Peggy Beat


Peggy L. Beat is a partner in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Peggy has substantial experience as in-house healthcare legal counsel responsible for a variety of matters, including regulatory and data privacy compliance programs, contract management, and cybersecurity. This has involved the development and delivery of employee training on cybersecurity, including table-top exercises. It has also involved the provision of enterprise risk assessments, focused on mitigating the risk of online threats, and limiting the associated expense of data security incidents.  As part of her healthcare compliance responsibilities, Peggy has conducted numerous internal investigations, interfacing with state and federal regulatory authorities, both domestically and internationally. She also created and developed an office of sponsored research for a complex healthcare provider that involved contract management, privacy and data security policy development, and the associated component parts of a research institution.

Peggy also serves as an adjunct professor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Additional Experience




  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)
  • Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)

Professional Presentations

  • “The Privacy and Confidentiality of Things”; Cleveland Marshall Health Law Society, Cleveland, OH February 27, 2020
  • “Preventative Medicine to Secure Your CyberWorld”; CMBA Medical Legal Summit, Cleveland, OH March 22-23, 2019
  • “Dissecting a Clinical Trial Agreement” MAGI Clinical Research Conference; Baltimore, MD May 18-21, 2018
  • “Behavioral Health Re-design/Ohio Medicaid and Confidentiality”; CMBA Medical Legal Summit, Cleveland, OH April 13-14, 2018
  • “Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder, Patient Records and HIPAA”; Cleveland Marshall College of Law April 17, 2017
  • “Expanded Access INDs”; HCCA Research Compliance Conference; Baltimore, MD June 5-8, 2016
  • “Research Do’s and Don’ts:  Stories from a Corporate Compliance Perspective”; 12th Annual Nursing Research Conference; May 2-3, 2016
  • “Billing and Audits Roundtable”; CMBA Medical Legal Summit, Cleveland, OH March 11-12, 2016
  • “Protecting Health Information in Research”; OHRP Conference, Cleveland, OH; September 16, 2015
  • Hot Topics in FDA Compliance”; AAMC Compliance Officers Forum, Washington, DC.; June 9-12, 2015
  • “Legal Fundamentals of Research Agreements”; SoCRA Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC; September 27, 2008
  • “What do you Mean I Can’t Bill for That?  The Nuts and Bolts of Research Billing Compliance”; Billing Compliance Conference Cleveland, Ohio; December 8, 2006
  • “Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights”; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; October 25, 2001


Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2000

University of Toledo

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, 1991


  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance
  • Registered Nurse, State of Ohio


  • Beat P. “CBO Report on Partial Repeal of the ACA.” AHLA Payors, Plans and Managed Care Practice e-alert January 2017
  • Beat P., Lewicki, L Chapter 5, “Roles of the Institutional Review Board and Research Compliance Expectations.”; Albert, Nancy M. “Building and Sustaining A Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program,” Springer Publishing Company, Print, 2016
  • Beat P, Shenk T. “Research compliance and the due-diligence process,” Compliance Today, 53-8; January 2016
  • Beat, P. “Legal Fundamentals of Research Agreements”; SoCRA Magazine; October 2008