With clients in all 50 states, HLB is the largest law practice in the country dedicated solely to the representation of health care providers and suppliers. Since forming in 1987, the firm regularly represents hospitals and hospital systems; physician organizations; long-term care facilities; laboratories; pharmacies; home health agencies; health care trade associations; pharmaceutical and biotech organizations and various ancillary service providers. The firm currently has offices in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Each attorney in our national practice specializes in a specific aspect of health care law, such as Medicare and Medicaid payments, health care business transactions, managed care, fraud and abuse, licensing and certification, or litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Our Government Relations and Public Policy staff is similarly devoted to supporting the health care industry in Congress and in federal government agencies.
Our partners and senior government relations staff have decades of health care experience, which they share with other firm members. As a certified provider of continuing legal education, the firm is able to provide in-house legal training on health care issues that is not available to the general bar. Because a number of our attorneys have also been health care practitioners, administrators or government regulators, we are able to offer an added dimension of understanding to the issues our clients face.
We do not over-staff cases or train our attorneys at our clients’ expense. Many of our attorneys have had years of legal experience before joining the firm. Most have trained at other national firms or have held high-level positions in government.
Our attorneys and government relations specialists also have established productive working relationships with key officials in many of the local, state and national government agencies that regulate our clients. These relationships provide us with ready access to government perspectives and often facilitate efficient and timely resolution of problems, whether in the context of a licensure survey, business transaction, litigation, or pending legislation.
Our attorneys and government relations specialists rigorously monitor legislative and regulatory initiatives and judicial developments for their potential effects on the health care industry. As a result, we have established many landmark legal precedents, and have influenced the outcome of or successfully challenged many significant legislative and regulatory initiatives to the benefit of our clients.
The firm has served as counsel for many of the leading health care trade associations, including the California Hospital Association, the California Association of Health Facilities, the American Healthcare Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Hawaii Hospital Association, the Colorado Hospital Association, the National Association of Psychiatric Treatment Centers for Children, the California Clinical Laboratory Association, and many others.
In addition, our professionals are often called upon to author and edit books and articles in their fields of expertise.
Our attorneys have also led such prestigious organizations as the Fraud and Abuse Section of the American Bar Association and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.