Attorney - John E. Hall, Jr.

Attorney:

John E. Hall, Jr.
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6927
F: 404-954-5020
E: jhall@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

John E. Hall, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. He is dedicated to making the firm the finest litigation firm in the Southeast.

John Hall specializes in the defense of high exposure cases, including medical malpractice, construction, commercial litigation, mass torts, transportation, and products liability. During his legal career, he has tried in excess of 100 cases to resolution. His expertise in high exposure birth trauma and catastrophic cases resulted in his being named National Counsel for several major insurance carriers. This National Counsel Program establishes a litigation approach, which enables a team of specialized attorneys to become involved and assist local counsel on high exposure cases at all phases of the legal process.

John Hall also maintains a corporate practice in International, International Trade and Finance, Arbitration/Mediation, Business Structures, Health Care, and Commercial Litigation.

John Hall is the firm's primary contact and a member of the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network. USLAW is an organization of independent law firms with offices throughout the United States. USLAW provides high quality legal services without unnecessary expense to the client.

John Hall is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and speaks at a number of continuing legal education programs. In addition, he is closely involved in developing and providing educational materials to clients.

Mr. Hall currently serves as an Honorary Consul to the Country of Georgia and as Chairman of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee where he actively engages in developing international relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia.

Practice Areas

Appellate

John Hall’s practice includes arguing complex defense liability cases to Courts of last resort in multiple jurisdictions. He has successfully appeared many times before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia, and formulates all arguments with the goal of termination of proceedings in favor of the firm’s clients. As a gifted orator, he has often been selected to take a case from trial through final appeal.

Education

Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia - JD, 1984
Mercer University, Macon, Georgia - BA, 1981

Admitted

Georgia - 1984
Tennessee - 2003
Alabama - 2014
North Carolina - 2016
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Membership

State Bar of Georgia
Tennessee Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
USLAW Network, Inc.
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Atlanta Claims Association
Insurance Professionals of Atlanta
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Georgia Society for Healthcare Risk Management
Georgia Hospital Association
Council on Litigation Management
RIMS -Risk Management Society
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine’s 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law

Super Lawyers 2005-2017

The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2016

U.S. News Best Lawyers 2010

Georgia Trend Magazine's 2010 Legal Elite

James Magazine, 2012 Most Influential Persons in Georgia

James Magazine, 2015 Most Influential Persons in Georgia

Ranked in the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012

Atlanta Magazine, Top Attorneys in Georgia, March 2015

Presentations/Publications

ACI's 15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims,co-presenter on the topic of  "Damages and Life Care Plans", July 17  2016, Philadelphia, PA.
ATA Litigation Center's Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, "Counsel's 'Baffle' Against the Surge of Inflated Damages"; June 21 2016, Bellevue, Washington.
New York Medical Defense Bar Association, "Reptile Theory",  June 14, 2016, New York, NY
23rd Annual First Coast Infectious Disease/Clinical Microbiology Symposium, John Hall presented on the topic “What is Expected of You as an Expert Witness” on January 29, 2016, St. Augustine, FL.
LifePoint Health Risk Management and Claims In-House Seminar, John E. Hall, Jr. copresented on current trends including Reptile, Damages Defenses, Endoscopic Sterilization claims, National Panel Counsel for Catastrophic Injury litigation, January 2016, Brentwood,TN.
AIG Healthcare Seminar, John Hall presented on the topic of “Defining Medical Damages: Changing the Landscape of Damages Analysis” , December 2015, New York, NY.
2015 PIAA Claims and Risk Management / Patient Safety Workshop, John Hall presented on the topic of “Recognizing and Combatting the Reptile Attack”, November, 2015, New Orleans, LA.
Gwinnett Medical Center’s Department of OB/GYN Conference, John Hall and his partner Nichole Hair presented on the topic of: “Obstetrics Medical Malpractice Claims: Analysis of Closed Litigation Claim Study”, November, 2015, Lawrenceville, GA.
Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2015, Vol. 67.
American Conference Forum on Medical Liability Claims, Coverage & Risk Management, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of “How to Use the ACA as Part of Your Legal Defense in Future Damage Matters”, October, 2015, New York, NY.
USLAW Fall 2015 Client Conference, John Hall presented during the Professional Liability Session on “Should we be Taking More Cases to Trial?” September, 2015, Boston, MA.
Article published in DRI For The Defense Publication, August 2015, “Are we Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried”.
American Conference Institute’s 14th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of “The Reptile Theory: Implementing Effective Litigation Strategies Between Client and Counsel to Counter Reptilian Tactics”, June 23, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
LT Risk Legal Forum, John E. Hall, Jr. was a keynote speaker, speaking on How to Identify and Defeat Plaintiff ’s Use of the Reptile Theory, March, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Georgia Hospital Association In-House Counsel Association Meeting, John E. Hall, Jr., presented on the Status of Tort Reform and Spoliation, February 2015, Atlanta, Georgia.
Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2014, Vol. 66.
American Conference Institute’s 13th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of “Trial and Jury Strategy: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to your Advantage When Gearing Up For an Obstetric Malpractice Trial”, June 25-26, 2014, Philadelphia, PA
USLAW Professional Liability Exchange 2014, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presented on the topic of: “A Fearless Response to the Reptile Theory; How to Get Back to Law and Facts” , June 17, 2014, Jersey City, NJ
Endurance Insurance Healthcare Symposium 2014, John E. Hall, Jr., was a presenter on the topic of: The Reptile Strategy and Defending High Damages Cases May 8, 2014, New Orleans, LA
DRI Products Liability Seminar, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of: “Reptile - A Manual for the Plaintiffs’ Revolution”, April 10, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona
AIG Seminar: Defining Damages for Medical Expenses in the Age of the Affordable Care Act, John E. Hall, Jr., was a presenter on the topic of Affordable Care Act, December 11, 2013, New York, New York.
University of Alabama Hospital’s 2013 Grand Rounds, John E. Hall, Jr., spoke to the medical faculty at the University of Alabama Hospital regarding medical and legal issues, October 25, 2013, Birmingham, Alabama.
Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2013, Vol. 65.
CHS Annual Risk Management Seminar: Virtual Care, John E. Hall, Jr., was a presenter on the topic of: “Current Case Studies Involving Telemedicine; Specifically, Successful Defense of Cases Involving Teleradiology,” September 26, 2013, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, North Carolina
9th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of: “Countering Plaintiff ’s Techniques in Catastrophic Cases and Allowing the Jury to Find for You,” September 10, 2013, Uncasville, CT
American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of “Assessing the Monetary Value of a Case, Determining Damages, and Making the Decision to Settle”, June 26, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, John E. Hall, Jr., was a co-presenter on the topic of “The State of Obstetric Malpractice: Litigation Trends, Insurance Developments, New Theories of Liability, Emerging Defense Strategies, Evolving Standards of Care, and More”, June 26, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff ’s Revolution Open Discussion, Presentation at Mednax National Medical Group’s 2013 Defense Counsel Panel Meeting, May 23, 2013, Miami, FL
Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, John Hall, along with John S. Moore (Swiss Reinsurance), Lisa Mesiter (Healthcare Indemnity, Inc.), Mark Solheim (Larson King, LLP) and Linda Mittleman, (UAB Health System), presented on the topic of: Handling and Defending Your Worst Exposure Case Successfully, April 18, 2013, Boston, MA
ProAssurance Social Media Monitoring Seminar, John Hall and Drew Graham presented on the topic: A Volatile Mix: Liability Cases, Juror Misconduct, and Social Media, April 10, 2013, Nashville, TN
AIG Internal Birth Trauma Seminar, John Hall presented on the topics: Standard of Care and Reptile Theory, March 27, 2013, Jersey City, NJ
DRI Medical Liability Health Care Law Seminar, John Hall and Dr. Roberto Heros presented on the topic of: Defending High Risk and Catastrophic Neurosurgical Injuries, March 21, 2013, Tampa, FL
American Conference Institute’s 2nd Annual Summit for Med Mal and other Personal Injury Leaders on Brain Injury Claims and Litigation, John Hall moderated panel discussions on the topic of Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Evaluation and Settlement of Cases, Insurance Coverage, and More, March 14-15, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
Introduction to Legal Process in the United States, Effect of Dodd Frank and Solvency II, and Practical Experiences, Presentation for senior auditors from the China National Audit Office, Hall Booth Smith, PC offices, Atlanta, GA, February 22, 2013.
Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2012, Vol. 64.
Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring And Related Legal Issues, Presentation for SVMIC, Nashville, TN, June 20, 2012.
Catastrophic Exposure Team Presentation, Presentation for OneBeacon Insurance,
Sympathy in High Exposure Aging Services Cases: Lessons Learned from Recent Trials, Presentation for CNA HealthPro, June 12-13, 2012, Albuquerque, NM
Enterprise Best Practices in the Cyber World, Presentation at RIMS Conference, Philadelphia, April 2012.
Insuring the Butterfly Effect in Brand Protection, Supply Chain Vulnerability and Contingent Business Interruption, Panel Participant, USLAW Client Conference, Dana Point, CA, April 2012.
Presenter Closed Head Brain Injury: Creating The Right Strategy At The Outset To Prove Your Case And Establishing Alternative Causation Theories, American Conference Institute’s Brain Injury Litigation Summit, Philadelphia, PA, March 29-30, 2012.
Panel 1&2 Moderator regarding In-House Corporate and Insurer Panel on Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Managing Claims, and Settlement Negotiations, American Conference Institute’s Brain Injury Litigation Summit, Philadelphia, PA, March 29-30, 2012.
Litigation Strategies, Presentation given at University of Alabama at Birmingham Professional Liability Trust Fund Retreat, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 2012
Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2011, Vol.63.
Apparent Agency In Healthcare: What Dangers Lurk Behind The White Jacket?; Panel participant, Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2011
USLAW Cyber Risk Assessment Counsel Program: A Closer Look – Privilege Has Its Privilege; Panel participant, Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2011
Moderator, for USLAW Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2011.
Doing Business in Latin America, Presentation for USLAW Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2011.
Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia, Presentation for Firemans Fund Insurance, Chicago, IL, September 21, 2011.
Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia, Presentation for CNA Insurance, Chicago, IL, September 21, 2011.
Understanding the Effect of State and Local Jurisdictions and the Impact on Risk, Presentation hosted by USLAW Network, Inc., and Bowring Marsh (Bermuda), LTD., Fairmont Hamilton Princess Bermuda Resort, September 12 and 13, 2011.
Top Ten Things We Hope Plaintiff ’s Attorney Will Do, Presentation for the American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice, Philadelphia, PA, July 27-28, 2011.
Fetal Monitoring and Surveillance: Ensuring the Correct Interpretation and Response, Presentation for the American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice, Philadelphia, PA, July 27-28, 2011.
Assessing the Monetary Value of a Case and Mitigating Damages, Presentation for the American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice, Philadelphia, PA, July 27-28, 2011.
Co-Chair and Opening Remarks, For the American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice, Philadelphia, PA, July 27-28, 2011.
Effective National Representation, Presentation at Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Boot Camp, in Cooperation with USLAW Network, London, England, June 2011.
Understanding Organizational Vision and How to Make it Brighter, Presentation at USLAW Spring 2011 Client Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 31, 2011
Understanding the Effect of State and Local Jurisdictions and the Effect Such has on Risk, Presentation at Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Boot Camp, in Cooperation with USLAW Network, London, England, February 2011.
Georgia Tort Reform Act of 2005: Where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going, Presentation for The GA Society of Plastic Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia, December 2010.
What Happens When The Floor Below Crumbles - A Review Of Insolvency Below On The Reinsurer, Presentation for IADC Regional Meeting, New York, December 2010
Hot Topics In Malpractice Litigation And Anatomy Of A Malpractice Lawsuit, presentation for Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2010.
A 21st Century Mock Trial, Presentation for the ASHRM 2010 Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida, October 2010.
Trends In Obstetrical Liability, Presentation for CNA, May 2010.
Obstetrical Liability Issues, Presentation for Chartis Insurance Company to Carolinas Hospital Network, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 2010.
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