March 17, 2015
Firm Adds Five Health Care Shareholders and New Raleigh, North Carolina Office

Citing growing client needs, Polsinelli welcomes five health care shareholders to its firm with one of the largest concentrations of health care attorneys and professionals in the nation. The group includes five shareholders, all with diverse backgrounds in the health care industry. Formerly colleagues at the same firm, Barry D. Alexander, Ross E. Sallade and Sean A. Timmons will practice nationally from a new Polsinelli office in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ross Burris and Jonathan Kendall bring a new focus to the growing Atlanta office. The group’s addition augments the firm’s growing talent pool, complete range of health care legal services, and geographic footprint across 20 cities.

“We are extremely happy about the addition of these five new attorneys. Our consistent goal has been to have the deepest bench of health care lawyers and to build national coverage to ensure we can meet the dynamic and broad needs of our health care clients,” said Polsinelli Health Care Chair Matt Murer from his Chicago office. “This team of thought leaders expands our core strengths in many health care legal services and represents a diverse cross-section of the industry.”

Polsinelli represents a wide variety of health care clients including hospital and health systems, infusion therapy providers, health care technology companies, home health and hospice agencies, and senior and long-term care facilities. Polsinelli was recently ranked as the second and third largest Health Care Practice nationally by the American Health Lawyers Association and Modern Healthcare respectively. The growth aligns with the firm’s goal of expansion in key markets to better serve clients, including new offices opened in Atlanta and San Francisco in 2014. The Raleigh office becomes the firm’s 20th office.

“Polsinelli’s prestigious and growing National Health Care Practice was appealing to me and to the group in order to serve our growing regional and national client base. We are thrilled to be part of the firm and this group and we are looking forward to being part of a culture where vast resources and extensive knowledge of all sectors of the health care industry are put forth to provide strategy and guidance to our clients who are navigating the challenges of a dynamic and changing marketplace,” said Barry Alexander.

The new Health Care attorneys include:
  • Shareholder Barry D. Alexander focuses his practice on an array of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance issues, including focused reimbursement and compliance issues with the Medicare program. In addition, he provides strategic guidance to a wide range of regional and national health care providers and specialized medical device companies on a broad range of issues including compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse issues, transactional guidance when structuring mergers and acquisitions, policy guidance and assistance before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state Medicaid programs, strategies for compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payor laws in connection with device recalls and mass tort cases. He also develops and leads litigation strategies for defending and responding to a wide range of government investigations from Federal Civil False Claims Act matters to Medicare contractor audits and investigations. Alexander is a frequent lecturer on Medicare reimbursement matters and is currently a Board Member of the American Health Lawyer’s Association. He was Chair of the national Health Care Practice at his prior firm and will be practicing in Raleigh as part of Polsinelli’s national Health Care Practice.
  • Shareholder R. Ross Burris, III represents regional and national health care providers, including hospitals, health care systems, skilled nursing facilities and ancillary providers, focusing on Medicare reimbursement disputes, billing and coding audits, government investigations, compliance matters and more. Burris is a former prosecutor and actively involved in the Atlanta community as a member of the Advisory Council for the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) and an Executive Committee Member for the Young Professionals Council of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. He is also a member of the Class of 2015 for Leadership DeKalb and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Burris practices in Atlanta as part of the firm’s national Health Care Practice.
  • Shareholder Jonathan M. Kendall is a health care transactional and regulatory attorney. He represents a wide variety of health care entities, including but not limited to, for-profit hospital systems, reorganized 501(c)(3) hospital systems, health care joint ventures, multi-specialty ambulatory surgery centers, compound pharmacies, skilled nursing facilities, home health care entities and assisted living facilities in regulatory and transactional matters. Kendall advises clients on a range of state and federal regulatory issues regarding the structure and regulatory approval of health care mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, service contracts and management ventures. He practices in Atlanta as part of the firm’s national Health Care Practice.
  • Shareholder Ross E. Sallade advises clients in a variety of matters including health care regulatory, operational and compliance issues, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, certification issues and reimbursement matters, state and federal licensure matters, fraud and abuse, corporate matters, including professional service agreements and management service agreements and finance transactions, including the representation of banking firms for health regulatory issues. Sallade is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He practices out of the firm’s Raleigh office as part of the firm’s national Health Care Practice.
  • Shareholder Sean A. Timmons focuses his practice on health care transactions and regulatory law, specifically advising clients in areas of federal and state fraud and abuse laws, compliance issues and Medicare and Medicaid billing requirements. He has extensive experience in hospital-physician integration, including acquisitions of physician practices and related physician employment agreements, and professional services arrangements between hospitals and physician practices. Timmons has advised on joint venture arrangements between health care providers, on the purchase and sale of health care entities, and on management services arrangements involving physician practices. He has defended health care organizations in Medicare and Medicaid administrative proceedings, negotiated resolutions of government investigations in billing practices and advised on the formation of business entities and medical practice buy-ins and buy-outs. Timmons works with large and small physician practices, hospitals, ambulatory surgery facilities, individual health care practitioners and other health care providers. He has been a Super Lawyer in North Carolina since 2010, and named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law every year since 2007. Timmons practices in Raleigh as part of the firm’s National Health Care Practice.
The new attorneys join the national Health Care Practice comprised of former in-house counsel of national health care institutions, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and former Assistant U.S. Attorneys with direct experience in health care fraud investigations. Polsinelli was recently recognized by The American Lawyer Magazine as the fastest growing U.S. law firm for the past six years.