Atlanta/Augusta, Georgia Business and Healthcare Lawyers
We advise and represent physicians, medical practices, physician associations, hospitals and medical staff, healthcare related businesses, closely-held specialty businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in business matters and disputes. Whether the engagement of our business and healthcare law firm is to avoid legal or regulatory problems, defend a medical audit, negotiate and close the deal, or effective courtroom advocacy, we guarantee unyielding commitment to meeting your legal needs and protecting your financial and professional interests. Hamil Little is a focused, hard-working boutique law firm that relies upon extensive experience of accomplished lawyers devoted to first class legal representation and problem solving with strong emphasis on individualized service and attention to each client.
Our business and healthcare law firm features one-stop shopping for physicians, medical practices and other healthcare businesses. We have the resources, training, experience and professional relationships to properly serve the very unique legal needs of healthcare providers in a customized, responsive and effective way. Our firm’s lawyers provide, for example, legal advice and representation regarding regulatory compliance; fraud investigations; business set up and dissolution; medical staffing, personnel and employment issues; operational issues; contract and lease negotiations and drafting; medical audits; and general counsel services. We provide similar business counsel and services for non-healthcare business and professionals.
We are not just business counsel, however. Our lawyers are seasoned advocates with substantial experience representing our clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative proceedings, arbitration and mediation. We represent and protect clients in breach of contract and business litigation, employment litigation, complex civil disputes, reimbursement disputes and other unique issues involving healthcare providers, and where our clients have legal claims for a financial recovery.
Our offices are located in Enterprise Mill in the Medical District of Augusta, Georgia and in the Four Seasons building in Midtown Atlanta. We typically serve clients in Georgia and South Carolina, but often represent clients throughout the United States.
What We Do
Hamil Little is focused on the following complimentary practice areas:
- Health Law
- Compliance Plans
- Business and Contracts
- Business Litigation
- Litigation and Administrative Hearings
- Medical Audits and Defense of Federal Investigations
- Third Party Payer Contracting and Reimbursement Disputes
- Forming or Dissolving a Business
- Staffing and Employment Law
- Physician Practices
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
Our Goal: We intend to form a partnership with every client, committed to avoiding and solving serious legal problems. As a law firm, we strive to deliver legal services at the highest level and foster client confidence in our expertise and commitment. Ultimately, we intend to help our clients make, keep, save or recover money, or otherwise protect their interests.
Our Clients: Most often we represent healthcare providers, closely-held businesses, business owners and entrepreneurs, educators and high-level professionals. Our law firm’s existing and past clients include numerous physician practices, individual physicians, physician groups and associations, ambulance services, FQHCs and other health centers, elder care businesses, durable medical equipment businesses, labs, physical therapy businesses, healthcare consultants, medical technology and data businesses, and numerous other professionals and individuals. While many of our clients are located or based in Georgia and South Carolina, our law firm has represented clients throughout the United States.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Experience. Our law practice is built on the strong mix of litigation and transactional legal experience of our lawyers obtained during Federal or State Court Judicial Clerkships, service as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, employment by larger private law firms, service as Senior In-house Counsel to a large, health sciences university, and many years in the trenches of private law practice. Based on a complimentary blend of transactional and litigation experience in significant legal matters, our lawyers are well trained to handle transactional matters and disputes for our clients.
Value. Our business and healthcare law firm delivers high-quality legal work in a cost-effective way. Not working for larger private law firms was a decision and an ongoing luxury that, we believe, affords a better way for us to provide high-level professional services to our clients. Though we have first class facilities, our firm, small by choice, is not encumbered by high overhead and the attending billing rigidity that many larger law firms face. With greater flexibility in how we approach problem solving for clients and structure our legal engagements, we are better equipped and positioned to provide true value to clients. We know that while high-quality legal work is never quick or cheap, all legal expense should be reasonable, fair and, above all, expected.
Accessibility. No one wants to hire a lawyer and not be able to reach him or her. An unreachable lawyer inspires doubt and concern about how (or whether) a matter is handled. Being available and responsive to our clients is a hallmark of our law practice. We know that our clients appreciate our responsiveness and personalized approach to addressing their needs.
Commitment. Serious legal needs are not met by half-hearted efforts of a client or lawyer. Rather, both the client and counsel must be completely committed and engaged to ensure the best chance for success in addressing a legal need. We are always fully committed and also selective about our clients and every engagement. We enjoy the challenges of tackling difficult, individualized legal needs and unique cases, and the opportunity to involve and partner with our clients in the process. We have the experience and resources to handle our cases properly and desire clients as committed as we are. Whether our task involves dicey regulatory issues or complex litigation, we commit the time, energy and resources required to handle the problem in an effective way, to reduce our clients’ risks or maximize their chances of a recovery.
Our law firm is not a mill operation, nor can we handle all legal matters or requests for representation. Instead, we selectively limit our law practice principally to a more specialized niche of legal work that involves business, healthcare or employment law, and often a combination thereof, which may be transactional or dispute-based in nature. Because most of our clients are owners of or professionals who work for a healthcare business, our handling of their business and litigation matters has allowed us to develop expertise applicable to their industry and focus on recurrent special problems they confront in the world of healthcare. We handle business and litigation matters for some non-healthcare providers as well.
Representative Transactional Engagements:
- business set up and ownership agreements
- negotiating and/or drafting contracts and leases
- physician practice set up
- concierge and direct pay medical practice set up
- buying or selling a medical practice
- representation of physicians in joint ventures
- negotiating and/or drafting (as employer or employee) physician employment agreements
- negotiating and/or drafting (as employer or employee) employment agreements for non-professional staff
- negotiating and/or drafting non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants
- evaluating transactions, practices or pay schemes with regard to regulatory issues (e.g., potential applicability of STARK Law and exceptions, or Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and safe harbors)
- Qui Tam, False Claim Act and fraud investigations
- written compliance program with policies and procedures, tracking ACA requirements for billing practices, documentation, improper inducements
- written employment policies and procedures or handbook
- medical audit and Section 340B audit preparedness
- professional credentialing
Representative Litigation Engagements:
- business divorce
- breach of contract or lease
- non-compete agreement enforcement or defense
- compensation and commission disputes
- physician compensation disputes
- physician practice break ups
- fraud and business torts
- employment law, labor and wage claims
- third party payer disputes
- insurance coverage disputes
- complex litigation involving multiple plaintiffs or defendants
A COMMITTED PARTNER TO EVERY CLIENT
I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lee Little for over 10 years. I have always found her to be responsive, honest, assertive, resourceful, and thorough in all that she does. Her legal knowledge, skills and her dedication to her clients is second to none.
(P.R., Human Resources Professional, Georgia)
As the details of our work that require legal counsel are often meticulous and hold the potential for serious liability, I found Kevin's assistance to me as an FQHC CEO invaluable. In several different types of cases, i.e. HR, business contracts, or healthcare matters in general, I found his contributions yielded a significant return on our investment.
J.C. (CEO, Health Center)
I worked with Lee Little for a bit over 8 years when we both represented the interests of a public institution in Augusta. In all my 30 plus years of interactions with attorneys during my professional life, she was the gold standard. While maintaining objectivity, she always was diligent in listening to the concerns of her “clients” and made sure she understood our issues.
B.A. (Health Sciences Executive)
I am a Family Physician in practice for over 30 years in Augusta, GA. Kevin represented a large group of physicians (IPA) in a complicated legal battle with a LARGE healthcare insurer. He was successful in getting us a multi-million dollar settlement. He was so prepared that the defendants refused to go to trial. Since then, he has arranged all contractual work as I left private practice and began working for a large Urgent Care group.
Bill, MD (Primary Care Physician)
Lee Little is driven, determined, and dedicated to achieving the best results for her clients. I had the pleasure of working with Lee for over nine years and consider myself privileged to know her. She has excellent knowledge and experience related to the law but most of all she has a stellar reputation which is confirmed once you interact with her.
DT (healthcare field, Georgia)
Kevin represented the Medical Association of Georgia and individual physicians in a matter addressing the abuses of the health insurance industry. Kevin was a pleasure to work with and brought forth legal theories to hold the health insurance industry accountable to physicians and patients.
Donald Palmisano, CEO and General Counsel, The Medical Association of Georgia
For ten years Lee Little has provided comprehensive legal direction. She is always approachable, quickly assesses the situation and provides clear and concise legal opinions.
S.W. (Higher Education Professional)
Lee Little is an outstanding legal advisor and advocate. In working with her on a number of complex and challenging business opportunities over the past years, I have been impressed with her quick grasp of the issues, thoughtful problem-solving style, compassion and concern, and her unfailing focus on “doing the right thing.”
C.M. (Executive, Augusta, Georgia)