Laura Hall Cartner

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Laura Hall Cartner



Laura concentrates her practice in the health care industry, regularly representing providers including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and sub-acute facilities in all phases of litigation related to both general and professional liability claims.

She also maintains a regulatory practice, advising providers on regulatory compliance, assisting with internal investigations, self-reporting requirements, risk management, policy development, and legislative interpretation.

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Laura also assists local counsel, providers, and carriers with the evaluation and management of batch claims. She routinely assists with evaluation by identifying key factors and developing a matrix to produce a comprehensive assessment of liability, causation, and damages. Her goal is to streamline the evaluation process globally and as related to each individual claim. She assists with development of resolution strategies and provides structured support throughout the litigation process.

As a member of the Coronavirus strategic team and Aging Services practice area, Laura assists providers as they navigate fast-changing regulatory and legislative guidance at the federal, state, and local level. She is also involved in the defense of providers facing liability claims arising from the coronavirus pandemic.


Aging Services

Laura has experience representing long-term care and senior housing facilities including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes in all phases of litigation.

Additionally, she maintains a regulatory practice, advising providers of long-term care and skilled nursing services on compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. She assists facilities with internal incident investigations, risk management, and policy development.

Government Affairs

Laura works with health care providers including long-term care providers with legislative matters including legislative interpretation and policy impact analysis.

Health Care

Laura represents hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care entities in administrative and civil matters. She also consults with healthcare providers on a variety of legal issues including but not limited to:

  • Medical Records Documentation
  • Informed Consent
  • General Consent
  • Hospital Ethics Committee Issues
  • Mental Health Commitment
  • Guardianship
  • Risk Prevention
  • Peer Review
  • Credentialing
  • Medical Staff Issues
  • Regulatory Issues
Medical Malpractice

Laura has defended hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, staffing agencies and other medical defendants in all phases of medical malpractice litigation involving alleged negligent care and treatment, negligent misdiagnosis, lack of consent, and wrongful death.



State Courts:

  • Georgia
    • Court of Appeals, Supreme Court


  • J.D., Charleston School of Law
  • B.A., Auburn University, 2009


  • Auburn Alumni Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Georgia Bar Association
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  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Service Juris, Inc.
  • The Junior League of Atlanta


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Best Lawyers®, 2022-2024
    • Awarded in: Elder Law, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Georgia Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, 2023-2024
  • Best Mentor Honoree, Daily Report’s Georgia Legal Awards, 2022
  • LTC Power Lawyers, Class of 2017


  • COVID Litigation in a Post-Pandemic World
    Georgia Healthcare Association Summer Convention, June 2022
  • Issues with Causation and Damages in Nursing Home Cases
    State Bar of Georgia Nursing Home Litigation Livestream, September 2020
  • Social Media: Impact on Liability Claims
    HBS Women’s Forum: Educate, Refresh, Relax; July 2018
  • Evolving Social Media Pitfalls and Management Strategies for Providers
    American Society for Health Risk Management Annual Conference and Exhibition, October 2017
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  • Healthcare Employees and Social Media
    Vizient MidSouth Legal Defense & Risk Management Forum, October 2016
  • Social Media Trends and their Impact on Liability
    Insurance Professionals of Atlanta, September 2016
  • Former Employees
    HBS Seminar in the South, August 2016
  • Disclosures: How Much is Too Much?
    Georgia Health Care Association Bi-annual Convention, June 2016
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  • CMS Issues ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Document On Nursing Home Visitation
    HBS Coronavirus Litigation Blog; July 1, 2020

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