King & Spalding LLP

Healthcare Department

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What the team is known for Highly acclaimed team acting for a varied portfolio of healthcare providers. Regularly sought after for its expertise in M&A matters, and maintains a fine reputation for its work in whistleblower litigation and investigations into violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and FCA. Works with clients such as healthcare systems, pharmaceutical firms and medical device companies. Additionally acts for private equity clients on investment matters.

Strengths One source reports that "it's an impressive group of attorneys and an extremely well-managed law firm."

Interviewees state that "they are exceptionally good lawyers who do a particularly good job of working with business people."

"King & Spalding is excellent and the attorneys I have worked with have all been exceptional," confirms a source. "They're the standard bearers."

Work highlights Acted for Northeast Georgia Health System in proceedings against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Anthem in challenging particular coverage and payment policies.

Notable practitioners

Craig Smith
is "very strong on contracts, structuring and attention to detail," according to impressed clients. His strong transactional practice includes M&A and financing deals involving both nonprofits and for-profit entities, as well as advising on corporate governance and IP licensing.

Glen Reed
draws praise for his longstanding expertise across the spectrum of regulatory matters impacting providers, pharmaceuticals and technology companies. His experience includes fraud and abuse concerns, policy development and contract issues.

James Boswell
is experienced across a broad range of disputes impacting providers, including managed care matters and False Claims Act suits. Interviewees note that he is "very smart, understands our industry and gives practical advice."

Kim Roeder
is highly adept at defending providers against external investigations and qui tam actions, as well as advising on the creation of compliance programs. Her practice includes handling M&A and joint ventures involving entities such as physician practice groups and hospital systems.

Peers recommend
Michael Paulhus
as a "fine lawyer in the healthcare investigations space," while clients note that he "provides creative analysis and problem solving." He is a go-to attorney for providers facing external investigations and enforcement actions, as well as False Claims Act suits.

Phillip Street
is held in high regard by clients, one of whom states: "He's an extremely qualified adviser who provides practical advice but also keeps the picture in mind." Another source labels him "a creative thinker who is sensitive to the strategic needs of the client." He is an experienced transactional attorney who advises across both the healthcare and life sciences sectors, handling complex joint ventures and alignments.

The "excellent"
Robert Keenan
offers expertise across both regulatory matters and transactions, drawing on particular strength in HIPAA-related work. His practice also includes acting for health systems on the acquisition of physician practices.

Stephanie Johnson
provides expert compliance advice to a range of providers, as well as acting in False Claims Act proceedings and contractor audits. Clients describe her as "extremely responsive, with excellent work product."

Tom Hawk
acts for a range of clients, including pharmaceuticals, hospitals and physician groups, offering wide-ranging experience across regulatory matters such as HIPAA and Stark Law compliance as well as transactions. Clients describe him as "extremely hard-working and an expert in the transactional space."