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Balch & Bingham Bolsters Healthcare Practice with Addition of 7 Attorneys in Jackson, Mississippi

Balch & Bingham LLP today announced the addition of partners Tom Kirkland, Allison Simpson and Andy Lowry, and associates Mary Jordan Fuller, Matt Sitton, Perry Taylor and Bea Tolsdorf. The multi-disciplinary team of attorneys, who join the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi, office, brings experience in a wide range of regulatory, transactional, appellate and litigation matters in the healthcare industry. 

“Over the past year, we have been exploring opportunities to enhance our healthcare capabilities. Our new partners and associates are outstanding additions to our growing team,” said M. Stanford Blanton, Balch & Bingham’s managing partner. “Their robust and diverse experience will help further develop our healthcare platform, while adding complementary skills.”

The addition of this team closely follows the recent addition of Martha Thompson to the Healthcare Litigation Group in the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama, office. 

“We are thrilled to welcome this team to the Jackson office,” said Tara P. Ellis, Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office managing partner. “They are highly respected attorneys with impressive experience in healthcare that complements our Jackson office and uniquely positions us to expand our offerings to companies within the healthcare community throughout our footprint. Their commitment to client service is consistent with Balch’s and will help us prepare clients to remain at the forefront of rapidly evolving trends.”

This new healthcare team has experience providing counsel to private tax-exempt hospitals, for-profit hospitals, physicians and physician-practice groups, long-term care providers, home health agencies, dialysis facilities, cancer centers, laboratories, hospices, diagnostic facilities and ambulatory surgery centers.

“We were attracted to Balch & Bingham’s regional platform, culture, expansive reach and focused industry experience,” said Thomas Kirkland, partner. “We are excited about leveraging our integrated offerings for clients and contributing to the growth of the firm.”  

 

About Thomas Kirkland

Tom Kirkland, partner, has more than 30 years of experience with healthcare transactions, health planning and licensure regulations, along with conditions of participation, which bolsters his ability to provide counsel to clients on certificate of need, licensure and Medicare regulations in Mississippi and across the Southeast. He also has experience representing providers in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement appeals and compliance with Stark and Anti-Kickback issues. Kirkland received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. 

 

About Allison C. Simpson

Allison Simpson, partner, focuses her practice on addressing healthcare providers' regulatory issues including reimbursement, audits, licensing, provider enrollment and changes of ownership, medical staff matters, federal disclosures, and compliance. She also regularly drafts and obtains certificates of need and leads strategic planning for expansion of facilities and services. Simpson received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

 

About Andy Lowry

Andy Lowry, partner, represents clients in appellate litigation, involving certificate of need and reimbursement matters. In addition, he represents nursing homes in medical malpractice litigation. Lowry received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

 

About Mary Jordan Fuller

Mary Jordan Fuller, associate, focuses her practice on certificate of need, licensure and certification issues for healthcare providers. Fuller received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

 

About Matthew D. Sitton

Matt Sitton, associate, focuses his practice on healthcare compliance with state and federal laws, the structuring of business transactions for healthcare providers, and the defense of healthcare clients in commercial litigation and governmental audits. Sitton received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

 

About Perry Taylor

Perry Taylor, associate, focuses his practice on healthcare litigation and regulatory, licensing and transactional issues related to healthcare. Taylor received his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law.

 

About Bea Tolsdorf

Bea Tolsdorf, associate, focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory and compliance work, providing advice to clients ranging from individual practitioners to large hospital systems. She previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Tolsdorf received her J.D. from the Mississippi School of Law.