We are excited to congratulate four HBS partners, John Hall, Paul Justice, Jack Gresh and James Looper, with receiving recognitions in The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine’s 2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law” recognitions. As a leading provider of news and information to the legal industry, American Lawyer Media teamed with Martindale-Hubbell to highlight these nominated healthcare lawyers in the November issue.
John E. Hall, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith. John specializes in the defense of high exposure cases including medical malpractice, construction, commercial litigation, mass torts, transportation, and products liability. John has established himself as one of the top litigators in the health care field and has tried over 100 cases to resolution. John represents hospitals and health care systems in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and  Alabama, as well as representing hospitals in the southwestern US for various insurance carriers as part of National Counsel programs. He specializes in cases of birth trauma injuries and other high exposure catastrophic injury cases.

Paul Justice, partner in the Atlanta office, has extensive experience in healthcare law. He has personally represented hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers with a wide variety of corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, including compliance with the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Prior to working with HBS, Paul served as Associate General Counsel for Emory University and Emory Healthcare and as Vice President and General Counsel of Saint Joseph’s Health System for nearly ten years. He currently serves as president of the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys and was also formerly the chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Jack Gresh is the managing partner of the Charleston, SC office.  Licensed in Georgia and South Carolina, Jack has defended hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, staffing agencies, and other medical defendants in medical malpractice cases involving alleged negligent care and treatment, negligent misdiagnosis, lack of consent, and wrongful death. Additionally, Jack has extensive experience in cases of obstetrical malpractice and neurologic injury. Jack has great experience in counseling hospitals and other healthcare providers in HIPAA compliance, document production, document retention, policy administration and development as an outside general counsel.  Jack's experience as a litigator and outside general counsel provides a unique perspective on the difficulties faced by healthcare providers.

James E. Looper, Jr., partner in the Nashville office, is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. Prior to law school, he had an extensive medical background and is well versed in many areas aside from strictly healthcare law. In the medical arena, he represents clients on numerous aspects of the business in addition to litigation of medical issues. James advises clients on issues from HIPAA to EMTALA and has represented clients in areas of peer review, privileging, credentialing, state board investigations, and other licensing-related issues. He is also involved with assisting in hospital ethics committees and mental health commitment issues. James currently serves as an assistant chair of the firm’s medical malpractice practice group and is also serving on the board of the Wang foundation for Sight Relied and the board of the Hospital Hospitality House.

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is a full-service law firm with nine regional offices in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. For more than twenty years, HBS has delivered quality legal services with a mission “to ethically and professionally serve our clients by providing the highest quality legal representation in a personally satisfying firm environment.”
 
We again congratulate John, Paul, Jack and James on achieving the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.