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Chambers Recognizes Procopio’s Health Care Practice

San Diego, CA – The law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is proud to announce that Chambers and Partners has recognized the firm’s health care practice as one of the top in California in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA. George “Jody” Root, Jr., Mary K. Norvell and Diane M. Racicot, three members of Procopio’s health care group, have also been recognized as outstanding attorneys in the health care arena.

“We are honored to receive recognition for our hard work and dedication to practicing in the area of health care law,” said Jody Root, leader of Procopio’s Health Care practice group. “We will continue to work hard on behalf of our clients and continually strive to exceed the expectations they have for superior service and quality legal work.”

Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. A team of 100 full-time researchers conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. Working with the editors, they identify and rank the world’s best lawyers (i.e. those which perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients – such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery, value for money).

In March 2007, Procopio announced the creation of a national health care practice with the addition of nine leading attorneys from Foley & Lardner LLP. These attorneys formed the nucleus of Procopio’s Health Care practice group, adding significant experience and expertise to the firm as well as national clients representing all segments of the health care industry. Procopio’s health care attorneys counsel and represent all segments of the highly regulated health care industry, including hospitals, physician groups, HMOs, County Organized Health Systems (COHSs), public agencies, medical equipment and device companies, and ancillary providers on a wide range of issues. Their services also encompass regulatory and governmental compliance-related matters, including health care false claims and compliance counseling; Medicare and Medicaid; legislation; and corporate integrity agreements.

“We are very proud of our health care group and their achievements over the past few years,” said Thomas W. Turner, Jr., Procopio’s managing partner. “We anticipate continued growth in this key strategic area, which has great synergies with many of our other practice groups.”

As reported in Chambers USA, Jody Root is known as “an outstanding and articulate professional who excels in suggesting solutions to the toughest of issues.” Mr. Root represents health care providers throughout the United States and is general counsel to several general acute care and specialty hospitals, medical groups, and health care industry trade associations. He was formerly the chair of Foley & Lardner’s Health Law and Regulated Industries Departments and the Health Care Industry Team; original Office Managing Partner of Foley’s San Diego office; and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Mary Norvell focuses her practice on business and transactional matters for healthcare providers, with an emphasis on nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations; public, nonprofit and tax-exempt, and proprietary hospitals and health systems; independent physician/provider associations; integrated health care networks; tax-exempt financing; licensure; anti-kickback and Stark regulatory healthcare compliance; and managed care contracts. Chambers USA reveals that Ms. Norvell is known for her “deep knowledge base and reassuring assistance.”

During the Chambers research process, clients singled out Diane Racicot for her “impressive mix of strategic insight and a keen intellect.” Ms. Racicot's practice focuses on business, compliance and reimbursement matters for health care providers and suppliers including hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, durable medical equipment companies, and medical transportation suppliers. Her practice includes assisting clients with internal compliance audits, responding to government audits and investigations and addressing corporate integrity obligations.

About Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

With more than 110 attorneys in San Diego and Carlsbad, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is one of the largest full-services business law firms in Southern California. We are a local law firm with a global network that gives us the ability to serve our clients’ interests throughout the world. Procopio is dedicated to understanding the businesses and industries of our clients and collaborating with them to develop tailored strategies. We advise companies at every stage in the corporate life cycle, helping them to plan, finance and operate their businesses. Since 1946, our success has been derived from our commitment to our clients and our ability to maximize the value we provide to them. Our goal is to continue building long-term relationships with our clients through a steady, team-oriented approach.