibbs, Jr. focuses his practice on representing physicians and other healthcare providers. His expertise extends to state and federal regulatory reporting, Stark and Anti-Kickback Law compliance, corporate documents and transactions, third-party payment, behavioral health facility operations, licensing and certification.
  • Elizabeth Dahl Coleman assists healthcare providers on operational and regulatory issues, including guiding clients through Virginia’s COPN program, assisting individuals and facilities with licensing, peer review, and credentialing issues, and advising clients on employment matters.
  • Trace Hall addresses billing disputes and compliance issues for healthcare providers and has a background in insurance defense litigation. He assists clients with contracts, collections, licensing, and property matters.

“Goodman Allen Donnelly represents a collaborative fit with Mellette PC’s work over the last 19 years. The merger offers our clients an opportunity to draw from other sophisticated litigation and specialty practices within the same firm. said Mellette. “Through this consolidation, we can better serve our healthcare clients’ needs. With our combination, providers can look forward to an enhanced level of service, benefiting from the collective experience of an expanded team of dedicated health law attorneys.”


Goodman Allen Donnelly is a full-service law firm that was founded in 1998 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The firm prioritizes innovation, client-centric service, and cost-efficiency, serving a wide range of clients from individuals and small and mid-size businesses to larger health systems. As an active member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Goodman Allen Donnelly can provide legal assistance to clients nationally and worldwide. Learn more at