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Four HBS Attorneys Included on 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

In the 2020 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as four of its attorneys are on the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Partner David Proctor of the Birmingham office was recognized as a  Mid-South Super Lawyer. Three HBS attorneys are listed as Rising Stars: Rhett Owens of the Birmingham, AL office and Julia Kavanagh and Sarah Pazar Williams of the Memphis office. The list recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state.

HBS would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars awards. These honors recognize the outstanding legal work performed by HBS attorneys and bolster the firm’s reputation as one of the leading law firms in the Southeast.

Birmingham Partner David Proctor was recognized on the Super Lawyers list for his outstanding work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. He has received this recognition since 2009. Mr. Proctor has over 30 years of trial experience, including defending physicians in medical malpractice actions, breach of warranty and fraud defense on behalf of automobile manufacturers, complex products liability cases, defending management in employment discrimination cases and EEOC matters, and consumer finance arbitration work in the financial services industry. He has tried dozens of jury trials to verdict in various state and federal courts in Alabama.

Rhett Owens is a Partner in the Birmingham office recognized on the Rising Stars list for his work in health care. This is the fifth year he has been recognized as a Rising Star. Mr. Owens regularly represents providers in a variety of medical malpractice actions, including actions before administrative and credentialing tribunals. He also regularly represents providers in a variety of aging services matters, including allegations of elder abuse and regulatory violations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Society of Health Care Risk Management.

Memphis Partner Julia Kavanagh was recognized on the Rising Stars list for her work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. She has been selected to the Rising Stars list since 2013. Ms. Kavanagh has extensive experience in healthcare liability.  She has represented a hospital system, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, physicians, and other healthcare providers in state and federal court.  She has also represented health care practitioners before professional boards. She is an active participant in the Memphis Bar Association, serving as Vice Chair of the CLE Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers’ Division.

Sarah Pazar Williams is an Associate in the Memphis office recognized to the 2020 Rising Stars list for her work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. She has diverse experience practicing health care liability, medical malpractice, nursing home and long-term care defense litigation. She has defended hospitals, nursing and long-term care facilities, physicians, and other medical professionals in state and federal court. Ms. Williams was selected as one of the Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar: Ace Associate honorees in 2020 and served as President of the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association in 2020.

Established in 1989, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, as well as offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami, Jacksonville, North Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida; and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Saddle Brook, New Jersey; and New York City. Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS attorneys pride themselves on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The firm’s promise: “Serving to Achieve Excellence.” To learn more, please visit: www.hallboothsmith.com.