EBG Adds to Nashville Healthcare Practice
In late July, Epstein Becker Green (EBG) announced seasoned healthcare regulatory attorney Julie Watson Lampley and senior executive healthcare policy and compliance professional Machelle Dunavant Shields have joined the firm's Nashville office. The two previously practiced with Butler Snow.
Lampley, who joins EBG as a member of the firm, has more than 30 years of experience in the representation of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, academic medical centers and other research organizations, hospital systems, physician practice acquisition and management companies, dialysis providers, and other institutional healthcare providers. While at Butler Snow, Lampley developed the firmwide Healthcare Industry Team and previously served as leader of the Healthcare Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group. She is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and a 2015 Council Fellow. Currently, she serves on the board of BioFlorida, a network that includes 6,200 establishments and research organizations in the biopharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthIT, and bioagriculture sectors.
Shields, who is located in Memphis and joins EBG as a strategic advisor with the affiliated consultancy EBG Advisors, previously served as president of Butler Snow's affiliate focused on regulatory, clinical, quality, privacy, compliance, and reimbursement initiatives for medical device, biologics, and tissue manufacturers. Shields has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of compliance and ethics, privacy, and reimbursement support and strategy. She previously served as an executive for one of the world's top medical device companies. A frequent speaker at industry events, Shields is president-elect of the Southeastern Medical Device Association and serves on the executive committee of MedTech Women. She also serves as a mentor for Zeroto510K and Life Science Tennessee.
Bradley Attorneys Selected for AHLA Leadership Development Program
Justin K. Brown
Three attorneys with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP have been selected to participate in the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Leadership Development Program (LDP). Justin K. Brown from the firm's Birmingham office and Stephanie M. Hoffmann from the Nashville office will participate in the Hospitals and Health Systems practice group LDP, and Janus Pan from the Nashville office will participate in the Regulation, Accreditation and Payment practice group LDP. The year-long programs are designed to cultivate future leaders of the AHLA, including practice group vice chairs.
Stephanie M. Hoffmann
"We are very proud of Justin, Stephanie and Janus' selection as participants in the AHLA's Leadership Development Program, and we are pleased that they will continue our firm's longstanding tradition of service to AHLA," said Travis G. Lloyd, Bradley partner and chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice Group.
In the Birmingham office, Brown is a member of the firm's Healthcare Practice Group. He represents hospitals and healthcare providers in a variety of transactional, regulatory and operational matters. Previously, he was a trial attorney in the Public Defender Division for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston.
In the Nashville office, Hoffmann serves clients in the healthcare industry on an array of regulatory, operational and transactional matters. Before joining Bradley, she served in the business development unit of a commercial health insurance company, working extensively on legal and economic issues related to the national health reform law. She also previously worked in operations and development at an international women's health organization.
Pan focuses her practice on assisting hospitals and healthcare providers in transactional and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Bradley, she clerked for the Office of the Attorney General of California in the Antitrust Department on matters related to hospital mergers and acquisitions.
Mark Your Calendar
TBA Health Law Forum
The Tennessee Bar Association will host its 31st Annual Health Law Forum on Oct. 17-18 in Franklin at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs. Recognized as one of the premier health law programs in the nation, presentations include updates on TennCare, cyber threats in healthcare, fraud and abuse developments and enforcement actions, legislative and policy agendas, cloud-based vendor agreements and many other hot topics. For more information, go to cle.tba.org.
A Great Place to Practice
Last month, three area law firms were recognized by Working Mother in the magazine's 12th annual "Best Law Firms for Women" list. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Bass, Berry & Sims; and Waller were each recognized on the national list of 60 firms that use best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.
Working with the ABA Journal to create the 2019 list, the magazine spotlighted firms where women increasingly take on leadership roles and those where the representation of female attorneys is increasing. According to a release by Waller, firms on the list averaged 37 percent women among new equity partners, compared with only 27 percent five years ago. Additionally, the highlighted firms offer more extended parental-leave benefits, encourage more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours, and are increasingly offering reimbursements for egg freezing and other fertility procedures.
Additionally, the Chambers Associate guide recently released survey results, ranking the culture for associates in a number of categories, including recruitment and retention, satisfaction, career opportunities, diversity and commitment to pro bono work. In each category, the guide highlighted the top 40 to 50 firms nationally.
Waller led the way in Tennessee, coming in 27th nationally for associate satisfaction, 9th for retention of junior associates, and 11th for both career opportunities and diversity. Nelson Mullins, which has a Nashville office, was recognized as a best firm for pro bono work when it comes to sharpening skills and commitment to pro bono assistance.
Epstein Becker Green was also recognized in Law360's Diversity Snapshot as one of the top 25 law firms for minorities.