Nathan Kottkamp, MA, JD

  • Senior Counsel with McGuireWoods in Richmond, VA

Nathan Kottkamp graduated in 1996 from the College of William and Mary with an AB and a focus on interdisciplinary ethics. Graduating from the JD/MA joint program in 2001, he also received the Health Law Certificate. His MA thesis is entitled “A Practical and Communitarian Critique of the Patients’ Bill of Rights.” After graduation, he joined the healthcare department with McGuireWoods in Richmond, Virginia, and practices almost exclusively in health law. He sits as the attorney member of four different hospital ethics committees, serving seven hospitals. He is also Founder and Chair of the National Healthcare Decisions Day (, which exists to promote public education about advance care planning. Nathan Kottkamp's Professional Webpage


Representative Publications

Representative Publications

Pinkus RL, Smetanka S, and Kottkamp N. Susie’s Voice. In: Ford P and Dudzinski D, editors. Complex Ethics Consultations - Cases That Haunt Us. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press 2008.

Kottkamp N. Advance directives day: a story of success, a call to action, and a how-to manual. Health Lawyer October 2006; 19(1): 21-24, 33.

Kottkamp N. The hazards of a speedy pay discount for Medicare co-payments and deductibles. Health Lawyer February 2000; 12(3): 25-28.

Kottkamp N. (book review). False Hopes: Why America's Quest for Perfect Health is a Recipe for Failure by Daniel Callahan. Journal of Medical Humanities Fall 2000; 21(3): 179-181.

Finding Clarity in a Gray Opinion: A Critique of Pennsylvania's Informed Consent Doctrine. University of Pittsburgh Law Review 1999; 61(1): 241-85.