Frances G. Prockop

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Frances G. Prockop



Frances G. Prockop is a Partner in our Tampa office with more than three decades of legal experience. She specializes in medical malpractice defense and health care litigation, and draws on her previous experience as a plaintiff attorney when developing strategy and defending cases in the courtroom. She also defends clients in general liability and premises liability matters.

Fran represents hospitals, urgent care centers, physician groups, pharmacies and other health care providers in a wide range of negligence and liability claims including high-exposure cases such as traumatic injury.

Earlier in her career, Fran practiced nursing at a major regional hospital and continued working as a nurse while attending law school. She also directed the risk management department at Tampa General Hospital. Her first-hand experience and knowledge of the pressure and stress health care professionals face during every patient encounter help inform her law practice and her approach to defending and resolving cases.

Fran earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Service Specific Experience

Fran has more than 35 years of experience in the legal profession, and defends health care organizations and providers in a wide range of medical malpractice, liability and other health care related matters. She was formerly a nurse and risk management administrator for a major hospital in Tampa. Her knowledge at the intersection of law and medicine is a valuable asset on every client matter, and she works closely with leadership teams to ensure her approach supports business goals and long-term strategy.


  • Florida state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • J.D., Stetson University
  • B.S.N., Vanderbilt University


  • American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association


Frequently invited to speak to the American Society of Neuroimaging, the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses, the Association of Registered Dieticians, and seminars for major hospital systems and medical schools.

In the Press

Hall Booth Smith Adds Four Attorneys in its Tampa Office

TAMPA, FL – January 28, 2022 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has added four attorneys to its Tampa office as the firm expands to serve its health care clients in the state of Florida. Frances G. Prockop is a Partner in our Tampa office with more than three decades of legal experience. She represents
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