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Steve Lawrence Provides Insights to The Ambulatory M&A Advisor
In an article entitled “Failure in an M&A Transaction for the Physician Owner,” Milligan Lawless partner Steve Lawrence provides tips on how to avoid pitfalls during the M&A Transaction Process.
Peer reviews have been tallied and once again, Milligan Lawless has received the following distinctions:
2017 “Best Lawyers of America”
Bryan S. Bailey – Health Care Law
James R. Taylor – Health Care Law
Robert J. Itri – Commercial Litigation; Copyright Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law
Robert J. Milligan – Health Care Law
Steven T. Lawrence – Corporate Law
2017 “Best Law Firms”
National Tier 3
Health Care Law
Metropolitan Tier 1- Phoenix
Health Care Law
Metropolitan Tier 2-Phoenix
Employment Law – Individuals
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Metropolitan Tier 3-Phoenix
We are pleased to announce today that Chambers USA ranked Milligan Lawless, P.C. and 3 of our attorneys among the best in Arizona for 2016. Among Arizona law firms, Milligan Lawless achieved a Band 1 ranking, Chambers USA’s highest recognition, in the Healthcare practice area.
The firm received the following “Leading Individual” rankings for Phoenix attorneys:
- Bryan S. Bailey – Healthcare
- Steven T. Lawrence – Corporate/M&A
- Robert J. Milligan – Healthcare
Chambers USA is an annual ranking that assesses each law firm and attorney on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by their clients. Additionally, independent interviews with clients and confidential submissions of law firms are part of the Chambers research and evaluation process.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Attorney Robert J. Itri as our newest shareholder. Bob is an experienced attorney whose practice areas include Litigation and Intellectual Property. Bob represents clients in matters before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Arizona Corporation Commission. He also brings a high level of experience in business matters to the firm, representing both start-up and existing businesses in complex litigation matters encompassing intellectual property and securities, arbitration and enforcement actions, contract, trade secret, business tort and shareholder litigation.
A recent decision by a federal appellate court provides a stark reminder that liability can extend to directors and officers of both for-profit and non-profit entities for failing to observe fiduciary duties. In Official Comm. Of Unsecured Creditors ex rel. Lemington Home for the Aged v. Baldwin (In re Lemington), No. 13-2707, 2015 WL 305505 (3rd Cir. 2015), the Third Circuit Court of Appeal found directors and officers individually responsible for mismanagement that rose to the level of a breach of fiduciary duties that were owed to the creditors when the organization became insolvent. This article briefly reviews the opinion and provides key action items for directors and officers to consider as they walk into their next meeting.
By Robert J. Milligan, originally published in Round-Up, Maricopa County Medical Society (July 2013)
The complexity of physician documentation, billing and coding requirements, and some recent statutory and judicial pronouncements, create significant risks for physician practices that conduct provider audits. The adverse consequences of failing to conduct audits, and a looming requirement for the performance of audits, make it likely that all practices that participate in Medicare will be conducting provider audits in the not too distant future. This article discusses the unhappy confluence of these forces, as illuminated by a recent federal District Court decision, and offers some thoughts about how to plan for dealing with the issues.