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Carl Gardner
USC Gould School of Law

Carl Gardner

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: February 21, 2022

Carl Gardner is a senior attorney to managed health care organizations with a 26-year career as in-house and law firm counsel. He is experienced nationally in health insurer and HMO contracting, licensing, regulation and operations. As an in-house lawyer, he has served as lead counsel for pharmacy benefit contracting, compliance and operations of a multi-state health insurer enterprise; Medicaid insurer business development activities including licensing, proposals and bid protests; and, general counsel support to state HMO subsidiaries including contracting, governance, compliance, provider credentialing and litigation. He has more than 10 years’ experience as law firm and inhouse counsel for HMOs licensed by the California Department of Managed Health Care under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act.

Gardner received his JD degree from the University of San Francisco.


The Conversation
September 20, 2022
Re: Jean Lantz Reisz

Jean Reisz wrote an op-ed explaining why Ron DeSantis dropping migrants off on Martha’s Vineyard may be illegal. "Certain factors – like DeSantis’ intent and knowledge of the migrants’ immigration status – could create potential civil and criminal liability," she wrote.


Felipe Jiménez
August, 2022

"Legal Positivism for Legal Officials," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

Robin Craig
August, 2022

"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: The Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (Forthcoming 2023).

Robin Craig
August, 2022

"Remembering the Ocean in Water Law," chapter for A Research Agenda for Water Law.