Baker Donelson expands its health law practice and geographic reach, adding a team of six lawyers from North Carolina

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Baker Donelson President and CEO Timothy M. Lupinacci said: “Matt, Ken and their team are an exceptional group of lawyers who fit well into our existing health care practice, which is among the leading firms in the country and one of the centers of excellence our firm Serve Baker Donelson clients with North Carolina operations and tracking the trajectory of key industries is critically important. These additions further strengthen our presence in North Carolina as well as the many attorneys we have admitted to practice in the state. We expect us to continue to build on that.”

baker Donelson has already established offices in the heart of the Research Triangle. As Baker Donelson continues to build its presence in North Carolinahe will move into larger offices.

“Given the strategic importance of the Research Triangle in the health industry, being present in North Carolina is a tremendous asset to our health law practice,” said Richard G. Cowart, chair of the Health Law/Government Relations and Public Policy practice at Baker Donelson. “Matt and Ken have an excellent reputation, and they and their team bring considerable experience across a wide range of regulatory issues facing healthcare providers. We are exceptionally proud to welcome such a caliber group to our practice. National Health.”

Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Burgess join the company as shareholders. Joining them are Matt Fisher and Iain Staufferwho both join as lawyers, and Mysty Blagg summer. Bahati Mutisyawho join as associates.

Mr. Wolfe’s practice focuses on helping healthcare clients navigate ever-changing aspects of healthcare law and policy. He represents clients in a wide range of legal and regulatory actions, including Medicaid and Medicare program integrity actions, False Claims Act actions, terminations, denials, reviews post-payment, prepayment reviews, payment holds, and supply issues. He also represents vendors in cases before licensing boards and other regulatory bodies. Mr. Wolfe’s experience includes assisting clients in resolving disputes with state and federal government entities through administrative, state and federal litigation, and advocating on behalf of clients with government agencies and elected. He also provides legal and legislative advice to professional associations and regularly speaks at national and state conferences on legal and policy issues.

“Joining a company of Baker Donelson’s reputation will be of substantial benefit to my clients,” said Mr. Wolfe. “This move gives them access to a wide range of talented lawyers who are nationally recognized leaders in the field of health law and offer significant experience in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. I am delighted to offer my clients an expanded platform with broader services and increased resources and to strengthen Baker Donelson’s presence in North Carolina.”

Mr. Burgess has over 35 years of experience advising healthcare clients on a wide range of regulatory, litigation, compliance and operational matters. He advises providers on legal issues that arise in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, hospices, home care and other spheres of health care. He also represents ancillary vendors including pharmacy, durable medical equipment (DME) and therapy. His practice also includes advising clients on certificate of need, Medicare/Medicaid enrollment and licensure issues, quality of care issue appeals, and transactional matters. Mr. Burgess is a frequent national speaker and author of industry textbooks, national trade journal articles and similar training. Previously, he served as Senior Director of Legal Services and Facilities Operations for the American Health Care Association and General Counsel for the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association (NCHCFA).

Mr Burgess said: “Joining Baker Donelson alongside Matt and the whole team is really exciting. I was attracted to the firm’s offerings, particularly in healthcare and many other practice areas. Baker Donelson brings the benefits of a law firm that can be a full-service partner for all of my clients’ legal needs. Providing this level of service to my customers is important to me, and Baker Donelson fully shares this commitment to exceptional service.”

baker Donelson is one of the nation’s largest law firms, with more than 650 lawyers and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas to meet a wide range of legal needs. Clients receive expert advice from experienced, multi-disciplinary industry and client service teams, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Texas, Virginiaand washington d.c.

SOURCE Baker, DonelsonBearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC

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