Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Health Law Society awarded Attorney Joseph Rivet as Health Lawyer of the Year during a ceremony on March 30. The award was presented in partnership with the State Bar of Michigan Health Law Section.
“We are pleased to present Attorney Rivet with the inaugural Health Lawyer of the Year Award,” said Angela Hammoud, president, WMU-Cooley Health Law Society. “We awarded Mr. Rivet as the Health Lawyer of the Year for his exceptional legal expertise, commitment to client advocacy, and demonstrated leadership in the health law industry.”
Rivet is founder of the Rivet Health Law, PLC in Norton Shores, Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Baker College, and a J.D. from WMU-Cooley. His practice specializes in health care reimbursement, serves as an arbitrator through the American Health Law Association, and is an approved arbitrator for the State of Michigan for surprise billing. Rivet began his career in emergency medicine coding with expertise as a manager in varied health care provider and payor settings.
Rivet expressed his appreciation for being honored when accepting the award. He spoke on his tireless work to provide the best legal representation and making a meaningful impact in the healthcare industry. He advised the students in attendance to keep pushing towards their goals, and to believe in themselves even when things feel challenging.
Rivet was nominated by members of WMU-Cooley’s Health Law Society and members of the State Bar of Michigan Health Law Section.
“Joe is at the top of the list for his enthusiasm for and dedication to health care law,” said Mark Mosby, chief legal counsel for Fallon Community Health Plan, Inc, while nominating Rivet. “Another thing that distinguishes Joe form other health care lawyers I know is his long career in health care compliance before he became a lawyer.”
The WMU-Cooley Health Law Society promotes student awareness of health law careers, elevates awareness of health law, health policy, and health justice issues for both student and practicing attorneys. The organization helps nurture career opportunities for WMU-Cooley Students interested in health law careers.
Pictured (left-right) are WMU-Cooley Health Law Society board members Thomas McKee, Miguel Cardenas, Caroline Quandt, Angela Hammoud, Lakshay Kumar, Ramon Garcia.