Healthcare - Georgia
THE FIRM This nationally recognized healthcare practice continues to offer clients a very high level of service which is commensurate with its stellar reputation within the legal industry. Both the transactional and regulatory elements of healthcare law are capably undertaken by this Atlanta-based group, enabling representation of a diverse and substantial client base. The firm recently represented global medical technology giant Getinge in a number of substantial acquisitions, the largest of which was the purchase of Atrium Medical in a $680 million deal.
Sources say: "Their attorneys have an excellent grasp of the industry and are superb at what they do."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mitch Mitchelson has been singled out by his peers as one of the state's leading healthcare fraud attorneys. He frequently adopts an adversarial position to the government, defending companies against which accusations of fraud have been made.
According to one source, Michelle Williams is "not only substantively strong, she is also very knowledgeable and consistent." She is particularly well versed in regulatory matters and is perceived to be both "analytically strong" and "a good advocate for her clients."
Donna Bergeson is known for her proficiency in both litigation and regulatory compliance matters. She works closely with Emory Healthcare in connection with a number of pre-existing and proposed joint ventures.
Steven Pottle is a respected transactional attorney with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry. He is described as a "deal facilitator" by sources and was integral in the firm's recent representation of Getinge, assisting the Swedish-based firm in a series of strategic acquisitions.
THE FIRM King & Spalding's healthcare team retains its status as one of the finest within Georgia. It has both the breadth and depth of expertise to ably advise clients across the entire spectrum of healthcare-related matters, boasting notable strength in the transactional, regulatory and litigation spheres. Clients have remarked favorably upon the firm's robust national presence, citing its extensive legal footprint as one of its key differentiators. The team represents a selection of healthcare systems and pharmaceutical companies and can list Piedmont Healthcare and Purdue Pharma among its most substantial clients.
Sources say: "They provide high-quality legal work coupled with highly developed business understanding."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice leader Glen Reed is one of the most distinguished healthcare attorneys within the state. In the words of one particularly effusive commentator, he is "as good a healthcare attorney as there is." He works extensively with healthcare systems and recently acted on behalf of Piedmont Healthcare as it finalized the $150 million acquisition of Henry Medical Center.
Richard Shackelford is a hugely experienced practitioner and remains central to much of the firm's more complicated work. "He's not afraid to roll up his sleeves and be creative," reported one source. "Whereas a lot of people will take the safe route, he's more forward-looking and can delve into complex areas that some people shy away from." He is a respected litigator, with his successful defense of Omnicare against allegations of improper submission of prescriptions serving as a prominent example of his courtroom competency.
Renowned for his dexterous representation of home healthcare providers, Robert Keenan enjoys a strong reputation within the healthcare industry. He is acknowledged as an "expert within his area of specialty."
Kim Roeder is reportedly "very well versed in the boardroom environment," and adopts an "organized and focused" approach toward engagements. She is noted for both her strength in transactional matters and her grasp of issues pertaining to regulatory compliance.
Sara Kay Wheeler, known for her "strong investigatory practice," has enjoyed a particularly active year, having been tasked with representing a number of health systems into which government investigations had been conducted. Her "excellence in the compliance area" has also been remarked upon by enthusiastic sources and serves to illustrate her versatility.
THE FIRM Renowned for its proficiency in complex certificate of need and licensure matters, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs's healthcare group has established a strong presence within the Georgia market and continues to service an impressive range of clients. The firm has earned unanimous approbation from clients, many of whom have spoken at length about its masterful grasp of regulatory work and extensive network of relevant contacts. The group is frequently engaged by healthcare providers and can list Phoebe Putney Health System and DaVita among its solid client roster.
Sources say: "This firm is very detailed-oriented. They are knowledgeable and have useful contacts throughout the industry."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner John Parker brings over three decades' worth of experience to his healthcare practice. He is noted for his proficiency in "dealing with regulatory issues" and elicits praise for his in-depth "knowledge of accounting treatment pertaining to healthcare economics." He was recently chosen by the governor of Georgia to challenge the widespread health reform legislation enacted by President Obama in 2010.
Armando Basarrate is acknowledged as an expert in certificate of need and regulatory matters. He is perceived to be "very acute in his analysis" and "presents very well."
One enthusiastic commentator was keen to highlight Paul Hudson's impressive standard of work, noting that he approaches each engagement with an impressive "level of sophistication." He is recommended for his transactional expertise within the healthcare sector.
THE FIRM This full-service firm is recommended for the breadth of its healthcare practice, with its team of well-regarded attorneys proficient in handling a wide array of matters. It is also acknowledged for its more specific expertise, with several market commentators keen to highlight the firm's strength in the regulatory compliance and long-term care arenas. Over the past year, the team has advised a number of healthcare providers in a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation engagements.
Sources say: "They are diligent and exhaustive in their research." "They provide economic rates for high-quality work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Glenn Hendrix is heralded for his ability to "operate across the regulatory sphere very adeptly." He is renowned for his expertise in the long-term care market and continues to work closely with Kindred Healthcare on an appellate issue.
Hedy Rubinger serves as the practice group leader and possesses a core expertise in the regulatory sphere. She recently advised Genesis Healthcare on the regulatory ramifications of a multistate restructuring and a $2.4 billion divestiture. One enthusiastic client referred to her as "phenomenal," naming her the "best regulatory attorney around."
Commended for her "strong base of experience and broad subject grasp," Carol Saul remains at the forefront of the firm's healthcare practice. "She's as good a HIPAA lawyer as there is," remarked one source, while another asserted that she was "terrific within her sphere."
Michael Barry has been integral in the firm's representation of Southeast Georgia Health System, assisting with both transactional and licensure issues. He has been acknowledged favorably by a number of market sources, one of whom cites his "extreme competence" and "can-do" attitude as particular strengths.
THE FIRM Practitioners at this firm are typified by their adept representation of nonprofit hospital systems; Northside Hospital is perhaps the most notable example of such a client and it continues to engage the firm on a variety of complex and varied matters. Clients appreciate the thorough approach exhibited by the talented team of attorneys, with the firm's ability to navigate the political landscape also singled out for praise.
Sources say: "The firm is very organized, quick in responding and very detailed in its research and work product."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathlynn Butler Polvino regularly undertakes work for Northside Hospital and has handled both licensure and regulatory issues over the past year. She is singled out for praise by several market commentators: "She is a superb attorney," says one source, "with critical thinking and analytical skills that complement her legal acumen."
The "incredibly responsive" Charlene McGinty is lauded for her grasp of regulatory compliance matters. She is described as being particularly "knowledgeable about both healthcare and regulatory issues" and is further commended for her familiarity with the intricacies of the wider healthcare industry.
Experienced litigator James Rawls has enjoyed a particularly active year in which he distinguished himself by assisting DeKalb Medical Center throughout its ultimately successful attempt to overturn an injunction. He is said to "understand the business needs of clients and balance that very well with the law."
THE FIRM This firm's expanding healthcare practice provides counsel upon a wide range of issues, including litigation, whistle-blower actions and certificate of need matters. The Georgia team works primarily with healthcare providers and healthcare service companies and is renowned for its ability to draw upon an extensive array of industry-specific national resources to provide pertinent and practical advice.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stanley Jones is regarded by sources as an "effective advocate in the lobbying space, particularly in behavioral health issues." He is vastly experienced and is habitually engaged in connection to many of the more complex matters undertaken by the firm.
THE FIRM This firm is lauded for its competency in a number of niche regulatory areas, with expertise in HIPAA compliance constituting one such specialty. Its talented and hard-working attorneys are sought out by a number of healthcare providers and typically adopt a creative approach to both the regulatory and transactional matters upon which they are engaged.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Baker garners plaudits for his prominence within the transactional sphere and is active in connection to a variety of healthcare-related acquisitions and divestitures. Baker is regarded as "a very smart, capable attorney" and is understood to be "very knowledgeable."
THE FIRM This group maintains an impressive reputation within the healthcare industry, with its impressive breadth of clients demonstrative of its regional strength. Its core expertise is in the representation of healthcare systems, with Piedmont Healthcare and Emory Healthcare serving as two particularly noteworthy examples.
Sources say: "The firm has competitive rates, it's efficient and it has a strong knowledge of the certificate of need process in Georgia."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michele Madison has enjoyed a particularly active year, in which she has led many of the firm's headline matters. Sources hail both the breadth of her knowledge base and her prowess within the regulatory sphere.
Daniel Mohan has an excellent knowledge of both the regulatory and transactional environments in Georgia. One source said: "He's a great guy, a great lawyer and he has a strong practice." He led the team that advised Ty Cobb Healthcare System as it sought regulatory approval for its newly opened hospital.
Robert Threlkeld's practice focuses heavily upon licensure and certificate of need issues. He is identified by sources as being an "excellent litigator," and is lauded for his creative, client-oriented approach. He recently represented HealthSouth as it successfully overturned a decision not to award a certificate of need for its new inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
THE FIRM This experienced team of five attorneys is widely known for its representation of healthcare providers and typically provides high-caliber advice upon a range of transactional, licensure and regulatory issues. Of particular note is the firm's recent representation of Blue Ridge Healthcare System, in which the team provided counsel throughout the merger of two hospitals and the subsequent corporate reorganization.
Sources say: "I have been very impressed with them." "Their work is excellent and thorough."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Herrin enjoys a strong reputation for both his transactional capabilities and his awareness of regulatory frameworks. He is said to "provide excellent service" and can count SunCrest Healthcare amongst his robust stable of clients.
The "extremely talented" Tobin Watt receives praise for his detailed knowledge of the healthcare market. He is central to the firm's ongoing representation of Emory University Health System.
According to one client, Lawrence Myers adopts a "very responsive, thorough and practical" approach to representation, providing clients with "accurate and well thought-out" responses. He is recommended for his skillful handling of certificate of need matters.
Robert Berg has recently joined Ellis Funk PC from Epstein Becker & Green PC. Berg is recognized for his proficient representation of physician groups and his competency in transactional matters. He is noted for his ability to provide "practical solutions to complex problems."
Rebekah Plowman recently joined Jones Day from Nelson Mullins. She has attracted praise for her personable and client-oriented approach, having been described as "well spoken and intelligent" by one individual. She is particularly active in both regulatory matters and government investigations.
The vastly experienced James Kelly of Kelly Law Firm PC is noted for his strength in relation to regulatory and reimbursement issues. One peer perceives him to be "one of the nationwide experts in his field," while another refers to him as "one of the most respected practitioners in his niche of the market."
Sidney Summers Welch is a new addition to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, having recently joined them from Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. She is recommended for her "strong physician practice" and represents clients on a wide range of regulatory matters.
Phillip Street of Paul Hastings LLP has impressed sources with his "level of service and responsiveness, his creativity and his focus upon finding solutions that enable clients to achieve their goals." He is best known for his transactional expertise and enjoys an active practice within this area.