Hall Booth Smith’s Ricky Benjamin to Lead Health Care Practice
ATLANTA – May 27, 2020 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Partner Ricky C. Benjamin will lead the firm’s growing health care practice group as clients across the health care sector encounter more qui tam whistleblower litigation, regulatory complexities and business challenges than ever before.
Mr. Benjamin, who is based in Atlanta, will provide strategic direction and daily oversight of Hall Booth Smith’s health care practice group, which includes more than 50 attorneys across the firm’s numerous offices in the Southeast and along the East Coast to New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Benjamin has extensive experience in qui tam litigation and counseling to detect, prevent and mitigate fraud, waste and abuse; health care transactions (e.g., equity transactions, joint operating agreements, co-management agreements, professional services agreements, provider side managed care contracting, software and services agreements involving electronic health records, and intellectual property licensing agreements); regulatory counseling and compliance (e.g., internal audits and government investigations, drafting compliance plans, guidance under corporate integrity agreements, and counseling through federal trade commission investigations of unfair trade practices asserting inadequate data security protocols). He also defends clients in a wide range of health care litigation matters, as well as insurance coverage and defense of directors and officers lawsuits, errors and omissions, commercial general liability, and employment practices liability insurance matters.
Before joining HBS in 2019, Mr. Benjamin had an accomplished career teaching health care law and ethics at Tulane University in New Orleans, and as General Counsel for a hospice and home health care facility, which gives him unique first-hand knowledge of the challenges and complexities at the intersection of health care regulations, legal risk exposure and ethics.
Earlier in his career, he worked in private practice with a specialization in biotechnology and agri-biotechnology licensing, as General Counsel at an oculoplastic surgery and lithotripsy practice, and an Assistant Vice President and Managing Attorney for the North America unit of a major global insurer. Mr. Benjamin earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University A&M.
“It is an honor to lead such a hard-working and respected group of health care attorneys, and I look forward to expanding our practice as we add more talent and services to meet client needs,” Mr. Benjamin said.
About Hall Booth Smith
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 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.