Nora T. Ciancio


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Nora Ciancio’s practice concentrates on healthcare defense and includes representation for healthcare practitioners in investigations and hearings before their respective licensing Boards in the Commonwealth of Virginia; credentialing; Medicare and Medicaid matters; OCR investigations; third party payor audits; and risk prevention, among other things. Her goal and focus are to aid providers in navigating the complex and ever-changing nature of state and federal laws so that they can focus on the thing that really matters: their patients and practice! Prior to joining GAD,

Nora spent time practicing at healthcare nonprofits and state agencies, so she brings a unique perspective of having navigated the legalities of the healthcare system from all sides.

Her practice also includes representation in equine and animal law. She is the owner of a horse boarding business in Hanover county, she has been an equestrian for over 20 years, and is a life-long animal lover. Her herd currently includes her warmblood, OTTB, former kill pen pony, two rescue dogs, and a three-legged cat.

Nora joined the firm in 2017 in the firm’s Richmond office. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond, and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Her practice includes:

  • State Board Licensing and Credentialing 
    • Board investigations
    • Consent Orders
    • Informal and Formal Hearings
    • Compliance with Orders and HPMP
    • Credentialing
    • NPDB statements and disputes
    • Peer Review
  • Health Care 
    • CMS/Medicare and DMAS/Medicaid
    • Third party payor audits and appeals
    • Telemedicine
    • Medspas and Mobile Clinics
    • DBHDS
    • OCR investigations
    • Regulatory compliance and certifications
    • Risk Prevention
  • Guardianship
  • Equine and Animal Law 
    • Boarding and leasing agreements and disputes
    • Sales contracts
    • Equine Liability waivers
    • Lesson and Training agreements and waivers
    • Insurance appeals
    • Ownership disputes
    • Pet “custody”
    • Regulatory compliance for shelters, and rescues


Professional Affiliations, Awards and Service

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • American Health Law Association

Practice Areas

  • Equine and Animal Law


  • Penn State Law,
    The Pennsylvania State University,
    University Park, PA
    J.D., May 2015
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
    B.A. Political Science and Economics
    magna cum laude, May 2012

Admitted to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Virginia

Publications and Presentations

  • The Potential Impact of a Board Action, Hampton Roads Physician Magazine, Spring 2022
  • The Implications of Recent ICSID Arbitrator Disqualifications for Latin America, 6 Y.B. on Arb & Med. 440