Litigation

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman Expands San Francisco Office

SAN FRANCISCO - Hooper, Lundy & Bookman P.C. (HLB) has announced that four veteran health law attorneys have joined the firm as partners in the firm's San Francisco office.

The four - 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.

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. 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. Lipton may be reached at 415.875.8490 or slipton@health-law.com.

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. 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 of 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. Shulman may be reached at 415.875.8480 or hshulman@health-law.com.

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. He also 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. 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. Smith may be reached at 415.875.8488, or psmith@health-law.com.

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. Stanton writes regularly and has made numerous presentations on issues related to his practice. Stanton has been recognized as a leading California Health Care Lawyer by Chambers USA, and a "Northern California Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics. Stanton may be reached at 415.875.8489, or cstanton@health-law.com.

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. For more information, visit www.health-law.com.