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Creative, Cost-Effective Focus

With a focus on creative, cost-effective solutions, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman has a well-earned reputation for successfully handling all types of litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.

Our litigators are not only talented litigation specialists, they are also health care specialists and bring to every case considerable knowledge and experience regarding the business of health care, which other litigators often do not possess. Our attorneys’ depth of knowledge and decades of experience in health care enables us to staff our cases leanly and focus on developing creative solutions.

Vigorous Representation

While we have a firm-wide philosophy that focuses on helping our clients avoid disputes requiring court intervention, we recognize that there are situations in which litigation is unavoidable. In these cases, we initiate litigation or arbitration as necessary, and vigorously represent our clients in court, whether they are plaintiffs or defendants. The firm’s litigators are known for often employing creative procedures that often halt or reduce the scope of litigation. Most importantly, we work closely with our clients at the front end of a dispute, and throughout the dispute to determine the appropriate course of action to meet their needs.

Our attorneys are capable of handling sophisticated, large scale litigation, as well as cost-effectively resolving smaller and medium-sized cases. Our recent large-scale litigation experience includes the successful defense of a number of large class-action lawsuits. We have also been successful in litigation that we have initiated for clients. Most notably, HLB recently negotiated an $11.8 million settlement in a class action in which the firm represented California hospitals against a health insurer regarding its rescission policies.

Our attorneys are also experts in negotiation, as capable in a mediation proceeding as in a courtroom or arbitration proceeding. We are well-respected among our adversaries and the courts, which often contributes to a swift resolution of disputes for our clients. In addition, the firm has a strong Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice.

Litigation Specialties:

  • Managed care litigation, including:
    • Collections by health plans
    • Alleged overpayments by payors
    • Contract interpretation
    • Disputes between physicians and IPAs or medical groups
    • Risk pool disputes
  • Business torts, including:
    • Interference with business contracts & business advantage
    • Breach of fiduciary duty
    • Negligent management
    • Fraud
    • RICO
    • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Breach of contract
  • Partnership, corporate and joint venture disputes
  • Antitrust and unfair competition claims
  • False Claims Act cases
  • Medical staff investigations, peer review hearings, and litigation
  • Director and officer liability claims
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Real property litigation
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Treatment decisions and discharge issues
  • Independent practice association/medical group/HMO disputes
  • Employment litigation
  • Civil rights issues
  • Provider/Vendor disputes
  • Administrative proceedings:
    • Medical Board of California and other licensing boards
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • California Department of Health Care Services
    • California Department of Public Health
    • California Department of Social Services
    • California Department of Education- Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
  • Writs & appeals

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