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Healthcare Law

Total Credits: 6 including 5 CLE, 1 Ethics

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Kelli Fleming |  Mitchell Surface |  Dana Gibson Taunton |  Ty Dedmon |  Alice C. Harris |  Walt Green |  Candace Gregory |  Thomas Sullivan |  Bill Katz |  Kenneth Racowski |  JC "Chris" Christie, Jr. |  Wayne Rogers
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Embassy Suites - Hoover - Birmingham, Alabama



As the future of American and Alabama healthcare law evolves, it is important that attorneys from all areas of the law are up to date on the latest legislative and policy developments and the implementation of significant healthcare initiatives.  Our speakers are among the leading health care law experts in the region.  Whether you are an experienced health care attorney seeking updates or new to health care practice, this seminar is for you



Kelli Fleming's Profile

Kelli Fleming Related Seminars and Products

Burr & Forman LLP

Kelli’s experience includes health care privacy and security matters, licensure and certificate of need issues, contract drafting and negotiation, fraud and abuse compliance, Medicare/Medicaid regulatory guidance, third-party payor audits and disputes, employment matters, and various other corporate and regulatory concerns health care providers may face. Kelli has a focus within the area of HIPAA compliance, ensuring her clients adhere to the privacy and security policies and procedures that are required of them. Kelli assists all types of clients within the health care industry, including hospitals, surgery centers, physician practices, diagnostic centers, and home health and hospice agencies.  Having a father who is also an attorney, Kelli has been around the profession all her life. She has developed the ability to guide clients in overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities within the legal framework impacting the highly-regulated health care industry. Resourceful and collaborative, Kelli values the interaction she has with her clients and places her focus on assisting them with growing their businesses and achieving their goals.

Kelli is a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, Charitable Contributions Committee, and Health Care Group. Kelli is also a contributing writer for the Birmingham Medical News and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. When she’s not in the office, Kelli is involved in the activities of her two children and loves to travel.  Kelli earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and her B.S. from Washington and Lee University.

Mitchell Surface's Profile

Mitchell Surface Related Seminars and Products

Maynard Nexsen PC

Mitch is an Associate in Maynard Nexsen’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice groups. He works with healthcare providers and suppliers across the United States with the full range of regulatory, compliance and transactional matters directly impacting their business operations and goals. His practice varies widely according to the needs of his clients.

With an LL.M. in Health Law and Policy and serving as President and founding member of the Student Health Lawyers Association while in law school, Mitch is a zealous advocate and passionate about healthcare law. He earned his J.D., cum laude, and LL.M. in Health Law and Policy from Cumberland School of Law, where he also served as Online Editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and was awarded Scholar of Merit in several courses. He holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Professional Ethics, magna cum laude, from Valdosta State University.  Prior to joining Maynard Nexsen, Mitch practiced at a boutique litigation firm in Birmingham, where he concentrated his practice in the areas of professional liability litigation, representing physicians, providers, engineers, architects, designers, brokers, safety consultants, and other professionals. Mitch represented professionals in federal and state courts in Alabama and Georgia and assisted the firm with cases in Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Dana Gibson Taunton's Profile

Dana Gibson Taunton Related Seminars and Products

Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC

Dana joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in 1998 and has handled complex  business and commercial litigation and products liability and personal  injury litigation. Currently, she focuses her practice in the areas of  product liability and personal injury.   Many of her product liability cases have resulted in multi-million  dollar settlements for her clients. She further acts as the lead  appellant attorney for the firm’s Product Liability/Personal Injury  Section.   Dana, born and raised in Butler, Alabama, received her law degree in  1993 from the University of Alabama School of Law. She worked as a law  clerk for the Honorable Ira DeMent, United States District Court for the  Middle District of Alabama.  Prior to joining Beasley Allen, she worked for a prominent defense  firm and had a brief stint with the State of Alabama Attorney General’s  Office.

Ty Dedmon's Profile

Ty Dedmon Related Seminars and Products

Bradley Arant Boult Cummnings LLP

Ty Dedmon’s practice is focused on helping clients solve their most complex problems. He has coordinated national and regional litigation in the areas of toxic tort, product liability, professional negligence, and commercial disputes. Clients have come to depend on his seasoned judgment and leadership of effective teams to accomplish excellent results no matter the venue, opponent, or subject matter. Given his breadth of experience, Ty particularly enjoys providing outside general counsel guidance to growing companies to help them identify and address the unpredictable legal issues that they may encounter – particularly with respect to the implementation of emerging technologies.

Although Ty’s mass litigation experience has involved a variety of industries, his trial practice has focused on healthcare clients. He currently leads Bradley’s Healthcare Litigation team and has spent his entire career representing the Southeast’s leading providers in their highest stakes matters. He regularly defends healthcare professionals and facilities against malpractice claims, as well as reimbursement and commercial disputes. This includes defending wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims arising from anesthesia, neurosurgery, organ transplant, infectious disease, oncology, emergency medicine, and dialysis treatment. His commercial healthcare practice is particularly focused on disputes over ownership of closely held providers, claims arising from merger and acquisition activity, and managed care reimbursement disputes.

Alice C. Harris's Profile

Alice C. Harris Related Seminars and Products

Maynard Nexsen PC

Alice Harris is an experienced health care, reimbursement, and compliance attorney based in the Firm's Columbia, South Carolina office, where she assists hospitals, health care systems, FQHCs, clinical laboratories, physicians and physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living/Community Residential Care Facilities, hospice agencies, home health care agencies, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, behavioral health providers, pharmacy providers, and other health care providers with a wide variety of matters. Her practice focuses on health care regulatory compliance, payor audit appeals and defense, reimbursement, billing and coding, Medicare and Medicaid exclusion and termination matters, credit balance issues, COVID-19 advice, 340B compliance and audit defense, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, FQHC compliance and reimbursement issues, health care licensing and CHOW, compliance program guidance, response to federal and state contractor audits, internal investigations, fraud and abuse analysis and litigation matters, federal and state survey and certification matters, Medicaid Cost Report appeals, EMTALA investigations, transactional compliance due diligence and health care CON and licensing, and other health care regulatory and litigation matters.

Alice has experience handling overpayment and extrapolated overpayment appeals related to Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial payor audits, including UPIC, MIC, TPE, Medicaid Integrity, and other contractor audits. She also assists providers with proactive compliance assistance to reduce exposure to audits, as well as root cause examinations and the development of corrective action plans to address underlying issues related to ongoing payor audits.
Her compliance analysis and advice experience ranges from initial formation and restructuring of compliance programs, including policy and procedure development, to internal investigations, potential whistleblower exposure, and coordination of ongoing coding reviews.  Alice also has extensive health care litigation experience.

Walt Green's Profile

Walt Green Related Seminars and Products

Phelps Dunbar LLP

Walt Green focuses his practice on cybersecurity, white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, and litigation. Walt served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud from 2013-2017. He retired from the United States Department of Justice with over 20 years of federal experience. Walt also served in the United States Marine Corps for over 30 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel.  In addition to defending businesses against cyber class actions in multiple jurisdictions, Walt routinely provides real-time counseling for companies to respond to data breaches and cyber intrusions of their computer systems, including incidents across multiple states. He guides companies through cyberattacks, including C-suite counseling, coordinating forensic efforts, liaising with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and providing domestic and international notification advice.

Walt also advises domestic companies on compliance with U.S. data privacy laws, including the California Privacy Rights Act and other states’ data regulations. He helps multinational companies stay on top of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and China’s Personal Information Protection Law.  In addition to his cybersecurity practice, Walt defends doctors, nurses, health care systems and health care executives in civil and criminal health care investigations.

Candace Gregory's Profile

Candace Gregory Related Seminars and Products

Phelps Dunbar LLP

Candace Gregory brings a rare combination of civil and criminal litigation experience to her practice. She has tried more than 40 cases to verdict, handled over 100 investigations for a Fortune 500 company, and managed the staffing and oversight of hundreds of government investigations. Candace's practice focuses on litigation, cybersecurity, white-collar defense and investigations, and media and First Amendment law. She is also a trained mediator and is available to act as a neutral third party to assist litigants in resolving their disputes prior to trial. Candace’s pragmatism and fairness on both sides of the court room has made her a sought-after neutral. 

Candace was most recently the Director of the Public Integrity Division and Statewide Coordinator for officer involved shootings for the Attorney General of Mississippi. Prior to that, she was the first hybrid Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of Mississippi, responsible for litigating both civil and criminal civil rights cases. Additionally, Candace was the coordinator for both civil rights and violent crimes throughout the District.  Earlier in her career, Candace worked as a Public Defender for Hinds County, Mississippi and in private practice in the areas of criminal law, family law, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. She also worked as an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration. While in law school, Candace taught 10th and 11th grade boys at one of Baltimore’s first charter schools, Baltimore Freedom Academy. She also worked as a Clinical law Fellow in HIV/AIDS law.  Candace is committed to mentoring the next generation of leaders. She has coached high school mock trial teams in Maryland and Mississippi. A number of her students pursued legal careers and gained their first professional experience working with her. She is currently an adjunct professor of criminal law and procedure, and business law at South College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thomas Sullivan's Profile

Thomas Sullivan Related Seminars and Products

Phelps Dunbar LLP

For over 30 years, Tom Sullivan has represented clients in almost every aspect of the health care industry, from hospitals and nursing facilities to physicians and surgeons, suppliers, consultants and vendors. His early career experience as a contract litigator taught him not only how to try a case but also how to identify potential issues when drafting documents and address them before they result in contract provisions that produce future litigation. He applies this linear and pragmatic approach when drafting business contracts and transaction documents and advising his clients in the health care field.

Working in the health care field also means being available to assist clients at any time—an approach that has often helped prevent transactions from failing. Tom makes it a point to be available for clients when needed, whenever and whatever the circumstances.

Bill Katz's Profile

Bill Katz Related Seminars and Products

Holland & Knight LLP

Bill Katz is a Partner in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Bill is a first-chair trial lawyer who focuses his practice on resolving complex disputes, particularly those involving antitrust issues and clients in the healthcare industry. In addition to counseling clients on a variety of antitrust issues, he represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitration panels and administrative agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Bill is a frequent speaker and author on antitrust, health care, class action, and other complex litigation issues.  He has been recognized in the areas of antitrust law and commercial litigation in several legal directories, including The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA, in which clients have described him as an “A+ litigator who would be on anyone’s list of lawyers if you had a problem.”  Bill is an active member of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Trial Practice Committee. Bill received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994 and his B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University in 1991.

Kenneth Racowski's Profile

Kenneth Racowski Related Seminars and Products

Holland & Knight LLP

Mr. Racowski is a first-chair trial lawyer, well regarded for his success in the defense and trial of commercial disputes throughout the United States. His most recent trials have involved antitrust issues, including a three-week trial in federal court of a competitor action alleging group boycott and information exchange claims, and an eight-week trial against Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations of anti-competitive conduct.  Mr. Racowski has two decades of experience representing public and private companies in class actions and other high-stakes commercial litigation. His experience spans a wide range of substantive areas, including antitrust, contract and business tort, government investigation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and securities and corporate governance matters.

As a trusted advisor to his clients, Mr. Racowski is regularly called upon to tackle companies' most critical legal challenges. In addition to litigation, he represents clients in response to government investigations by federal agencies and state attorneys general. Clients also seek Mr. Racowski's input on corporate compliance, internal investigations, media strategies, and negotiations with customers and suppliers. His clients include leading companies in the life sciences, technology, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, transportation and consumer products, among other industries.

JC "Chris" Christie, Jr.'s Profile

JC "Chris" Christie, Jr. Related Seminars and Products

Dentons Sirote PC

Chris Christie represents plans, fiduciaries, and insurers in employee benefits litigation, including several ERISA fiduciary breach trials. He has handled many lawsuits involving stock valuations and financial and statistical expert witnesses. Since 2012, he has been a Fellow with the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. Christie represents providers in healthcare litigation. He has handled numerous False Claims Act cases, class actions, and bet-the-company cases. He has tried and won at trial against the Department of Justice in two healthcare False Claims Act cases. Mr. Christie has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2005 and was named by Super Lawyers as a “Top 50 Attorney in Alabama.” He frequently speaks and publishes on employee benefits, legal ethics, and how to prepare for and try lawsuits.  Mr. Christie received his BA from Rhodes College, his MA from Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, and his JD from Duke University School of Law.

Wayne Rogers Related Seminars and Products

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Wayne Rogers currently serves as Executive Assistant to Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway. He accepted the appointment to this position in 2019 after practicing law in the Birmingham area for 30 years. Wayne serves on the Board of Directors of Crisis Intervention Teams International (“CITI”), the largest organization in the country dedicated to training law enforcement officers how to deal with individuals in a Mental Health and/or Addiction Crisis. He also serves on the Board of the Craig Crisis Care Center in Birmingham. He regularly teaches Crisis Intervention to law enforcement officers and others at the Sheriff’s Academy and the Birmingham Veterans Administration. He has worked to establish numerous health programs in the Jefferson County Jails, including a telehealth program, a jail-based Competency Restoration Program, and a social services program for HIV-positive individuals, the latter in conjunction with Birmingham AIDS Outreach. Wayne started his career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division from 1989 until 1995. He then spent 21 years as the Managing Counsel of Rogers & Associates, the Travelers Insurance Company Staff Counsel Office for the State of Alabama. In 2016, Wayne retired from Travelers and joined his best friend from law school to form DeGaris & Rogers, LLC, a small plaintiff’s personal injury practice. One of the few things that could have pulled him away from that practice was the opportunity to finish his career in government service, where his career began. Wayne is married to Lauri Sitton Rogers, the CFO of Red Mountain Theatre Company, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.


Embassy Suites - Hoover

2960 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama 35244, United States
(205) 985-9994