Attorney - Ryan Donihue

Attorney:

Ryan Donihue
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6948
F: 404-954-5020
E: rdonihue@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Ryan M. Donihue is a Partner in the HBS Atlanta office. 
Mr. Donihue received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1997. He earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2000. He is admitted to practice in Georgia, Texas, New York and Connecticut.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Donihue was a Partner with Martin Clearwater & Bell, LLP, which was the oldest medical defense and health-care firm in the state of New York. He now focuses his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians and nurses in birth trauma, catastrophic injury and complex malpractice actions. He is the co-leader of the dental practice group at HBS.
Additionally, Mr. Donihue represents dentists and other dental providers, podiatrists, psychologists and other health-care professionals in medical malpractice cases and related issues. He has extensive experience representing health-care professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Mr. Donihue also lectures on the defense of medical and dental malpractice actions to professionals, health-care institutions and insurance companies.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Donihue was an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department, in the Medical Malpractice Unit of the Office of the Corporation Counsel. 

Practice Areas

Dental

Mr. Donihue is a co-leader of the dental practice group at HBS. He specializes representing and defending oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, general dentists, pediatric dentists, hygienists, and their practices and staff members in malpractice actions. He also represents dentists at professional licensing matters before the State Board. 
He has also published numerous articles and lectured on developing trends in dental malpractice, and proactive steps to take in order to avoid professional discipline by a State Board.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Mr. Donihue focuses his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, midwives, nurses and institutional employees in birth trauma and catastrophic injury cases. He also represents and defends health-care institutions, private practices, physicians, psychologists, nurses, physician assistants, medical students and medical practice staff members in complex medical malpractice actions from inception through trial. Mr. Donihue has extensive experience representing health-care professionals before State Boards in licensing and disciplinary matters. Finally, he has lectured at hospital grand rounds, discussing the increasing trends in malpractice actions, state investigations and professional discipline cases.
Podiatry
Mr. Donihue has extensive experience representing podiatrists in malpractice actions. With the increasing trend of commencing malpractice suits against podiatrists and their practices, Mr. Donihue successfully defends podiatrists and their practices from the inception of the lawsuits through trial. Additionally, he often counsels podiatrists on ways to take affirmative steps in their practices to avoid potential malpractice actions and investigations from the State Board.

Education

New York Law School, J.D., 2000
University of Puget Sound, B.A., 1997

Admitted

Georgia, 2015
Texas, 2015
New York, 2000
Connecticut, 2000
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York

Publications

"Demystifying the Office of Professional Discipline and its Investigative Process", Martin Clearwater & Bell Defense Practice Update, Donihue, R. and Larywon, K., October 2014.
"Defending a Lack of Informed Consent Claim in Mini-Dental Implant Surgery.” Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company Dental Dateline, Fall 2011.
“The Responsibilities of the General Dentist to Screen Patients for Oral Cancers.”, Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP Bulletin, Summer 2011.

Presentations

A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation, American Dental Association's156th ADA Annual Session, November 11, 2015
Invited Speaker, American Conference Institute, "Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: Liability Issues and Scope of Practice."
Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, “Elopement and Related Issues.”
Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, “Documentation and Disclosure of Protected Pediatric Patient Information.”
Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, New York Medical College, Depatrment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, “Rising Malpractice Trends in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.”
Invited Speaker, City University of New York Department of Health Sciences, “Defensive Practice Techniques by Healthcare Workers.”
Invited Speaker, City University of New York Department of Health Sciences, “Step-by-Step Approach to Defending Malpractice Actions and Relate Healthcare Issues.”
Invited Speaker, City University of New York Department of Health Sciences, “Successful Approach to Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

Memberships

Georgia State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association, Healthcare Committee
Conneticut State Bar Association, Healthcare Committee
American Society For Cytotechnology
Defense Research Institute
American Bar Association
National Institute, Trial Lawyers Association
Physician Insurers Association of America