Attorney - Nichole  Hair

Attorney:

Nichole Hair
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6952
F: 404-954-5020
E: nhair@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Nichole Hair focuses her practice on defending companies and individuals in civil tort litigation, primarily medical malpractice and employment law, as well as specializing as outside counsel for the hospitality industry. Ms. Hair has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in “Georgia Super Lawyers” and is a former Magistrate Judge for Cobb County. 

In the healthcare realm, Ms. Hair has defended her clients against a broad range of claims including professional and simple negligence, fraud, battery, HIPAA and invasion of privacy violations, contractual disputes, and licensing issues.  Ms. Hair has represented healthcare providers, including Fortune 500 corporations, from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal, as well as assisting clients in other legal matters such as HIPAA compliance and medical board investigations. She is an experienced litigator and has tried cases to verdict in both federal and state courts.
 
In employment matters, Ms. Hair represents companies and organizations of all sizes, counseling them with regards to employment issues and defending them in EEOC matters and litigation. Ms. Hair counsels clients on a broad range of employment issues, including Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, ADEA, and ADA. Ms. Hair helps employees navigate the tricky interplay between FMLA leave and the ADA, as well as crafting and enforcing employment policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the federal and state laws.  Ms. Hair has drafted non-compete and non-solicitation agreements on behalf of her clients and has filed actions to enforce the same. Ms. Hair also has extensive knowledge in litigation prevention through on-site investigations, discrimination and harassment training for managers and employees, and drafting proper policies and procedures for the organization.

Prior to joining Hall Booth Smith, PC, Ms. Hair served as a lead research specialist for the Cardiology Department at Emory University School of Medicine where her research focused on vascular inflammatory responses as they pertain to the development of atherosclerosis, angiogenesis and hypertensive vascular disease.  Ms. Hair has also participated in extensive research for Na+ receptors  studying the physiological systems involved with the regulation of salts, water and pH in aquatic organisms. 

Ms. Hair received her J.D. with honors from the Georgia State University School of Law, where she was on the Law Review Board, as well as Moot Court.  Ms. Hair was recognized for her commitment to Pro Bono work and was nominated as Employment Law Student Scholar of the Year by the Atlanta Bar Association.  Ms. Hair obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University, in Biology, with an emphasis in Molecular Biology, where she was a Bell Honors Scholar and a President's Scholarship Recipient.

Practice Areas

Aging Services

Ms. Hair represents both long term care and residential care facilities, physician groups, and insurers in liability, regulatory, and insurance coverage issues. She has defended nursing homes in cases ranging from negligent care, decubitus ulcers, injuries to residents resulting from bed transfers, slip and falls, etc. and cases alleging resident abuse and neglect, among others.

General Liability

Ms. Hair has experience in litigating many different types of civil litigation, including numerous general liability claims. She has represented business owners, hospitals, retail stores, restaurants, homeowners and other owners and occupiers of land in different types of premises liability actions where injuries ranged from the soft tissue injury to the more significant cases of neurologic impairment.

Products Liability

Ms. Hair concentrates her product liability practice on the defense of pharmaceuticals and medical device companies. She helps her clients prepare for and minimize risks and also defends them against claims of personal injury or property damage.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Ms. Hair concentrates her professional negligence practice on the defense of hospital entities, private practice physicians and health care systems in Georgia, undertaking the representation of both hospitals and physicians, nurses, and other licensed personnel in medical malpractice litigation. Her experience includes defending clients in claims of alleged negligent care and treatment, negligent misdiagnosis, lack of consent, and wrongful death from the claim stage through resolution.

Education

Georgia Southern University, BS (1999)
Georgia State University, cum laude, JD (2007)

Admitted

Georgia
United States District Court, Northern Distirct of Georgia
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Membership

Atlanta Bar Association
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Bar Association
Atlanta Claims Association
Defense Research Institute
Georgia Lawyers Association

Publications

Legislative History of SB 529: Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, 23 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 247 (2007), co-authored by Valerie Barney, Katharine Field, and Nichole Hair

Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014-2017