Healthcare - Georgia


Band 1 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for Outstanding practice focusing on transactional matters in the healthcare arena. Also handles an array of regulatory matters and government investigations. Represents clients including large hospital systems, academic medical centers and physician groups. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They display a detailed and sophisticated knowledge of healthcare and corporate law as well as a good appreciation of our business needs and commensurate practicality in dealing with our issues."

"They have the breadth and depth to handle almost any legal matter we have experienced."

"They have a very practical approach to legal matters and are able to advise us on practical strategies for our business needs."

Work highlights Represented Harden Healthcare in its combination with Gentiva Health Services, worth $410 million.

Advised a pediatric hospital system, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on the creation of a provider network comprising at least two other hospitals.

Notable practitioners  

Donna Bergeson is a vastly experienced regulatory healthcare attorney, advising a variety of industry clients on compliance issues. She recently assisted Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with the creation of an integrated provider network. Peers regard her as "a strong lawyer with a great reputation."

Mitch Mitchelson has an established litigation practice featuring particular experience with internal investigations and False Claims Act proceedings. 

Michelle Williams is a well-regarded attorney who regularly handles hospital mergers, particularly involving nonprofit entities. Recent work highlights include acting for Alameda Health System on its acquisition of Sutter San Leandro Hospital.

William Jordan possesses expertise in healthcare litigation and investigations, including False Claims Act and antikickback proceedings. One client attests: "He is a client-oriented and proactive attorney who understands our business really well."

Steven Pottle acts for a range of entities, including ancillary healthcare providers, on corporate matters such as acquisitions and affiliations. He recently co-led the representation of Harden Healthcare in its merger with Gentiva Health Services.

Significant clients Harden Healthcare Holdings, Alameda Health System, UnitedHealthcare, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Kimberly-Clark.

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What the team is known for National practice that proficiently represents clients including primary healthcare providers, manufacturers of medical supplies and pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of issues. Particularly well regarded for its regulatory expertise and ability to handle government investigations. Features unmatched bench strength in the Georgia healthcare market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are highly sophisticated with a broad, substantive knowledge base, and they are very well connected within the regulatory community."

"Our compliance program has become noticeably more sophisticated through working with them. It is a hand-in-glove relationship; we have effortless dialogue and communication."

"They offer practical and business-minded advice and explain things in a way that we can understand."

Work highlights Represented CVS Caremark in its challenge against the awarding of a significant component of the Georgia State Health Benefit Plan to a competitor. The disputed contract is valued at more than $1 billion.

Acted for Community Health Systems on its acquisition of Health Management Associates, in a deal worth $7.6 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Keenan "sees issues clearly, articulates the problems and provides helpful, realistic solutions," according to sources. He is particularly noted for his expertise in antikickback and HIPAA matters. 

Kim Roeder primarily advises healthcare providers on the implementation of programs of regulatory compliance. She possesses expertise in Affordable Care Act and Medicare cases, and has also counseled on internal investigations.

Sara Kay Wheeler is an "invaluable" resource for clients and is noted for her understanding of the regulatory landscape and strong technical knowledge. Her practice involves significant healthcare compliance, and fraud and abuse components.

James Boswell is an experienced litigator who handles matters such as government investigations and False Claims Act proceedings. Clients praise him as an "extremely hard-working and detail-oriented" attorney whose "easygoing personality allows him to get along with adversaries."

Glen Reed is regarded as "an exceptional attorney" and "a dean of the healthcare Bar" by sources. He has vast experience in matters including antitrust, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement. He recently assisted Piedmont Healthcare with the creation of an insurance plan and a connected $100 million joint venture with Wellstar Health Systems.

Significant clients Central Georgia Health Systems, Omnicare, Piedmont Healthcare, Athens Regional Health Services, GE Healthcare.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that represents clients including hospital systems and ancillary healthcare providers. Prominent in the government investigations space, acting on matters ranging from fraud and abuse cases to certificate of need applications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very strong bench with specialists in every facet of healthcare law. They are very down to earth, client-friendly and client-focused - there's no pomp and circumstance, just 'what is your issue and how can we help you?'"

"A powerhouse in the nursing home industry in Georgia."

Work highlights Advised Formation Capital on the disposal of a portfolio of healthcare real estate assets, totaling $1.05 billion, to NorthStar Realty Finance.

Assisted Curo Health Services with the healthcare regulatory aspects of its $250 million purchase of a competitor organization.

Notable practitioners  

Glenn Hendrix is a respected litigator with a strong background in False Claims Act defense and government investigations. He is particularly proficient in matters involving nursing homes and other long-term care organizations. Clients call him "an outstanding lawyer who is comprehensive in his guidance."

Hedy Rubinger recently represented Formation Capital in the sale of $1.05 billion of real estate, including 37 nursing facilities, to NorthStar Realty Finance. She also assists healthcare clients with issues such as certificates of need, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Peers report: "She is business-oriented, finding a solution that serves the best interests of the client without compromising on what is necessary."

Carol Saul provides regulatory due diligence and compliance assistance on healthcare transactions, and also has experience handling HIPAA matters. Her recent highlights include advising Georgia Regents Health System on its takeover of the management of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute. 

Jason Bring is a specialist healthcare litigator defending clients in regulatory compliance issues, privacy matters and other disputes. Clients regard him as a lawyer "who handles things swiftly and effectively."

Significant clients Gwinnett Hospital System, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Centre, PruittHealth, Genesis HealthCare, Kindred Healthcare.

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What the team is known for Highly reputable team known for its representation of long-term care providers and academic institutions. Handles a wide range of healthcare M&A, litigation and compliance work, with particular strength in clinical research issues.

What's new? A group of 25 McKenna Long & Aldridge healthcare attorneys recently joined Baker & Hostetler's Atlanta office, led by James Rawls.

Work highlights While at their previous firm, the attorneys advised Gwinnett Health System on the formation and implementation of a clinically integrated network of healthcare providers in Atlanta.

While at McKenna Long & Aldridge, acted for Northside Hospital on its opposition to the granting of a certificate of need to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, concerning the development of an outpatient surgery center.

Notable practitioners  

Kathlynn Butler Polvino specializes in counseling healthcare clients on business planning, including certificates of need and regulatory issues. While at McKenna Long, she acted for Tanner Health System on its opposition to a new $11.1 million psychiatric hospital in an adjacent county.  

Charlene McGinty impresses sources with her expertise in regulatory and transactional healthcare matters, including fraud and abuse claims and physician group alignment. While at McKenna Long, she co-led the representation of Gwinnett Health System in the creation of a clinically integrated network.

James Rawls recently joined the firm from McKenna Long. He counsels and litigates on behalf of hospital clients on a range of business issues. Clients praise him for his creative problem-solving abilities.

Emily Crosby acts on behalf of healthcare providers in financing and M&A. Sources pick out her commercial understanding and accessibility as key strengths. She recently moved to Baker & Hostetler from McKenna Long.

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What the team is known for Acts for clients on transactional and regulatory work and healthcare litigation, with expertise in areas such as Medicaid and Medicare audits, False Claim Act cases and HIPAA issues. Counsels a broad array of clients, including health systems, physician practices and outpatient surgery centers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are reputable and knowledgeable." 

"They are an excellent firm with a strong healthcare team."

Notable practitioners  

Michele Madison is described as "a very practical, very experienced and thoughtful" lawyer by sources, who also comment on her knowledge of regulatory healthcare law. She advises clients including hospitals, physician groups and long-term care organizations in areas such as employment and internal investigations.

Daniel Mohan is highly regarded for his healthcare M&A practice, with clients describing him as "professional, levelheaded and solution-oriented." Peers also commend him as "a deal-maker who recognizes the regulatory issues and navigates complicated and tense situations well."

Robert Threlkeld is identified by clients as an attorney who "looks out for our best interests but is also flexible enough to understand the need to get things done." He represents healthcare providers in a variety of matters, including fraud and abuse claims, contractual disputes and False Claims Act litigation.

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What the team is known for Represents healthcare providers in transactional and compliance matters including affiliations, M&A and reimbursement actions. Primarily acts for hospital systems and medical groups, including nonprofit organizations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent, always exceeding expectations for their clients."

"They are always accessible, they are responsive and their follow-up is outstanding."

Work highlights Represented United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia in a proposed class action suit alleging breach of contract by the State of Georgia Department of Community Health and Department of Behavorial Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Acted as relators' counsel to Saint Joseph's Hospital and Candler Hospital in False Claims Act litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned counselor John Parker is an "outstanding attorney," who is identified for his knowledge of state and federal regulatory schemes. One client reports that "he is terrific and responsive, with his finger on the pulse of every area of law that we deal with."

Paul Hudson is a prominent corporate practitioner who undertakes strategic M&A and affiliations for healthcare providers. One source acknowledges Hudson as "a true gentleman and an excellent transactional lawyer."

Jonathan Rue is a highly experienced lawyer who advises clients on a range of issues, including commercial disputes and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement matters. He recently assisted United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia with a class action suit challenging alleged underpayments under the Medicaid scheme.

Armando Basarrate is regarded as "precise, analytical, incredibly approachable and smart" by fellow practitioners. He regularly acts on healthcare compliance matters, contractual disputes and corporate governance issues.

Significant clients WellStar Health System, Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, De Vita, Phoebe Putney Health System, Northeast Georgia Health System.

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What the team is known for Advises investors, healthcare providers and other clients on compliance with regulatory requirements. Also handles matters such as whistle-blower suits, labor disputes and False Claim Act litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Stanley Jones is a highly experienced and distinguished government relations lawyer. He is particularly well known for his work in mental health law, with sources calling him "a great ally to the mental health industry."

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What the team is known for Acts for a range of clients including nonprofit hospital systems, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies. Handles diverse matters such as certificate of need litigation, privacy legislation and labor disputes. Possesses niche expertise in medical research and clinical trial matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a top-notch firm." 

"I feel that I get great service with them." 

Work highlights Advised University Hospital of Augusta on the development of two new hospitals at a total cost of around $250 million.

Represented two facilities affiliated with Universal Health Services in certificate of need oppositions to two separate hospital projects.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Herrin acts on regulatory and transactional healthcare matters, with vast experience in areas such as HIPAA legislation, M&A and corporate governance. Clients comment: "Barry's service always astounds us. He is always available, is extremely responsive and helps us to see angles that we may not have been considering." 

Lawrence Myers represents healthcare providers in a variety of litigation, including certificate of need matters and medical malpractice proceedings. He recently acted for the University Hospital of Augusta on the certificate of need aspects of two proposed hospital facilities.

Tobin Watt is credited by sources for his knowledge of the healthcare arena and his business-minded approach. His practice includes expertise in mergers, joint ventures and tax exemption issues. He recently provided legal counsel to Medical Partners of America, a healthcare real estate developer.

Significant clients Emory University Healthcare System, Mission Health, Carillion Clinics, WakeMed, Piedmont Healthcare. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Thomas William Baker of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC possesses extensive experience in healthcare matters including M&A, physician integration and reimbursement. Clients regard him to be "a very trusted source of information and our go-to expert in this area."

Summer Martin of Dentons handles a range of transactional and regulatory matters and also counsels clients on corporate governance issues. Sources assert: "She understands our business goals and how to give creative solutions to make the regulations work for the clients."

Robert Berg of Ellis Funk PC acts for physician groups and other healthcare providers on a range of commercial issues including acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures. He also advises on regulatory compliance matters. Peers note that "he has a very common-sense and non-adversarial approach that helps bring compromise."

Savannah-based Mills Fleming of HunterMaclean is a highly regarded attorney who is "well versed in regulatory and transactional matters," according to market commentators. He provides wide-ranging corporate and regulatory advice to healthcare providers.

Rebekah Plowman of Jones Day recently defended Pediatric Services of America in False Claims Act proceedings alleging retention of overpayments and fraudulent billing practices. One client comments: "She is one of the primary reasons our company's compliance program is so strong. She has an amazing ability to explain complex issues in an understandable way."

Kristen Pollock McDonald of Jones Day is an experienced healthcare litigator who regularly acts on fraud and abuse cases, government audits and investigations among other matters. Clients report that she is "very knowledgeable, very hard-working and very incisive."

James Kelly of Kelly Law Firm PC is highly regarded by peers, who comment that "he is so well respected for complex reimbursement questions that other practitioners look to him." He regularly acts for healthcare providers on Medicaid/Medicare issues, including administrative appeals and qui tam litigation.

Sidney Summers Welch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP is highly regarded for her ability to "speak the doctors' language," and as someone who "is very responsive to physician issues and can win their confidence." Her varied healthcare practice covers corporate structuring, compliance issues and litigation.

Craig Smith of Paul Hastings LLP is a well-respected transactional lawyer with significant experience representing healthcare providers, medical device companies and clinical research groups, among others. He led the representation of Novella Clinical in its merger with Quintiles.

Phillip Street of Paul Hastings LLP receives effusive praise from clients, who describe him as an "absolutely superb" attorney who stands out for his versatility and understanding of the industry. He recently represented Northeast Georgia Health Systems in a significant reorganization of a number of its services.

Tracy Field of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP undertakes a broad array of regulatory work, including compliance, government audits and reimbursement claims. Her clinical background has won praise from clients who regard her to have "immediate credibility because she has seen it from the inside - she understands the day-to-day issues."

Jill Girardeau of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP gains plaudits as an "effective negotiator who is sensitive to business realities." Clients also report her to be "very talented and knowledgeable on patient privacy matters." She regularly handles regulatory issues including HIPAA and antikickback compliance.

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