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Health Care Litigation

With a deep understanding of clients’ businesses and the regulations they face, the Spencer Fane Health Care Litigation team represents hospitals, physicians, and physician groups in disputes touching on every part of the industry, including medical malpractice defense litigation, False Claims Act litigation, peer review and licensure actions, and contractual disputes. Health care leaders often hire the firm when the future of their careers or facilities are at risk, knowing our attorneys are responsive and dedicated to fighting for their future in practicing medicine and providing appropriate patient care.

The litigation practice intersects with the Health Care Regulatory team to unravel complex issues for our clients. We cut through regulatory complexities to provide health care leaders with the practical business advice they need to move forward when faced with potentially damaging litigation.

Our attorneys have extensive experience serving as outside general counsel to health care entities of all sizes, and this experience drives our ability to understand how litigation could disrupt business operations. We focus on helping health care facilities minimize the risk of litigation but also have the institutional knowledge to provide appropriate defenses based on an in-depth understanding of how health care laws and regulations result in disputes and litigation that don’t come up in other industries.

Our attorneys know health care litigation matters don’t follow a 9-to-5 schedule. The most experienced leaders on our team consider themselves on-call for our clients when needed, creating a relationship based on trust and care. This includes an understanding that health care litigation often involves both legal and reputational exposure.

Health care leaders facing medical malpractice claims gain industry knowledge beyond our firm. Our team regularly works with experts in the medical field across a sophisticated global network to provide our clients with the best representation possible.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a hospital sued for inadequate security after a homicide occurred on facility grounds – claims were dismissed on motion.
  • Defended a physicians group in an anti-trust dispute – at trial, the jury sided with our client.
  • Represented a hospital in qui-tam False Claims Act dispute on appeal.
  • Represented multiple hospital systems and individual practitioners in the defense of medical malpractice allegations.