Healthcare - Georgia


Band 1 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for Established Atlanta firm with a longstanding focus on the healthcare sector. Provides transactional and regulatory advice to medical device providers, pharmaceutical companies and major health systems on high dollar value deals. Also advises for-profit and nonprofit health systems on regulatory compliance issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do a very good job for us, they have a lot of inside knowledge and they have also done a very good job on our regulatory investigations. They handle matters in an efficient manner and have a lot of good contacts."

"They provide excellent competencies in all areas of law, particularly healthcare law. They're very practical and reasonable in terms of their approach." 

Work highlights Acted for medical supply distributor PSS World Medical in its $2.1 billion acquisition by pharmaceutical distributor McKesson.

Acted on large-scale corporate acquisitions by medical device company Getinge, including advice on tax, IP and antitrust issues.

Notable practitioners  

Donna Bergeson comes recommended for her regulatory advice to large health systems. Clients say: "She's excellent. She's very talented, thorough and an excellent writer. She offers creative legal approaches without overworking a file."

Peers have much praise for "very fine lawyer" Mitch Mitchelson's strong litigation style. He specializes in defending government investigations and False Claims Act cases.

The "talented" Michelle Williams advises on regulatory compliance for health systems, including Stark Law issues, and is also a fine choice of counsel for product liability work. 

Transactional lawyer Steven Pottle acts for medical device companies, health systems and healthcare service providers on large acquisitions. "He does a great job," a satisfied client reports.

William Jordan represents health system clients in the defense of government investigations. Clients say: "He does a very good job, is very good at client management and he sees issues from the point of view of the company. He helps deliver practical advice that's actionable, as opposed to theoretical."

Significant clients United HealthCare, Ardent Health Services, LHC Group, Emory Healthcare, Aurora Diagnostics.

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What the team is known for Large firm with a strong focus on healthcare, having a well-staffed team in Atlanta, and is able to draw on additional resources in Houston and Washington, DC. Advises large health systems on regulatory compliance matters and frequently acts on healthcare litigation, including product liability cases for pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are terrific - just first-rate with their expertise and their success rate. We've always had very positive results."

"They're very bright, hard-working and responsive."

Work highlights Represented Merck in a successful defense of product liability litigation relating to its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

Acted on behalf of Medical Center of Central Georgia before an administrative law judge and before the Georgia Superior Court, in a successful appeal against the denial of a significant Medicaid outlier payment.

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Glen Reed chairs the firm's healthcare industry group. In a recent highlight, he acted for Piedmont Healthcare on the formation and licensing of its new health insurance business.

Richard Shackelford acts on government investigations matters for health systems. Clients praise "his depth of knowledge on healthcare law and, in large part because of that knowledge, his judgment."

Robert Keenan is noted for his work on antikickback law matters. Peers describe him as a "well-respected lawyer, who does an excellent job with it."

Kim Roeder is noted for her Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement work and is also highly sought after to handle False Claims Act cases. Additionally, she comes recommended for her regulatory advice to health systems.

Sara Kay Wheeler acts on litigation matters for health systems as well as providing regulatory and compliance advice. "She's very practical and doesn't get bogged down in too much theory, and really offers practical advice and solutions," an impressed client asserts.

James Boswell is recognized for his capabilities in healthcare disputes and is described as "an excellent healthcare litigator; he's very knowledgeable on all sorts of healthcare issues, extremely bright and a quick study."

Significant clients Community Health Systems, Emory Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, GE HealthCare Financial Services.

Since publication, Richard L Shackelford has retired from this practice.

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What the team is known for Acts on regulatory matters for a range of healthcare clients, with particular strength in the long-term care sector. A key name for issues concerning skilled nursing facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What I really like about them is they have the expertise and they appreciate their clients."

Work highlights Acted for Southeast Georgia Health System on acquisitions of physician practices, including certificate of need and Stark Law advice.

Advises Gwinnett Hospital System on regulatory compliance, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement issues.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Glenn Hendrix is noted for his litigation strengths and elicits much praise for his regulatory expertise in the long-term care context. 

Hedy Rubinger acts for care providers, particularly in long-term care. Peers say she is "experienced in transactional work and its regulatory aspects. She's very well regarded and a very good regulatory lawyer."

Jason Bring is described as a "very good lawyer" by his peers. A litigation specialist, he leads the firm's long-term care defense practice, representing clients in government investigations and regulatory compliance matters.

Carol Saul advises healthcare providers on regulatory matters, including Stark Law, HIPAA and Medicare/Medicaid issues. She wins particular plaudits for her relationship management skills.

Michael Barry specializes in Medicare reimbursement and antikickback issues. He also acts on transactional matters including acquisitions of physician practice groups for health systems and joint ventures. 

Significant clients UHS-Pruitt, Georgia Health Care Association, Formation Capital, Genesis HealthCare, Kindred Healthcare.

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What the team is known for Acts for large health systems on regulatory and transactional matters including certificate of need representation and high dollar value acquisitions. Also noted for its policy advocacy group, drawing resources from its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I was first impressed with their knowledge base and their expertise, which is most important, then with their responsiveness."

"They have a deep bench, they have a presence in many of the major cities, which I find valuable, and whenever my primary contacts can't answer a question they put me in touch with someone in one of their other offices."

What's new? New client wins include Aliera Healthcare, Digigrad and Innovative Infusion Solutions.

Work highlights Acted on acquisitions by Northside Hospital, including oncology centers, ambulatory surgery centers and physician group practices.

Represented Tanner Medical Center, doing business as Willowbrooke, in obtaining a certificate of need for the expansion of its pediatric psychiatric and substance abuse services.

Notable practitioners  

James Rawls heads the department and acts on transactional matters for health systems. "He's absolutely phenomenal: I can discuss any matter with him, and as a healthcare expert he has all the tools to handle anything that might be thrown at us. He's a trusted business adviser as well," an impressed client asserts.

Kathlynn Butler Polvino specializes in certificate of need matters for large health systems. Sources say: "She's excellent on healthcare regulation. She has tremendous insight and understands the business as well as the regulatory needs of healthcare sector operators."

Charlene McGinty acts on both transactional and regulatory matters for a range of healthcare providers. As one satisfied client notes, "her input has been invaluable; the complexity of the laws and regulations are overwhelming, but she's got a got handle on all of them."

Significant clients DeKalb Regional Health System, Southern Regional Medical Center, Community Health Systems, Reproductive Biology Associates, Correct Health.

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What the team is known for Frequently acts for large health systems on regulatory and licensure matters, including certificate of need representation and corporate advice in transactions and major developments. Also active on financing matters including bond issuances.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I was very happy with their depth of knowledge and experience; when you're dealing with regulators relationships matter."

"They've been very comprehensive; they seem to have expertise in a lot of areas when there's an ancillary issue."

Work highlights Acted on the acquisition of pulmonary physician group Georgia Lung Associates by Piedmont Healthcare.

Advised Ty Cobb Healthcare System on the development of a new 56-bed acute care hospital, as well as the managed closure of obsolete facilities.

Notable practitioners  

Litigation specialist Robert Threlkeld heads the department. He is also noted for his work on professional services contracts. Clients say: "Working with Bob, he's able to get through the data and takes a very proactive role. He's a proven commodity as far as his ability to deliver; he's been successful and he's easy to work with."

Michele Madison acts on certificate of need matters and healthcare sector litigation, and is described as "very capable and very solid." She recently represented St. Francis Hospital before the Certificate of Need Appeal Panel.

Daniel Mohan represents large health systems on transactional matters and significant developments. "He's really responsive: he gets things done independently but also keeps me in the loop when I need to be," attests one impressed client.

Significant clients Emory Healthcare, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Assisted Living Concepts, MCG Health System, Universal Health Services.

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What the team is known for Noted for its work with physician practices, particularly on integration with health systems. Active certificate of need practice. Also acts on government investigations and False Claims Act cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a lot of strength in healthcare litigation, reimbursement and state administrative proceedings. They have a lot of depth. They're all really able, solid healthcare lawyers."

"The entire firm is excellent." 

What's new? New clients include Columbus Regional Healthcare System and Central Georgia Health System.

Work highlights Represented Lakeland Regional Medical Center before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings in a certificate of need appeal from the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, in connection with the development of a 32-bed comprehensive inpatient medical rehabilitation center.

Represented Phoebe Putney Health System before the Federal District Court, in an antitrust suit brought by the FTC in connection with the acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center.

Notable practitioners  

John Parker heads the healthcare department. Clients say: "From a strategic standpoint the representation he provides for his clients is the tops."

Armando Basarrate receives particular praise for his certificate of need work and is lauded for his "very analytical and disciplined" approach to matters. He recently represented WellStar Kennestone Hospital, successfully defeating a competing hospital's application to develop a gamma knife radiosurgery service.

The highly regarded Paul Hudson comes much recommended for his transactional work in the healthcare sector.

Significant clients Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, Da Vita, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Northeast Georgia Health System, Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

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What the team is known for Acts on a range of healthcare matters for health systems and physicians' groups, including physician integrations with health systems. Particular specialty in HIPAA issues. The Atlanta team can also draw on resources from its Nashville and DC offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A well-regarded healthcare firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Thomas William Baker continues to be much sought after for his transactional expertise and also maintains a fine track record in fraud and abuse and Medicare reimbursement matters.

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What the team is known for Growing healthcare practice, acting principally for healthcare providers and healthcare service companies. Maintains a fine track record across transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, and is particularly noted for its work concerning whistle-blower cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a strong group, with very good regulatory lawyers and very good transactional lawyers."

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Stanley Jones elicits particular praise for his certificate of need expertise and is also singled out by commentators for his effective lobbying work on behalf of healthcare clients.

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What the team is known for Acts for hospitals and health systems on a range of regulatory and litigation matters. Also active on transactional matters, including medical practice acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's been a very good relationship; it is a responsive firm that is easy to get in touch with. Its guidance and advice has been right on."

Notable practitioners  

Barry Herrin comes recommended for its strengths in both transactional and regulatory matters and is described as "knowledgeable and very fast in terms of document turnaround in particular. He's also an excellent advocate in attorney-to-attorney discussions."

Lawrence Myers enjoys a fine reputation for his work in healthcare sector disputes and is particularly singled out for his expertise in certificate of need issues.

Tobin Watt is noted for his wealth of expertise in healthcare-related transactions. "He is very reliable with his information and always has the right answer for our group. I've been impressed with his reliability and his knowledge and his judgment," an impressed client asserts.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The highly respected Robert Berg has recently joined Ellis Funk PC from Epstein Becker & Green. He is particularly recognized for his work with physician groups on regulatory and transactional matters.

Savannah-based healthcare lawyer Mills Fleming of HunterMaclean enters the rankings this year having won substantial praise from the market for his transactional and regulatory skills. He is described as "a great guy - very practical" and "a common-sense, hard-working attorney with great intuition."

Rebekah Plowman of Jones Day specializes in defending health systems in False Claims Act cases and other governmental investigations. "She's great; she has a really extensive knowledge and understanding of what clients need, but also a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare realm, the regulatory climate and how to work with regulators," reports one very satisfied source, who goes on to say: "She really does stand out as someone who provides an exceptional service."

Kristen Pollock McDonald of Jones Day acts on False Claims Act cases and other regulatory compliance matters for a range of health systems. She wins plaudits for her "exceptional legal skills" from one client, who goes on to say of her: "She's very prompt in responding and providing us assistance - she's a pleasure to work with."

"Excellent lawyer" James Kelly of Kelly Law Firm PC elicits much praise from the market for his strengths in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters and appeals. 

Sidney Summers Welch has recently joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP from Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. She comes recommended for her work with physician practices in the long-term care sector and is particularly noted for her expertise in HIPAA issues.

Craig Smith of Paul Hastings LLP is described as "very likable, effective, highly respected and very solution-oriented." He focuses on transactional matters, recently acting for Delphi Healthcare Partners on the sale to TeamHealth of its outsourced contract physician business.

Clients say Phillip Street of Paul Hastings LLP is "outstanding; an incredibly great guy, very responsive and extremely strategic." He represents physician groups and health systems, predominantly in transactional matters, and also advises on regulatory compliance including antikickback statute self-referrals.

Tracy Field of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP acts on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters as well as providing regulatory compliance advice. Clients say: "Tracy is always very responsive. She knows her material and gets back to me right away so I'm never having to try to run down the information I need."

Jill Girardeau of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP focuses on HIPAA and HITECH issues. Clients say: "Jill consistently impresses me with her practical approach to problem solving, as well as her responsiveness, and breadth of knowledge in her field."

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