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Hooper, Lundy & Bookman Expands San Francisco Office
January 3, 2011

OCAL HEALTH LAW EXPERTS JOIN FIRM AT CRITICAL TIME FOR PROVIDERS

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C., is pleased to announce that four veteran health law attorneys have joined the firm as partners in the firm’s San Francisco Office.

The four attorneys – M. Steven Lipton, Harry Shulman, Paul T. Smith and W. Clark Stanton – were most recently partners in the San Francisco health care practice of Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT) and officially joined HLB effective January 1, 2011.

“We are pleased to have these four exceptional lawyers join our team of health law experts serving Northern California hospitals, health systems and medical groups,” said Mark Reagan, Managing Partner of HLB’s San Francisco Office.

Added firm Managing Partner Robert Lundy: “The addition of Steve, Harry, Paul and Clark to the firm ensures that we will have the ability to maintain our dedication to excellence as we meet the growing needs of providers in the face of new and ongoing health care reform measures.”

Following is a brief overview of each of the attorneys joining HLB:

M. Steven Lipton has been practicing health law for more than 33 years. The focus of his practice is general hospital representation, including hospital operations, physician contracting, regulatory and compliance matters and health care transactions. His practice includes corporate governance, licensing, fraud and abuse, and representing PACE organizations. He also provides compliance training and counseling on patient anti-dumping laws. He regularly writes and speaks on issues related to his practice. Mr. Lipton has been recognized as a leading lawyer nationally by Chambers USA, a “Best Lawyer in America” in Health Care Law by Woodward/White and a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in Health Care Law by Law & Politics. Mr. Lipton may be reached at 415.875.8490 or slipton@health-law.com

Harry Shulman has been practicing health law for more than 35 years. He represents multi-institutional health systems, hospitals, medical staffs, independent practice associations and other types of physician organizations on a wide variety of issues including those related to peer review investigations and hearings, self-governance, clinical research, bioethics and consent. Mr. Shulman has authored numerous articles and consulted on published manuals and guidebooks on professional credentialing and peer review. He has been a speaker on medical staff issues for a variety or organizations. He has also been recognized as a “Best Health Care Lawyer in America” by Woodward/White, as well as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics. Mr. Shulman may be reached at 415.875.8480 or hshulman@health-law.com.

Paul T. Smith has been practicing health law for more than 25 years. He advises health care providers on corporate formation and governance, joint ventures, financing, regulatory compliance, and information privacy security. In addition, he represents technology companies in transactional, financing and licensing matters, and data privacy and security. He was co-chair of DWT’s Health Information Technology and HIPAA Practice. He is author of the chapter on health information privacy in the book Privacy Compliance and Litigation in California, published by the State Bar of California. He regularly writes and speaks on issues related to his practice. Mr. Smith has been recognized as a leading California Health Care Lawyer by Chambers USA, a “Best Health Care Lawyer in America” by Woodward/White, as well as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics. Mr. Smith may be reached at 415.875.8488, or psmith@health-law.com.

W. Clark Stanton has been practicing health law for more than 27 years. He represents hospitals and other health care providers, as well as medical staffs. He advises clients on operational and regulatory matters, including patient treatment matters and medical privacy and HIPAA. In addition, he has served as a hearing officer in medical staff hearings. Mr. Stanton writes regularly and has made numerous presentations on issues related to his practice. Mr. Stanton has been recognized as a leading California Health Care Lawyer by Chambers USA, and a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics. Mr. Stanton may be reached at 415.875.8489, or cstanton@health-law.com.

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