John E. Hall, Jr.

191 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303

John E. Hall, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith, and he is dedicated to making it the finest litigation firm in the Southeast.

John specializes in the defense of high exposure cases, including medical malpractice, construction, commercial litigation, mass torts, transportation and products liability. During his legal career, he has tried more than 100 cases to resolution.

His expertise in high exposure birth trauma and catastrophic cases resulted in his being named National Counsel for several major insurance carriers. This National Counsel Program establishes a litigation approach, which enables a team of specialized attorneys to become involved and assist local counsel on high exposure cases at all phases of the legal process.

John also maintains a robust corporate practice in International, International Trade and Finance, Arbitration/Mediation, Business Structures, Health Care and Commercial Litigation.

John is the firm’s primary contact and a member of the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network, a premier organization of independent law firms with offices throughout the United States that provides high quality legal services without unnecessary expense to clients.

He is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and is often invited to speak at industry gatherings and continuing legal education programs. In addition, he is closely involved in developing and providing educational materials to clients.

John serves as an Honorary Consul to the Country of Georgia, and is Chairman of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee where he actively engages in developing international relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia.

ADMITTED

  • Alabama – 2013
  • Georgia – 1984
  • North Carolina – 2016
  • Tennessee – 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1984
  • B.A., Mercer University,1981

PUBLICATIONS

  • “For The Defense, Litigation Financing — The Ethical Quandary,” Co-authored with Jordan S. Johnson, January 2018.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2017, Vol. 69.
  • “Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Article published in Mercy Healthcare Litigation Attorney Conference, and John E. Hall, Jr. presented on the topic in Chesterfield, Missouri, December, 2017.
  • “Are we Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried,” Article published in Inside Medical Liability, A PIAA Publication for the Medical Professional Liability Community, 2017 First Quarter.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2017, Vol. 69.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2016, Vol. 68.
  • “Are we Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried,” Article published in Inside Medical Liability, A PIAA Publication for the Medical Professional Liability Community, 2017 First Quarter.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2016, Vol. 68.
  • “An Insurer’s Duty to Settle: The Law in Georgia,” Article published in Georgia Bar Journal, Volume 22, Number 1, August 2016.
  • Spoliation Analysis Following Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016.
  • “Are We Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried,” DRI For The Defense Publication, August 2015.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2015, Vol. 67.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2014, Vol. 66.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2013, Vol. 65.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2012, Vol. 64.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2011, Vol.63.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Hospital Association
  • Georgia Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Gwinnett Bar Association
  • Insurance Professionals of Atlanta
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Physician Insurers Association of America, PIAA
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • RIMS -Risk Management Society
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers 2005-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2009-2018
  • James Magazine, Most Influential and Politically-Connected Attorneys 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, “2017 Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants in Atlanta
  • James Magazine, Most Influential Persons in Georgia, 2016
  • James Magazine, Most Influential Persons in Georgia, 2015
  • Atlanta Magazine, Top Attorneys in Georgia, 2015
  • American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine’s Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law, 2013
  • James Magazine, Most Influential Persons in Georgia, 2012
  • Ranked in the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012 attorneys
  • Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2010
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 2010

Presentations

“A Comprehensive Guide for Defending Opioid Claims,” Jill Bechtold, Jacquelyn S. Clarke, John E. Hall, Jr., Stephanie R. McDonald, Jacob Raehn, Annalese Reese. Hall Booth Smith, March 2018.
“Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Mercy Healthcare Litigation Attorney Conference, John E. Hall, Jr. presented on the topic in Chesterfield, Missouri, December 2017.
“Tips on Negotiating,” Ascension Risk Services, John E. Hall, Jr., presented to the claims department in St. Louis, Missouri, December 2017.
“Is New Always Better? Recent Developments in Obstetric Malpractice Litigation,” John E. Hall, Jr. presented to Gwinnett Hospital’s Department of OB/GYN in Atlanta, Georgia, November 2017.
“Emerging Legal Trends in Medical Liability,” 13th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2017.
“The Anatomy of a Trial: Successful Outcomes When the Odds are Against Your Clients,” ALF Litigation Seminar in Atlanta, 2017.
“Georgia’s Business Relations, Policies, Incentives and Litigation Issues,” Atlanta Chinese Entrepreneur Club, August 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” RSUI Annual Claims Seminar in Atlanta, April 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” ALASHRM 2017 Education Day in Montgomery, Alabama, April 2017.
“Damages Role in a Lawsuit,” ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company in Missoula, Montana, April 2017.
“Current Trends in Healthcare Liability: A Baker’s Dozen, Plus One,” The Bermuda Healthcare Forum in Bermuda, March 2017.
“Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance’s Healthcare Underwriting Meeting in Atlanta, January 2017.
“Defending Damages Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” Ascension Risk Services online webinar, November 2016.
“Defending Damages in All Exposure Cases,” USLAW Fall 2016 Client Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2016.
“Emerging Legal Trends: Employees and Social Media in Healthcare,” 12th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2016.
“Catastrophic Claims,” HBS Seminar in the South in Tifton, Georgia, August 2016.
“Has the Reptile Lost Its Venom?” LTC Risk Legal Forum in Chicago, August 2016.
“Tips on Negotiating,” Ascension Risk Services in St. Louis, Missouri, December 2017.
“Is New Always Better? Recent Developments in Obstetric Malpractice Litigation,” Gwinnett Hospital’s Department of OB/GYN in Atlanta, November 2017.
“Emerging Legal Trends in Medical Liability,” 13th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2017.
“The Anatomy of a Trial: Successful Outcomes When the Odds are Against Your Clients,” ALF Litigation Seminar in Atlanta, September 2017.
“Georgia’s Business Relations, Policies, Incentives and Litigation Issues,” Atlanta Chinese Entrepreneur Club in Atlanta, August 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” RSUI Annual Claims Seminar in Atlanta, April 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” ALASHRM 2017 Education Day in Montgomery, Alabama, April 2017.
“Damages Role in a Lawsuit,” ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company in Missoula, Montana, April 2017.
“Current Trends in Healthcare Liability: A Baker’s Dozen, Plus One,” The Bermuda Healthcare Forum in Bermuda, March 2017.
“Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance’s Healthcare Underwriting Meeting in Atlanta, January 2017.
“Defending Damages Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” Ascension Risk Services online webinar, November 2016.
“Defending Damages in All Exposure Cases,” USLAW Fall 2016 Client Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2016.
“Emerging Legal Trends: Employees and Social Media in Healthcare,” 12th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2016.
“Catastrophic Claims,” HBS Seminar in the South in Tifton, Georgia, August 2016.
“Has the Reptile Lost Its Venom?” LTC Risk Legal Forum in Chicago, August 2016.
“Damages and Life Care Plans,” ACI’s 15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2016.
“Counsel’s ‘Baffle’ Against the Surge of Inflated Damages,” ATA Litigation Center’s Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel in Bellevue, Washington, June 2016.
“Reptile Theory,” New York Medical Defense Bar Association in New York City, June 2016.
Spoliation Analysis Following Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016
“Defining Damages: Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” OneBeacon Insurance Group Annual Healthcare Meeting in Farmington, Connecticut, June 2016.
“Social Media’s Impact on Professional Liability Claims,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society Midwest Chapter Workshop in Chicago, May 2016.
“An Insurer’s Duty to Settle: The Law in Georgia,” GAHA 2016 Health Care Law Update and Annual Meeting in Atlanta, John Hall presented on Case Law Updates, May 2016.
“Damages and Life Care Plans,” ACI’s 15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2016.
“Counsel’s ‘Baffle’ Against the Surge of Inflated Damages,” ATA Litigation Center’s Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel in Bellevue, Washington, June 2016.
“Reptile Theory,” New York Medical Defense Bar Association in New York City, June 2016.
“Defining Damages: Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” OneBeacon Insurance Group Annual Healthcare Meeting in Farmington, Connecticut, June 2016.
“Social Media’s Impact on Professional Liability Claims,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society Midwest Chapter Workshop in Chicago, May 2016.
GAHA 2016 Health Care Law Update and Annual Meeting, John Hall presented on Case Law Updates, May 6, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
“What is Expected of You as an Expert Witness,” 23rd Annual First Coast Infectious Disease/Clinical Microbiology Symposium in St. Augustine, Florida, January 2016.
Presentation on Reptile, Damages Defenses, Endoscopic Sterilization claims, LifePoint Health Risk Management and Claims In-House Seminar, Brentwood, Tennessee, January 2016.
“Defining Medical Damages: Changing the Landscape of Damages Analysis,” AIG Healthcare Seminar in New York City, December 2015.
“Recognizing and Combatting the Reptile Attack,” PIAA Claims and Risk Management / Patient Safety Workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2015.
“Obstetrics Medical Malpractice Claims: Analysis of Closed Litigation Claim Study,” Gwinnett Medical Center’s Department of OB/GYN Conference in Lawrenceville, Georgia, November 2015.
“How to Use the ACA as Part of Your Legal Defense in Future Damage Matters,” American Conference Forum on Medical Liability Claims, Coverage & Risk Management in New York City, October 2015.
“Should we be Taking More Cases to Trial?” USLAW Fall 2015 Client Conference in Boston, September 2015.
“The Reptile Theory: Implementing Effective Litigation Strategies Between Client and Counsel to Counter Reptilian Tactics,” American Conference Institute’s 14th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2015.
“How to Identify and Defeat Plaintiff ’s Use of the Reptile Theory,” Keynote Speaker at LT Risk Legal Forum in Las Vegas, March 2015.
“Status of Tort Reform and Spoliation,” Presented to the Georgia Hospital Association In-House Counsel Association Meeting in Atlanta, February 2015.
“Trial and Jury Strategy: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to your Advantage When Gearing Up For an Obstetric Malpractice Trial,” American Conference Institute’s 13th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2014.
“A Fearless Response to the Reptile Theory; How to Get Back to Law and Facts,” USLAW Professional Liability Exchange in Jersey City, New Jersey, June 2014.
“The Reptile Strategy and Defending High Damages Cases,” Endurance Insurance Healthcare Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2014.
“Reptile – A Manual for the Plaintiffs’ Revolution,” DRI Products Liability Seminar in Phoenix, April 2014.
“Defining Damages for Medical Expenses in the Age of the Affordable Care Act,” AIG Seminar in New York City, December 2013.
Presentation on medical and legal issues to the medical faculty at the University of Alabama Hospital’s 2013 Grand Rounds in Birmingham, Alabama, October 2013.
“Current Case Studies Involving Telemedicine; Specifically, Successful Defense of Cases Involving Teleradiology,” CHS Annual Risk Management Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 2013.
“Countering Plaintiff ’s Techniques in Catastrophic Cases and Allowing the Jury to Find for You,” 9th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2013,
“Assessing the Monetary Value of a Case, Determining Damages, and Making the Decision to Settle,” American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2013.
“The State of Obstetric Malpractice: Litigation Trends, Insurance Developments, New Theories of Liability, Emerging Defense Strategies, Evolving Standards of Care, and More,” American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2013.
“Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution Open Discussion,” Mednax National Medical Group Defense Counsel Panel Meeting in Miami, May 2013.
“Handling and Defending Your Worst Exposure Case Successfully,” Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference in Boston, April 2013.
“A Volatile Mix: Liability Cases, Juror Misconduct, and Social Media,” ProAssurance Social Media Monitoring Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, April 2013.
“Standard of Care and Reptile Theory,” AIG Internal Birth Trauma Seminar in Jersey City, New Jersey, March 2013.
“Defending High Risk and Catastrophic Neurosurgical Injuries,” So-presented with Dr. Roberto Heros at the DRI Medical Liability Health Care Law Seminar in Tampa, Florida, March 21 2013.
“Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Evaluation and Settlement of Cases, Insurance Coverage, and More,” American Conference Institute’s 2nd Annual Summit for Med Mal and other Personal Injury Leaders on Brain Injury Claims and Litigation in Philadelphia, March 2013.
“Introduction to Legal Process in the United States, Effect of Dodd Frank and Solvency II, and Practical Experiences,” Presented to senior auditors from the China National Audit Office at HBS’s office in Atlanta, February 2013
“Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring And Related Legal Issues,” SVMIC in Nashville, Tennessee, June 2012.
“Sympathy in High Exposure Aging Services Cases: Lessons Learned from Recent Trials,” CNA HealthPro in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 2012.
“Enterprise Best Practices in the Cyber World,” RIMS Conference in Philadelphia, April 2012.
“Insuring the Butterfly Effect in Brand Protection, Supply Chain Vulnerability and Contingent Business Interruption,” USLAW Client Conference in Dana Point, California, April 2012.
“Presenter Closed Head Brain Injury: Creating The Right Strategy At The Outset To Prove Your Case And Establishing Alternative Causation Theories,” American Conference Institute’s Brain Injury Litigation Summit in Philadelphia, March 2012.
“Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Managing Claims, and Settlement Negotiations,” American Conference Institute’s Brain Injury Litigation Summit in Philadelphia, March 2012.
“Litigation Strategies,” Presentation given at University of Alabama at Birmingham Professional Liability Trust Fund Retreat in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 2012.
“Apparent Agency In Healthcare: What Dangers Lurk Behind The White Jacket?” USLAW Network Client Conference in Chicago, September 2011.
“A Closer Look – Privilege Has Its Privilege,” USLAW Cyber Risk Assessment Counsel Program in Chicago, September 2011.
Moderator for USLAW Client Conference in Chicago, September 2011.
“Doing Business in Latin America, Presentation for USLAW Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2011.
“Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia,” Firemans Fund Insurance in Chicago, September 2011.
“Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia,” CNA Insurance in Chicago, September 2011.
“Understanding the Effect of State and Local Jurisdictions and the Impact on Risk,” USLAW Network, Inc, and Bowring Marsh (Bermuda), LTD. in Bermuda, September 2011.
“Top Ten Things We Hope Plaintiff’s Attorney Will Do,” American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice in Philadelphia, July 2011.
“Assessing the Monetary Value of a Case and Mitigating Damages,” American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice in Philadelphia, July 2011.
Co-Chair and Opening Remarks for the American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice in Philadelphia, July 2011.
“Effective National Representation,” Presentation in cooperation with USLAW Network, Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Boot Camp in London, England, June 2011.
“Understanding Organizational Vision and How to Make it Brighter,” USLAW Spring 2011 Client Conference in Phoenix, March 2011.
“Understanding the Effect of State and Local Jurisdictions and the Effect Such has on Risk,” Presentation in cooperation with USLAW Network, Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Boot Camp in London, England, February 2011.
“Georgia Tort Reform Act of 2005: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, and Where We Are Going,” The Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons in Atlanta, December 2010.
“What Happens When The Floor Below Crumbles – A Review Of Insolvency Below On The Reinsurer,” IADC Regional Meeting in New York, December 2010.
“Hot Topics In Malpractice Litigation And Anatomy Of A Malpractice Lawsuit,” Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association in Atlanta, November 2010.
“A 21st Century Mock Trial,” ASHRM 2010 Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, October 2010.
“Trends In Obstetrical Liability,” Presentation for CNA, May 2010.
“Obstetrical Liability Issues,” Presentation for Chartis Insurance Company to Carolinas Hospital Network in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 2010.
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 24 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in
Congratulations to Partners John E. Hall, Jr. and John M. Sheftall for their special recognition in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® as a "Lawyer of the Year."
Congratulations to John E. Hall,Jr. on being named by James magazine as one of Georgia’s 2015 most influential people. The list is a comprehensive collection of elected officials as
John E. Hall, Jr., along with his law partner, Beth W. Kanik, received a defense verdict in a case in Fulton County, GA.  Mr. Hall
Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has announced the opening of its office in Tbilisi, Georgia, last week. Partnering with the Eristavi Law Group, HBS will be
CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (February 2, 2011) – On February 9, 2011, USLAW NETWORK will host an executive level educational event exclusively for Lloyd’s of London
Practice Specific Experience

John E. Hall, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith, and he is dedicated to making it the finest litigation firm in the Southeast.

John specializes in the defense of high exposure cases, including medical malpractice, construction, commercial litigation, mass torts, transportation and products liability. During his legal career, he has tried more than 100 cases to resolution.

His expertise in high exposure birth trauma and catastrophic cases resulted in his being named National Counsel for several major insurance carriers. This National Counsel Program establishes a litigation approach, which enables a team of specialized attorneys to become involved and assist local counsel on high exposure cases at all phases of the legal process.

John also maintains a robust corporate practice in International, International Trade and Finance, Arbitration/Mediation, Business Structures, Health Care and Commercial Litigation.

John is the firm’s primary contact and a member of the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network, a premier organization of independent law firms with offices throughout the United States that provides high quality legal services without unnecessary expense to clients.

He is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and is often invited to speak at industry gatherings and continuing legal education programs. In addition, he is closely involved in developing and providing educational materials to clients.

John serves as an Honorary Consul to the Country of Georgia, and is Chairman of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee where he actively engages in developing international relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia.

ADMITTED

  • Alabama – 2013
  • Georgia – 1984
  • North Carolina – 2016
  • Tennessee – 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1984
  • B.A., Mercer University,1981

PUBLICATIONS

  • “For The Defense, Litigation Financing — The Ethical Quandary,” Co-authored with Jordan S. Johnson, January 2018.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2017, Vol. 69.
  • “Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Article published in Mercy Healthcare Litigation Attorney Conference, and John E. Hall, Jr. presented on the topic in Chesterfield, Missouri, December, 2017.
  • “Are we Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried,” Article published in Inside Medical Liability, A PIAA Publication for the Medical Professional Liability Community, 2017 First Quarter.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2017, Vol. 69.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2016, Vol. 68.
  • “Are we Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried,” Article published in Inside Medical Liability, A PIAA Publication for the Medical Professional Liability Community, 2017 First Quarter.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2016, Vol. 68.
  • “An Insurer’s Duty to Settle: The Law in Georgia,” Article published in Georgia Bar Journal, Volume 22, Number 1, August 2016.
  • Spoliation Analysis Following Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016.
  • “Are We Afraid to Take Cases to Trial? Five Common Myths of Medical Malpractice Trials and Why more Cases Should be Tried,” DRI For The Defense Publication, August 2015.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2015, Vol. 67.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2014, Vol. 66.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2013, Vol. 65.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2012, Vol. 64.
  • Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2011, Vol.63.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Hospital Association
  • Georgia Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Gwinnett Bar Association
  • Insurance Professionals of Atlanta
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Physician Insurers Association of America, PIAA
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • RIMS -Risk Management Society
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers 2005-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2009-2018
  • James Magazine, Most Influential and Politically-Connected Attorneys 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, “2017 Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants in Atlanta
  • James Magazine, Most Influential Persons in Georgia, 2016
  • James Magazine, Most Influential Persons in Georgia, 2015
  • Atlanta Magazine, Top Attorneys in Georgia, 2015
  • American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine’s Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law, 2013
  • James Magazine, Most Influential Persons in Georgia, 2012
  • Ranked in the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012 attorneys
  • Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2010
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 2010

Presentations

“A Comprehensive Guide for Defending Opioid Claims,” Jill Bechtold, Jacquelyn S. Clarke, John E. Hall, Jr., Stephanie R. McDonald, Jacob Raehn, Annalese Reese. Hall Booth Smith, March 2018.
“Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Mercy Healthcare Litigation Attorney Conference, John E. Hall, Jr. presented on the topic in Chesterfield, Missouri, December 2017.
“Tips on Negotiating,” Ascension Risk Services, John E. Hall, Jr., presented to the claims department in St. Louis, Missouri, December 2017.
“Is New Always Better? Recent Developments in Obstetric Malpractice Litigation,” John E. Hall, Jr. presented to Gwinnett Hospital’s Department of OB/GYN in Atlanta, Georgia, November 2017.
“Emerging Legal Trends in Medical Liability,” 13th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2017.
“The Anatomy of a Trial: Successful Outcomes When the Odds are Against Your Clients,” ALF Litigation Seminar in Atlanta, 2017.
“Georgia’s Business Relations, Policies, Incentives and Litigation Issues,” Atlanta Chinese Entrepreneur Club, August 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” RSUI Annual Claims Seminar in Atlanta, April 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” ALASHRM 2017 Education Day in Montgomery, Alabama, April 2017.
“Damages Role in a Lawsuit,” ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company in Missoula, Montana, April 2017.
“Current Trends in Healthcare Liability: A Baker’s Dozen, Plus One,” The Bermuda Healthcare Forum in Bermuda, March 2017.
“Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance’s Healthcare Underwriting Meeting in Atlanta, January 2017.
“Defending Damages Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” Ascension Risk Services online webinar, November 2016.
“Defending Damages in All Exposure Cases,” USLAW Fall 2016 Client Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2016.
“Emerging Legal Trends: Employees and Social Media in Healthcare,” 12th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2016.
“Catastrophic Claims,” HBS Seminar in the South in Tifton, Georgia, August 2016.
“Has the Reptile Lost Its Venom?” LTC Risk Legal Forum in Chicago, August 2016.
“Tips on Negotiating,” Ascension Risk Services in St. Louis, Missouri, December 2017.
“Is New Always Better? Recent Developments in Obstetric Malpractice Litigation,” Gwinnett Hospital’s Department of OB/GYN in Atlanta, November 2017.
“Emerging Legal Trends in Medical Liability,” 13th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2017.
“The Anatomy of a Trial: Successful Outcomes When the Odds are Against Your Clients,” ALF Litigation Seminar in Atlanta, September 2017.
“Georgia’s Business Relations, Policies, Incentives and Litigation Issues,” Atlanta Chinese Entrepreneur Club in Atlanta, August 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” RSUI Annual Claims Seminar in Atlanta, April 2017.
“Defining Medical Care Needs in Third-Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” ALASHRM 2017 Education Day in Montgomery, Alabama, April 2017.
“Damages Role in a Lawsuit,” ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company in Missoula, Montana, April 2017.
“Current Trends in Healthcare Liability: A Baker’s Dozen, Plus One,” The Bermuda Healthcare Forum in Bermuda, March 2017.
“Taking Back Control of Healthcare Litigation,” Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance’s Healthcare Underwriting Meeting in Atlanta, January 2017.
“Defending Damages Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” Ascension Risk Services online webinar, November 2016.
“Defending Damages in All Exposure Cases,” USLAW Fall 2016 Client Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2016.
“Emerging Legal Trends: Employees and Social Media in Healthcare,” 12th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2016.
“Catastrophic Claims,” HBS Seminar in the South in Tifton, Georgia, August 2016.
“Has the Reptile Lost Its Venom?” LTC Risk Legal Forum in Chicago, August 2016.
“Damages and Life Care Plans,” ACI’s 15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2016.
“Counsel’s ‘Baffle’ Against the Surge of Inflated Damages,” ATA Litigation Center’s Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel in Bellevue, Washington, June 2016.
“Reptile Theory,” New York Medical Defense Bar Association in New York City, June 2016.
Spoliation Analysis Following Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016
“Defining Damages: Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” OneBeacon Insurance Group Annual Healthcare Meeting in Farmington, Connecticut, June 2016.
“Social Media’s Impact on Professional Liability Claims,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society Midwest Chapter Workshop in Chicago, May 2016.
“An Insurer’s Duty to Settle: The Law in Georgia,” GAHA 2016 Health Care Law Update and Annual Meeting in Atlanta, John Hall presented on Case Law Updates, May 2016.
“Damages and Life Care Plans,” ACI’s 15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2016.
“Counsel’s ‘Baffle’ Against the Surge of Inflated Damages,” ATA Litigation Center’s Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel in Bellevue, Washington, June 2016.
“Reptile Theory,” New York Medical Defense Bar Association in New York City, June 2016.
“Defining Damages: Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims,” OneBeacon Insurance Group Annual Healthcare Meeting in Farmington, Connecticut, June 2016.
“Social Media’s Impact on Professional Liability Claims,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society Midwest Chapter Workshop in Chicago, May 2016.
GAHA 2016 Health Care Law Update and Annual Meeting, John Hall presented on Case Law Updates, May 6, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
“What is Expected of You as an Expert Witness,” 23rd Annual First Coast Infectious Disease/Clinical Microbiology Symposium in St. Augustine, Florida, January 2016.
Presentation on Reptile, Damages Defenses, Endoscopic Sterilization claims, LifePoint Health Risk Management and Claims In-House Seminar, Brentwood, Tennessee, January 2016.
“Defining Medical Damages: Changing the Landscape of Damages Analysis,” AIG Healthcare Seminar in New York City, December 2015.
“Recognizing and Combatting the Reptile Attack,” PIAA Claims and Risk Management / Patient Safety Workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2015.
“Obstetrics Medical Malpractice Claims: Analysis of Closed Litigation Claim Study,” Gwinnett Medical Center’s Department of OB/GYN Conference in Lawrenceville, Georgia, November 2015.
“How to Use the ACA as Part of Your Legal Defense in Future Damage Matters,” American Conference Forum on Medical Liability Claims, Coverage & Risk Management in New York City, October 2015.
“Should we be Taking More Cases to Trial?” USLAW Fall 2015 Client Conference in Boston, September 2015.
“The Reptile Theory: Implementing Effective Litigation Strategies Between Client and Counsel to Counter Reptilian Tactics,” American Conference Institute’s 14th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2015.
“How to Identify and Defeat Plaintiff ’s Use of the Reptile Theory,” Keynote Speaker at LT Risk Legal Forum in Las Vegas, March 2015.
“Status of Tort Reform and Spoliation,” Presented to the Georgia Hospital Association In-House Counsel Association Meeting in Atlanta, February 2015.
“Trial and Jury Strategy: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to your Advantage When Gearing Up For an Obstetric Malpractice Trial,” American Conference Institute’s 13th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2014.
“A Fearless Response to the Reptile Theory; How to Get Back to Law and Facts,” USLAW Professional Liability Exchange in Jersey City, New Jersey, June 2014.
“The Reptile Strategy and Defending High Damages Cases,” Endurance Insurance Healthcare Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2014.
“Reptile – A Manual for the Plaintiffs’ Revolution,” DRI Products Liability Seminar in Phoenix, April 2014.
“Defining Damages for Medical Expenses in the Age of the Affordable Care Act,” AIG Seminar in New York City, December 2013.
Presentation on medical and legal issues to the medical faculty at the University of Alabama Hospital’s 2013 Grand Rounds in Birmingham, Alabama, October 2013.
“Current Case Studies Involving Telemedicine; Specifically, Successful Defense of Cases Involving Teleradiology,” CHS Annual Risk Management Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 2013.
“Countering Plaintiff ’s Techniques in Catastrophic Cases and Allowing the Jury to Find for You,” 9th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 2013,
“Assessing the Monetary Value of a Case, Determining Damages, and Making the Decision to Settle,” American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2013.
“The State of Obstetric Malpractice: Litigation Trends, Insurance Developments, New Theories of Liability, Emerging Defense Strategies, Evolving Standards of Care, and More,” American Conference Institute’s 12th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia, June 2013.
“Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution Open Discussion,” Mednax National Medical Group Defense Counsel Panel Meeting in Miami, May 2013.
“Handling and Defending Your Worst Exposure Case Successfully,” Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference in Boston, April 2013.
“A Volatile Mix: Liability Cases, Juror Misconduct, and Social Media,” ProAssurance Social Media Monitoring Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, April 2013.
“Standard of Care and Reptile Theory,” AIG Internal Birth Trauma Seminar in Jersey City, New Jersey, March 2013.
“Defending High Risk and Catastrophic Neurosurgical Injuries,” So-presented with Dr. Roberto Heros at the DRI Medical Liability Health Care Law Seminar in Tampa, Florida, March 21 2013.
“Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Evaluation and Settlement of Cases, Insurance Coverage, and More,” American Conference Institute’s 2nd Annual Summit for Med Mal and other Personal Injury Leaders on Brain Injury Claims and Litigation in Philadelphia, March 2013.
“Introduction to Legal Process in the United States, Effect of Dodd Frank and Solvency II, and Practical Experiences,” Presented to senior auditors from the China National Audit Office at HBS’s office in Atlanta, February 2013
“Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring And Related Legal Issues,” SVMIC in Nashville, Tennessee, June 2012.
“Sympathy in High Exposure Aging Services Cases: Lessons Learned from Recent Trials,” CNA HealthPro in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 2012.
“Enterprise Best Practices in the Cyber World,” RIMS Conference in Philadelphia, April 2012.
“Insuring the Butterfly Effect in Brand Protection, Supply Chain Vulnerability and Contingent Business Interruption,” USLAW Client Conference in Dana Point, California, April 2012.
“Presenter Closed Head Brain Injury: Creating The Right Strategy At The Outset To Prove Your Case And Establishing Alternative Causation Theories,” American Conference Institute’s Brain Injury Litigation Summit in Philadelphia, March 2012.
“Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Managing Claims, and Settlement Negotiations,” American Conference Institute’s Brain Injury Litigation Summit in Philadelphia, March 2012.
“Litigation Strategies,” Presentation given at University of Alabama at Birmingham Professional Liability Trust Fund Retreat in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 2012.
“Apparent Agency In Healthcare: What Dangers Lurk Behind The White Jacket?” USLAW Network Client Conference in Chicago, September 2011.
“A Closer Look – Privilege Has Its Privilege,” USLAW Cyber Risk Assessment Counsel Program in Chicago, September 2011.
Moderator for USLAW Client Conference in Chicago, September 2011.
“Doing Business in Latin America, Presentation for USLAW Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2011.
“Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia,” Firemans Fund Insurance in Chicago, September 2011.
“Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia,” CNA Insurance in Chicago, September 2011.
“Understanding the Effect of State and Local Jurisdictions and the Impact on Risk,” USLAW Network, Inc, and Bowring Marsh (Bermuda), LTD. in Bermuda, September 2011.
“Top Ten Things We Hope Plaintiff’s Attorney Will Do,” American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice in Philadelphia, July 2011.
“Assessing the Monetary Value of a Case and Mitigating Damages,” American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice in Philadelphia, July 2011.
Co-Chair and Opening Remarks for the American Conference Institute’s 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Against Claims of Obstetric Malpractice in Philadelphia, July 2011.
“Effective National Representation,” Presentation in cooperation with USLAW Network, Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Boot Camp in London, England, June 2011.
“Understanding Organizational Vision and How to Make it Brighter,” USLAW Spring 2011 Client Conference in Phoenix, March 2011.
“Understanding the Effect of State and Local Jurisdictions and the Effect Such has on Risk,” Presentation in cooperation with USLAW Network, Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Boot Camp in London, England, February 2011.
“Georgia Tort Reform Act of 2005: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, and Where We Are Going,” The Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons in Atlanta, December 2010.
“What Happens When The Floor Below Crumbles – A Review Of Insolvency Below On The Reinsurer,” IADC Regional Meeting in New York, December 2010.
“Hot Topics In Malpractice Litigation And Anatomy Of A Malpractice Lawsuit,” Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association in Atlanta, November 2010.
“A 21st Century Mock Trial,” ASHRM 2010 Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, October 2010.
“Trends In Obstetrical Liability,” Presentation for CNA, May 2010.
“Obstetrical Liability Issues,” Presentation for Chartis Insurance Company to Carolinas Hospital Network in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 2010.
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