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Our health care practice primarily involves certificate of need work, state licensing issues and the formation and sale of practices.

Robinson & McElwee’s health care practice also handles matters relating to employment contracts, leases, HIPAA compliance and state laws relating to disclosure of medical information.

In licensing matters for health care professionals, our attorneys practice before the West Virginia Health Care Authority, West Virginia Board of Medicine, West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists and West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners.

Our attorneys represent:

  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Other  health care providers, hospitals and clinics

It has been our experience that our health care clients benefit greatly from our other practice groups such as commercial law, employment law, leasing, construction and finance.

For further information, contact David K. Higgins at 304-347-8312 or dkh@ramlaw.com

Participating Lawyers

Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning.
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. Higgins limits his ADR practice to disputes involving will contests, trust interpretation and disputes among shareholders, partners or other owners of businesses. Because of his extensive experience in the area of state and federal taxation, Mr. Higgins is often able to suggest ways to settle disputes with due consideration to applicable tax considerations.
Mr. Higgins routinely assists clients with forming business entities including related planning with regard to the death, disability or retirement of owners in the future. He has experience with mergers and asset sales both from the standpoint of the seller and from the standpoint of the buyer. Mr. Higgins advises clients with regard to the proper operation of their business to ensure that the personal liability exposure of owners is kept to a minimum. He has experience in the area of trademark litigation, appraisal rights, and enforcement of restrictive covenants against competition and confidentiality agreements. Another area of his practice relates to asset protection and methods by which investments and property can be legally protected from creditors. Mr. Higgins also has considerable knowledge in the area of securities law compliance and has represented clients defrauded in their investments.
Mr. Higgins provides extensive document review assistance in connection with commercial and private lending and has been involved with economic development financing provided by various state agencies. He has experience in “work out” situations including refinancing, re-structuring and liquidation sales. Because of his banking law background, Mr. Higgins also assists clients with letters and lines of credit, stock and asset pledges of collateral and loan guaranty agreements. Mr. Higgins also has extensive experience in the performance of due diligence on behalf of business purchasers with corresponding contract protections. Because of his experience in the area of taxation, he also assists clients in “spin offs”, “split ups” and other types of reorganizations.
As a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Mr. Higgins has “floor privileges” and a unique perspective on the committee system and its operations. In addition, he served for eight years as a member of Charleston City Council. In these areas, Mr. Higgins can often provide insight and recommendations on persons to contact and procedures to use.
Mr. Higgins has represented physicians in civil and criminal health care fraud and abuse investigations. He also has experience in structuring transactions to ensure compliance with certificate of need requirements before the West Virginia Health Care Authority. Mr. Higgins also assists health care providers with practice formation and related licensing requirements.
Mr. Higgins routinely prepares estate planning documents with related tax planning for clients. He also has experience with the creation and operation of private trusts and probate and estate administration. In the area of will contest litigation, he has successfully defended estate planning documents in litigation commenced by disinherited family members. Mr. Higgins also customarily handles federal estate tax returns and litigation involving the proper interpretation of wills and trusts.
Mr. Porth is a member of the Business & Corporate practice area. Mr. Porth has practiced law for more than 30 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Porth is a member of the Health Care practice area. Mr. Porth has practiced law for more than 30 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Porth is a member of the Litigation practice area. Mr. Porth has practiced law for more than 30 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Porth is a member of the Real Property practice area. Mr. Porth has practiced law for more than 30 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.