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In an article published online in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on September 8, 2021, Partner JJ Maskowitz discusses legal risk considerations for long-term care facilities in light of the surge in the Delta variant and the importance of developing, implementing and updating policies and procedures to navigate future emergencies. “Looking ahead, attention to these updates will prove vital to opposing claims from the Plaintiff’s bar as long-term care facilities

Hall Booth Smith Attorney Sandra Cianflone joined Emerging Litigation Podcast host Tom Hagy to discuss the trend of growing damages awards in health care litigation. Damage awards in litigation against physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers have been consistently increasing, with juries awarding more than $20 million in a recent series of cases. What are the factors behind this mega-verdict trend, and what can defense attorneys do? “Ultimately what’s

In an article published online in Physicians Practice on August 19, 2021, Partner R. Ryan Rivas discusses the importance of medical charting in minimizing malpractice risks. “For attorneys who represent healthcare providers, sometimes the patient's medical records can be the one piece of evidence that saves the day, but other times they can be the straw that breaks the camel's back,” he writes. “In countless medical malpractice cases, provider

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – July 30, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) welcomes Of Counsel Danielle Dudai and Associate Edward Dulatt to its West Palm Beach office as the firm expands to serve client needs in the state of Florida. Danielle Dudai concentrates her practice on corporate and partnership matters, business transactions, business litigation, blockchain and cryptocurrency compliance. She serves as outside general counsel to several small

In an article published by Healthcare Risk Management on July 27, 2021, Associate Allison Averbuch is quoted discussing considerations for employers deciding whether to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees. While recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance offers firm legal ground for employers to require employees to be vaccinated, several additional factors must be considered. The recent ruling in Texas, which “dismissed a lawsuit filed by employees of

In an article published by the Orlando Business Journal on July 19, 2021, Tampa Partner R. Ryan Rivas is quoted discussing employer mandated COVID-19 vaccines. “'I think mandatory vaccination is not a popular position to take. But it might be something where popularity gets overruled by necessity,' said Ryan Rivas, a partner at law firm Hall Booth Smith PC, noting that health care providers are likely to be among

NASHVILLE, TN –  June 17, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to welcome Madison C. Bryant (née Patey) as an Associate to its growing office in Nashville, Tennessee. Madison defends clients in a range of health care related matters including medical malpractice, long term care, dental and correctional health care litigation. Prior to joining HBS, Madison worked on health care liability litigation at other firms, where she

MIAMI, FL – June 14, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is thrilled to welcome Partner Tullio E. Iacono and Associate Gabriel Lopez as the firm’s Miami office grows to meet the needs of clients across South Florida. Tullio E. Iacono is a Partner with 25 years of legal experience, and he specializes in defending health care providers in complex medical malpractice litigation. In addition to brain injury, catastrophic

ATLANTA – June 9, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to welcome three new attorneys to the firm’s Atlanta headquarters office as it adds new talent to meet growing client needs. Partner James E. “Jim” Gilson specializes in high-exposure trial litigation for catastrophic injury, premises liability, insurance and transportation tort claims. For more than three decades, Jim has represented clients across the transportation and industrial sectors,

SADDLE BROOK, NEW JERSEY – June 7, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Of Counsel David W. Badie has joined the firm to expand its medical malpractice defense capabilities in the New Jersey and New York region. Badie defends hospitals, health care systems, physicians, nurses, administrators and other health care professionals in high-exposure medical malpractice cases and other liability lawsuits. He develops litigation strategy