Andrea Jolliffe is a partner in the Athens Office of HBS where she has practiced since joining the firm in December, 2006. Andrea's practice is devoted exclusively to the representation and defense of public and private entities, with a particular emphasis and interest in issues related to the provision of services to special populations. Because the needs of special populations arise in multiple areas of practice, Andrea works with four of the firm's premier practice groups: Aging Services, Education, Employment and Government Liability. She is frequently called upon to handle the early resolution and defense of long-term care litigation, complex special education disputes, deficient performance in the provision of services to special populations, disability-related employment matters and claims related to the accessibility of public services.
Andrea brings a unique perspective to her work on behalf of providers of aging services. While in law school, Andrea clerked with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights Special Litigation Section where she assisted in the investigation of allegations involving the use of chemical restraints in a skilled nursing facility. After graduating from law school, Andrea was awarded a public interest fellowship representing individuals with disabilities seeking Medicaid services in alternative, community-based settings during which time she gained extensive familiarity with the complex regulatory framework that governs public health services. As an Assistant Director for Legal Affairs at the University of Georgia, Andrea was responsible for providing legal counsel and policy guidance in connection with the management and operation of the University Health Center.
Andrea's practice is now principally devoted to the representation of corporate clients in litigated matters, defending against claims of professional malpractice, negligence and resident's rights violations arising out of the operation and management of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and personal care homes. Andrea has defended facilities in litigated cases involving allegations of understaffing, under budgeting and inadequate training/supervision, whether raised within the context of a wrongful death action or a wrongful discharge claim. Andrea's thorough familiarity with the vast regulatory scheme applicable to nursing homes and assisted living communities enables her to develop a specialized and effective defense strategy for the firm's clients.