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Health Care Litigation

The Health Care Litigation practice attorneys represent health care systems, hospitals and physician practice groups, as well as individual physicians, nurses and other medical professionals practicing in acute and post-acute care settings across the country.

The team routinely handles matters related to catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, toxic torts, HIPAA breach investigations and reporting, HIPAA breach litigation, products liability, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, complex antitrust and qui tam litigation, and business litigation for health care entities. In addition to their litigation work, our lawyers counsel clients on risk identification, mitigation and resolution.

In an ever-evolving regulatory atmosphere, health care providers face more challenges than ever. Our health care litigators also work with Armstrong Teasdale’s Health Care practice, which provides a broader scope of services to support our health care industry clients. Armstrong Teasdale attorneys frequently counsel on compliance-related matters, including the Stark Law, HIPAA, Unfair Merchandising Practices Act and best practices for electronic medical records. This also includes privacy matters relating to the misuse or abuse of protected health information, working closely with our Privacy and Data Security practice attorneys.

Our lawyers, licensed in multiple states, have successfully handled cases for health care systems, hospitals and individuals, as well as large-scale matters involving broader public health threats and crises. The team also supports health care clients in corporate and business matters such as contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, and complex regulatory matters related to biotechnology and life sciences.

Members of the Health Care Litigation practice area operate as a team, with each secretary, paralegal and lawyer having distinct responsibilities geared toward efficient and effective client service. Our team of qualified professionals includes three J.D. RNs and several paralegal RNs who have over 50 years of combined clinical experience in various areas of medicine. Tim Gearin, one of our J.D. RNs, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in recognition of his advocacy skills. In addition to in-house medical experience, we rely on world-renowned expert consultants to further evaluate and defend pending and threatened litigation.

Our attorneys also frequently speak and publish, as well as provide seminars for health care professionals on a variety of educational topics.


The trial lawyers within the Health Care Litigation practice area have secured a number of successful defense verdicts around the country that ranked among the highest in at least a dozen years. Practicing in both liberal and conservative venues across the country, our lawyers have an extraordinary record of obtaining numerous defense verdicts in courts that are considered to be notoriously difficult venues. The following includes a sample of the types of matters that have been successfully resolved by the Health Care Litigation team:

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case alleging permanent brain injury in a minor child as a failure to timely diagnose and treat a mycoplasma pneumonia and encephalitis.
  • Obtained a defense verdict following a 10-week jury trial involving a birth injury in Tennessee.
  • Secured a defense verdict for hospital system client in a contentious wrongful death lawsuit that spanned seven years.
  • Defended and successfully resolved catastrophic injury litigation cases for hospitals nationally.
  • Successfully investigated and resolved matters regarding HIPAA violations, including the inadvertent misdirection of more than 1,000 patients’ protected health information.
  • Defended misrepresentation claims in multidistrict federal litigation.
  • Represented clients in product liability actions regarding toxic torts, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
  • Defended allegations regarding the False Claims Act and represented clients in qui tam actions.
  • Counseled hospital system clients on trademark litigation.


Additional areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Administrative hearings
  • Breach of privacy
  • Claim investigations
  • Commercial litigation
  • Emergency care
  • Failure to obtain informed consent
  • HIPAA cases, including regulatory matters
  • Hospital nursing
  • Medical device cases
  • Obstetrical cases, including cerebral palsy, hypoxic encephalitis and birth traumas
  • Pharmaceutical cases
  • Primary care/internal medicine
  • Privacy and data security
  • Regulatory compliance matters
  • Specialty areas (cardiology, endocrinology, hematology, neurology, pathology, pediatrics, radiology, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, etc.)
  • Surgical care
  • Tort cases

Questions? Contact one of our Health Care Litigation attorneys or Health Care attorneys.