Attorney - Ryan Donihue

Attorney:

Ryan Donihue
Partner
HBS Asheville Office
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6948
F: 404-954-5020
E: rdonihue@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Ryan M. Donihue is a Partner in the HBS Atlanta and Asheville offices. 
Mr. Donihue received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1997. He earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2000. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New York and Connecticut.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Donihue was a Partner with Martin Clearwater & Bell, LLP, which was the oldest medical malpractice defense and health-care firm in New York state. He focuses his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians and nurses in birth trauma, catastrophic injury and complex malpractice actions. He is also the co-leader of the Dental Practice Group at HBS.
Mr. Donihue also represents dentists and other dental providers, podiatrists, psychologists and other health-care professionals in medical malpractice cases and related issues. He has extensive experience representing health-care professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Mr. Donihue lectures throughout the country on the defense of complex medical and dental malpractice actions to professionals, health-care institutions and insurance companies.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Donihue was an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department, in the Medical Malpractice Unit of the Office of the Corporation Counsel where he represented hospitals and healthcare providers in New York state. 

Practice Areas

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Mr. Donihue focuses his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, midwives, nurses and institutional employees in birth trauma and catastrophic injury cases. He also represents and defends health-care institutions, private practices, physicians, psychologists, nurses, physician assistants, medical students and medical practice staff members in complex medical malpractice actions from inception through trial. Mr. Donihue has extensive experience representing health-care professionals before State Boards in licensing and disciplinary matters. Finally, he has lectured at hospital grand rounds, discussing the increasing trends in malpractice actions, state investigations and professional discipline cases.
Psychiatry, Psychology and Mental Health
Mr. Donihue has extensive experience representing psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health providers in complex malpractice actions and disciplinary actions. Defense in the field of psychiatry, psychology and mental health matters requires a significant decree of expertise which Mr. Donihue has continually demonstrated from pre-suit investigations through trial. Additionally, Mr. Donihue has successfully represented various psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff and mental health providers before state disciplinary boards.
Opioid Defense Task Force
Mr. Donihue is a member of the HBS Opioid Defense Task Force. He has extensive experience in the defense of healthcare providers, practices and institutions in county, state and federal investigations pertaining to the prescription and administration of opioids and other related drugs to patients. Mr. Donihue has successful represented numerous healthcare providers in malpractice actions involving drug/opioid prescriptions; patient monitoring of drugs/opioids; allegations surrounding overdosing, and drug interaction. He has also represented a significant amount of healthcare, dental and mental health providers before state disciplinary boards as it related to opioid and classified prescription drugs.
Podiatry
Mr. Donihue has extensive experience representing podiatrists in malpractice actions. With the increasing trend of malpractice suits against podiatrists and their practices, Mr. Donihue successfully defends podiatrists and their practices from the inception of the lawsuits through trial. Additionally, he often counsels podiatrists on ways to take affirmative steps in their practices to avoid potential malpractice actions and investigations of the State Board.

Education

New York Law School, J.D., 2000
University of Puget Sound, B.A., 1997

Admitted

North Carolina, 2017
Georgia, 2015
Texas, 2015
New York, 2000
Connecticut, 2000

Publications

"Demystifying the Office of Professional Discipline and its Investigative Process", Martin Clearwater & Bell Defense Practice Update, Donihue, R. and Larywon, K., October 2014.
"Defending a Lack of Informed Consent Claim in Mini-Dental Implant Surgery.” Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company Dental Dateline, Fall 2011.
“The Responsibilities of the General Dentist to Screen Patients for Oral Cancers.”, Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP Bulletin, Summer 2011.

Presentations

Rising Tide of Civil Litigation: Defense of Dentists & Battling Expert Testimony, Georgia Dental Association’s Annual Meeting at Amelia Island, July 2017
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation, California Dental Association, May 2017
Panel discussion:"Discover the Lost Tribes: Physician Malpractice Panel”, Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference in Miami, FL, April 2017
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation, Annual Hinman Dental Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel, March 2017 
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation,American Dental Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, October 2016 
CNA Dental Professional Liability Risk Management seminar, October 2016
Ethics, Jurisprudence and Dentistry, Georgia Regents University, March 2016
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation, American Dental Association's156th ADA Annual Session, November 11, 2015
Invited Speaker, American Conference Institute, "Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: Liability Issues and Scope of Practice."
Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, “Elopement and Related Issues.”
Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, “Documentation and Disclosure of Protected Pediatric Patient Information.”
Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, New York Medical College, Depatrment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, “Rising Malpractice Trends in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.”
Invited Speaker, City University of New York Department of Health Sciences, “Defensive Practice Techniques by Healthcare Workers.”
Invited Speaker, City University of New York Department of Health Sciences, “Step-by-Step Approach to Defending Malpractice Actions and Relate Healthcare Issues.”
Invited Speaker, City University of New York Department of Health Sciences, “Successful Approach to Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

Memberships

North Carolina State Bar Association
Georgia State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association, Healthcare Committee
Conneticut State Bar Association, Healthcare Committee
American Society For Cytotechnology
Defense Research Institute
American Bar Association
National Institute, Trial Lawyers Association
Physician Insurers Association of America