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Hooper, Lundy & Bookman Opens Washington, D.C. Office at Critical Time for Health Care - Veteran Health Law Expert Robert Roth Joins Firm
May 17, 2010

(Los Angeles) — Veteran health law attorney Robert L. Roth has joined Hooper, Lundy & Bookman (HLB) as managing partner of the firm’s newly-opened Washington, D.C. office.

“We are very pleased that Bob Roth has joined us with the opening of our Washington, D.C. operation,” said HLB Managing Partner Robert W. Lundy. “His unique expertise and successful representation of health care providers complement the breadth and depth of experience among our firm-wide health law specialists. With the recent enactment of health care reform and the expanding role of the federal government, we believe it is essential to have a Washington, D.C. presence. Bob’s established practice and contacts at the Washington, D.C. level will serve our clients firm-wide.”

Formerly a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. Health Care Group, Mr. Roth brings with him more than 24 years of health law experience in a 27-year legal career that includes 11 years of public service at both the state and federal levels. Before entering private practice in 1993, Mr. Roth served as an attorney for the Health Care Financing Administration (subsequently renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services and, previously, as an Assistant Attorney General for Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Counsel to the Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee of the Maryland General Assembly and the Commission to Revise the Annotated Code of Maryland.

In private practice, Mr. Roth represents a broad range of providers, including hospitals, medical groups, DME suppliers, long-term care facilities, psychiatric hospitals and imaging centers. Mr. Roth provides litigation representation and counsels his clients on Medicare and Medicaid payment, compliance and enforcement matters; licensing; coordination of benefits; and other health care regulatory issues.

In the Medicare reimbursement arena, Mr. Roth is best known for successfully arguing Monmouth Medical Center/Staten Island University Hospital v. Thompson, 257 F.3d 807 (D.C. Cir. 2001), which led to 253 lawsuits involving more than 600 hospitals consolidated under the case entitled In Re: Medicare Reimbursement Litigation. Mr. Roth was one of four members of the Plaintiffs’ Coordinating Counsel, which helped negotiate a settlement of more than $665 million to resolve these lawsuits.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Roth is widely respected in his peer community, holding leadership positions with the American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association. A frequent writer and speaker, he also serves on the Advisory Board of BNA’s Health Law Reporter and Medicare Report and the CCH Medicare & Medicaid Guide. Since 1984, he has also been teaching “Legislation” as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Mr. Roth is ranked by Chambers USA in the area of health law and has been recognized by Nightingale’s Healthcare News as both an outstanding health care litigator and fraud and compliance lawyer.

“I am thrilled to join a law firm that specializes completely in health care law as my clients grapple with the opportunities, risks, and complexity of the new health reform law,” Mr. Roth said. “Joining HLB will afford my clients access to the vast knowledge and experience of HLB’s highly-respected and nationally-known attorneys. Indeed, to be at the helm at the inception of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office is truly exciting.”

HLB’s Washington, D.C. address is 2000 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C., 20006. Mr. Roth may be reached at 202.587.2590 or rroth@health-law.com.

About Hooper, Lundy & Bookman: Founded in 1987, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman is the largest full service law practice in the country dedicated solely to the representation of health care providers and suppliers. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, D.C., and clients in all 50 states, we meet the business, litigation and regulatory needs of a broad array of healthcare providers–ranging from the largest national health care organizations to community hospitals and individual physician practices. For more information, please visit our website at www.health-law.com.

For media inquiries, please contact Barrett McBride at bmcbride@health-law.com or 916.456.5855.