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HLB Again Achieves Top-Tier Ranking in Chambers Review of Leading Health Law Firms
June 20, 2012

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, has once again been named one of the top three health care law firms in California, according to the latest edition of Chambers USA. The directory is published by the prestigious Chambers & Partners, which produces law firm directories of top-rated law firms throughout the United States and Europe, ranking law firms primarily based on outside interviews with General Counsel, high-profile entrepreneurs and other significant purchasers of legal services.

In addition to the firm ranking, nine HLB attorneys were recognized as top performers in California, more than any other Chambers top-ranked firm. Three California attorneys – Lloyd Bookman, Stephen Lipton and Patric Hooper — were recognized as top performers in the country. In addition, Robert Roth was recognized as a top performer in Washington, D.C.

Following is the text of the firm’s profile, reprinted with permission of Chambers & Partners, USA. We thank all of our clients and friends who contributed to the Chambers review.


Hooper Lundy & Bookman has served California’s healthcare industry since 1987. It provides a wide range of legal services to a substantial and diversified client base, ranging from hospital systems to healthcare trade associations. The firm’s regulatory arm has been described as a go-to resource for Medicare and Medicaid issues and is recognized throughout California for its expertise in Stark and anti-kick back laws. Healthcare organizations are also able call upon the firm’s multidisciplinary Health Reform group for assistance on all issues relating to federal healthcare legislation. The transactional group also maintains a steady flow of joint venture, M&A and general commercial work.

Sources say: “An excellent boutique with a historical presence and knowledge to match.” “They’re very good in relation to reimbursement, regulatory work and litigation.”

Key Individuals

Lloyd Bookman is described by peers as an “institution” in healthcare law. He is recognized nationwide as an expert in Medicare and Medicaid, having served as lead counsel in some of the most significant cases in this field.

Patric Hooper is an “impressive and seasoned” litigator, specializing in actions against federal and state government. He also provides counsel to healthcare organizations on the nuances of regulated industry transactional law.

Steven Lipton is famed for his hospital representation practice, which includes hospital operations, contracting, M&A and advisory work. He is, in the words of one client, an“unquestionable superstar” in healthcare law.

Robert Lundy continues to be regarded as one of California’s foremost healthcare attorneys. His broad practice is one of the best in the transactional space, where he comes particularly highly recommended. He is venerated as an “awesome legal talent” and is noted for his “strategic wisdom.”

Robert Roth is held in high regard by sources for his deep expertise in Medicare and Medicaid matters. Clients attest to his strong reimbursement capabilities, and a recent highlight involved representing 80 hospitals in lawsuits aiming to retrospectively correct Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments.

Clark Stanton has been singled out by his peers as a “go-to attorney” for medical staff and health information privacy matters. Clients praise his “responsiveness and understanding of a wide range of issues.”

Bradley Tully provides “effective and solid” counsel to a range of healthcare providers on both the regulatory and transactional side. He possesses specialist knowledge of fraud and abuse, as well as anti-kickback and Stark issues.

John Hellow heads up the firm’s “highly respected” regulatory department. He is widely renowned as a Medicare and Medicaid payment policy specialist and advises leading hospital groups, including American Hospitals.

Charles Oppenheim counts some of America’s largest healthcare companies among his clients. He is known as a leading authority on anti-kickback and Stark Law issues. One client enthuses: “He’s the person I go to for California issues and for truly global visionary kinds of healthcare regulatory questions. If I have a question that’s cutting edge, Charles will be the person I go to.”

Paul Smith has garnered praise as a “knowledgeable and skilled” healthcare attorney. He advises clients on corporate governance and transactional needs, in addition to reimbursement and regulatory compliance.

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