Attorney - Ashley  Heslop

Attorney:

Ashley Heslop
Of Counsel
HBS Charleston Office

P: 843-720-3473
E: aheslop@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Ashley Heslop is Of Counsel in our Charleston office. She has been practicing in the area of professional liability defense for over 13 years. Ms. Heslop enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level and helping them navigate the litigation process. She believes that a thorough investigation of a claim is the best way to serve her clients so they understand the issues and can evaluate how to move forward based on the most complete information possible. She is experienced in representing individual health providers in state licensing board matters. 
Ms. Heslop received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her B.A. from Wofford College. Since 2014, Ms. Heslop has been named as one of Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Medical Malpractice Defense. Outside of her practice, she serves as an Elder and member of several committees at her church, Summerville Presbyterian. She also is currently serving a second term as chairperson of the School Improvement Council (SIC) at her daughters' elementary school.

Practice Areas

Aging Services

Ms. Heslop has worked with long term care providers throughout her 13 years of practice.  She has extensive experience working with and defending all types of long term care providers including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health, and hospice.  She actively works with clients to evaluate claims prior to suit being filed and handles all aspects of litigation.  She assists providers directly in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters and guides them through the Guardianship and Conservatorship requirements in South Carolina.

Correctional Health Care

Ms. Heslop has defended numerous healthcare providers in the correctional setting. She has represented contract healthcare provider companies, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and dentists in both represented and pro se matters.  She has extensive experience with Section 1983 claims and has received Summary Judgment, dismissals, or favorable outcomes for her clients.

Dental

Ms. Heslop has represented dentists and dental practices in South Carolina for the majority of her practice.  She defends providers in all aspects of litigation.  She also regularly handles complaints, investigations, and hearings before the South Carolina Board of Dentistry.  She is general counsel to dental providers on risk management issues, documentation, regulatory matters, and other aspects of practice management.

General Liability

Ms. Heslop has defended clients in cases involving personal injury throughout her career including premises liability and general negligence claims.  These cases run the gamut in their facts, parties, and value.  She uses her experience to determine the best strategy to represent the carrier and defendant to achieve their desired resolution.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Ms. Heslop is proud to have represented medical providers throughout her career.  She has defended hospitals, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, therapists, laboratories, and technicians.  She has handled cases from the inception of an investigation through all aspects of litigation.   Ms. Heslop also represents providers in complaint investigations and actions before licensing boards. 

Education

B.A. English and Government, Wofford College, 1999
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2003

Admitted

South Carolina Bar, 2003
United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 2004
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 2006

Presentations

"Nursing Home Abuse: Is it Really Abuse", Charleston County Bar Association,“What Works” CLE, February 2016

"Medical Malpractice: Not if, but when”, Medical University of South Carolina, yearly presentations from 2006-present

"Resident Rights v. Resident Safety: A New Frontier of Legal Claims", Argentum South Carolina Annual Convention, October 3, 2016

"Emerging Legal Trends: Employees and Social Media in Healthcare", SCONL/SC ASHRM/SCAHQ Joint Meeting, December 2, 2016

"2017 SCHA Legislative Update", 2017 GSHRM Annual Conference, May 10-12, 2017

Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Stars-Medical Malpractice Defense, 2014-2016

Memberships

DRI Member, 2012-present- Medical and Health Care Liability Committee, Professional Liability Committee, Women in Law, and Diversity Committees
SC Defense Trial Lawyers Association
SC Women Lawyers Association