Litigation

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman Expands Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hooper, Lundy & Bookman PC (HLB) has announced that Harry R. Silver has joined the firm as a partner and Patricia H. "Tish" Wirth has joined the firm as an associate in the firm's growing Washington, D.C., office.

Formerly a member of Patton Boggs, Silver brings with him more than 30 years of health law experience. He is a member of both the Washington, D.C., and New York Bars and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as numerous federal district and appeals courts.

Silver graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was on the editorial board of the Columbia Law Review. He served as law clerk for Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Harold R. Medina. He subsequently worked for the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States in a wide variety of cases in the U.S. courts of appeals. Since entering private practice in 1979, Silver's practice has concentrated on the representation of the health care providers and government contractors in litigation involving fraud and abuse issues.

His practice includes representing clients during the course of government investigations, through litigation and in trial and appellate courts; conducting internal investigations and counseling clients on the design and implementation of corporate compliance programs; representing clients in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement litigation and APA rulemaking challenges; and representing government contractors in the negotiation and review of contracts and proposals, bid protests and contract disputes. Silver has spoken and written extensively on health care fraud and abuse issues and, most recently, on the new health care reform legislation.

A registered nurse before receiving her J.D. degree, Wirth practiced in university teaching hospitals, specializing in the kidney transplant, bone marrow transplant and major abdominal medical/surgical fields. She is returning to her practice in HLB's regulatory department, where she previously represented a wide variety of health care providers on reimbursement and regulatory matters. She has participated in litigation in federal and state courts challenging Medicare payments and Medicare regulations. She has prepared comments on behalf of providers in numerous federal rulemaking proceedings. Wirth also has advised clients on issues relating to anti-kickback and Stark issues, and conducted self-audits for providers of their financial relationships with physicians. With her extensive nursing background, she has worked with government officials to resolve various regulatory issues relating to licensure, certification and accreditation matters. Wirth is a member of the Washington, D.C., and California Bars.

Silver may be reached at 202.587.2593 or hsilver@health-law.com. Wirth may be reached at 202-587-2595 or pwirth@health-law.com.

Founded in 1987, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman PC, 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. For more information, visit www.health-law.com.