HBS Attorneys Recognized In 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine

In the 2019 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 five 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. Four HBS attorneys are listed as Rising Stars: Andrew Knowlton and 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 Lawyer and Rising Star 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 as a Super Lawyer 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.

Birmingham Partner Andrew Knowlton was recognized as a Rising Star for his work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. Mr. Knowlton focuses his litigation practice on the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. His practice also encompasses the defense of other personal injury and wrongful death claims. Andrew is a member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) Roundtable, the Defense Research Institute, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, and an inaugural member of the Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court.

Rhett Owens is a Partner in the Birmingham office recognized as a Rising Star for his work in health care. This is the fourth 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 as a Rising Star for her work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. She has been honored as a Rising Star 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 as a Rising Star 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 recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court as an Attorney for Justice in 2014 and 2015 and has served as the Chair of the Young Lawyer Committee with the Memphis Area Legal Services’ Campaign for Equal Justice since 2014.

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; 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.

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