Atlanta/Augusta, Georgia Business and Healthcare Lawyers
Our law firm advises and represents medical practices, surgery centers, individual physicians and physician groups, hospitals and medical staffs, numerous other types of healthcare providers, closely-held specialty businesses, and high-level professionals in business matters and disputes. Whether engaged to avoid legal or regulatory problems, close a transaction, negotiate a contract, protect a professional license, or for courtroom advocacy, our business and healthcare law firm guarantees unyielding commitment to protecting your financial and professional interests. Hamil Little is a focused, hard-working boutique law firm built upon extensive experience of accomplished, well-networked lawyers devoted to first class legal representation and highly personalized service. We take a practical approach to legal problem solving for every client in a responsive and efficient manner for each business or person we agree to help.Healthcare Law
Hamil Little is a business and healthcare law firm that features one-stop shopping for medical practices, individual physicians and physician groups, surgery and urgent care centers, hospitals, FQHCs and other professionals and healthcare businesses that must navigate the highly regulated and ever changing legal environment of our healthcare industry. We have the resources, training and unique experience to efficiently serve the specialized legal needs of healthcare professionals, providers and vendors. Our lawyers represent healthcare clients in, for example, contract and business litigation, credentialing disputes, Medical Board and license-related matters, third party payor disputes, contract negotiation and drafting, medical audits and law enforcement investigations, physician compensation disputes, and employment or staffing issues. We provide similar business counsel and services for non-healthcare businesses and professionals with unique legal needs.Litigation
Our lawyers are seasoned advocates with substantial experience in federal and state court litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings, arbitration and mediation. We regularly represent healthcare and business clients in breach of contract and business litigation, employment litigation, complex civil disputes, reimbursement disputes, partnership disputes, and cases that seek some form of 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. Most often, we serve clients in Georgia and South Carolina, but have represented clients in (or with matters in) numerous other States.What We Do
Hamil Little is focused on the following complimentary practice areas:
- Health Law
- Business Litigation
- Business and Contracts
- Professional Licensing and Medical Credentialing
- Litigation and Administrative Hearings
- Forming or Dissolving a Business
- Medical Audits and Defense of Federal Investigations
- Third Party Payer Contracting and Reimbursement Disputes
- Staffing and Employment Law
- Physician Practices
Our Goal: We form a partnership with every client that is mutually committed to avoiding or solving a serious legal problem. As a law firm, we strive to deliver legal services at the highest level and foster client confidence in our expertise and commitment. We expect to help our clients make, keep, save or recover money, and otherwise protect their interests.
Our Clients: Most of our clients are healthcare providers, closely-held businesses, business owners and entrepreneurs, and high-level professionals. Our law firm’s existing and past clients include business owners, physicians, physician groups and associations, ambulance services, FQHCs and other health centers, elder care businesses, durable medical equipment businesses, labs, physical therapy businesses, and numerous professionals and individuals. Our clients are typically located in Georgia and South Carolina, but our law firm has represented clients from over 25 States.WHY CHOOSE US?
Experience. Our law practice is built on a strong mix of litigation and transactional legal experience, including, for example, State and Federal Judicial Clerkships, the U.S. Department of Justice, larger private law firms, a large, health sciences university, and many years in the trenches of private law practice. Based upon 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.
Responsiveness. Not working for larger private law firms was a decision and ongoing luxury for our lawyers that, we believe, affords a better way for us to provide high-level professional services to our clients in a personalized, responsive way. Though we have first class facilities, our firm is not encumbered by the high overhead and rigidity of larger law firms. With greater flexibility in how we approach problem solving for clients and structure our legal engagements, we strive to be better positioned to respond to our clients’ needs and provide true value to them.
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 being handled. Being available to our clients is a hallmark of our law practice. We know that our clients appreciate our personalized approach to addressing their needs because we are often told that. Our flexible approach to fee arrangements enhances our accessibility to clients in some cases. We know that while high-quality legal work is never quick or cheap, all legal expense should be reasonable, fair and, above all, expected.
Commitment. Serious legal needs are not met by half-hearted efforts. Rather, both 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 selective about our clients and legal engagements. Our lawyers enjoy the challenges of tackling difficult legal problems and unique cases. Whether a matter involves difficult regulatory issues or complex litigation, we will commit the time, energy and resources required to handle the problem in an effective way.LEGAL ENGAGEMENTS
Our law firm is not a mill operation and we cannot accept all legal matters or requests for representation. Instead, we selectively limit our law practice to a more specialized niche of legal work and matters that involve business, healthcare or employment issues, and often a combination thereof. Matters we accept may be transactional or dispute-based in nature. Because most of our clients are owners of, or professionals who work for, a healthcare business, we have much experience in healthcare related legal issues. We focus our practice on the unique problems our clients confront in the world of healthcare. We handle business and litigation matters for some non-health care 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 handbooks
- 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
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
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) February 9, 2015
Great lawyer for physician contracts. Kevin Little helped me navigate through my first employment contract as a physician, and made a potentially stressful time into a stress-free experience! He explained everything in a way that I could understand and was very thorough. Kevin is prompt in his responses to emails and punctual, which I really appreciated. I highly recommend Kevin Little for reviewing physician contracts - whether you are a new grad or a seasoned physician switching jobs!
M.L. (Physician) November 1, 2017
I am a professional from New York and Kevin Little of Hamil Little Law Firm represented me in Federal Court Litigation. I was referred to Kevin Little through another great New York Attorney and am pleased to give the whole team my highest praise.
G.R. (Professional) March 28, 2017
Kevin Little truly stands out among healthcare attorneys. He remains amicable and approachable despite being quite experienced and well-known in his field. I spoke to about 10 other attorneys before choosing him to review my employment contract.
A.T. (Physician) October 11, 2016
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) (2016)
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) (2016)
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) October 22, 2014
Excellent. Kevin helped review a physician contract with me before signing. Offered a great deal of helpful suggestions. Was attentive and patient. Overall great customer service and a pleasure to work with.
V.M (Physician) January 25, 2017
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) (2016)
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) (2015)
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) (2015)
Initials may be used to protect client confidentiality. All testimonials in this website are direct quotations from personal client reviews. We cannot guarantee a particular outcome in any case, but we guarantee our best efforts to provide true value for each client, to obtain a successful outcome in every engagement, and our commitment to ensuring as best we can your satisfaction with our efforts.