Attorney:

John E. Hall, Jr.
Partner
Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6927
F: 404-954-5020
E: jhall@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

John E. Hall, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. He is dedicated to making the firm the finest litigation firm in the Southeast.

John Hall specializes in the defense of high exposure cases, including medical malpractice, construction, commercial litigation, mass torts, transportation, and products liability. During his legal career, he has tried in excess of 100 cases to resolution. His expertise in high exposure birth trauma and catastrophic cases resulted in his being named National Counsel for several major insurance carriers throughout the Southeastern United States. This National Counsel Program establishes a litigation approach, which enables a team of specialized attorneys to become involved and assist local counsel on high exposure cases at all phases of the legal process.

John Hall also maintains a corporate practice in International, International Trade and Finance, Arbitration/Mediation, Business Structures, Health Care, and Commercial Litigation.

John Hall is the firm's primary contact and a member of the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network. USLAW is an organization of independent law firms with offices throughout the United States. USLAW provides high quality legal services without unnecessary expense to the client.

John Hall is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and speaks at a number of continuing legal education programs. In addition, he is closely involved in developing and providing educational materials to clients.

Mr. Hall currently serves as an Honorary Consul to the Country of Georgia and as Chairman of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee where he actively engages in developing international relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia.

Mr. Hall has received several awards including:  Super Lawyer for years 2005 through 2013, Insurance Man of the Year, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2010 through 2013.  He is also peer rated AV with Martindale Hubbell.  James Magazine listed John Hall on its 2012 Most Influential Persons in Georgia.  John Hall also was ranked as one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

John Hall and HBS’s Business Litigation Practice Groups handle nearly every aspect of corporate law from formation and mergers to dissolution. With his background in litigation, Mr. Hall brings an “end in mind” philosophy to the corporate practice that emphasizes the real life effects of every transaction creating solutions for his clients.

Construction

Mr. Hall has experience in handling complex construction claims and providing legal representation of owners, builders, contractors, subcontractors, and insurers statewide. He is experienced in the litigation and alternate dispute resolution of property damage, permit and code enforcement, and alleged design and construction error matters.

Environmental, Mass Torts & Land Use

John Hall has represented clients in toxic tort/products liability claims, complex chemical issues (including wood preserving operations and dry cleaning operations), large toxic mold cases, asbestos-related claims, and environmentally related claims.

Health Care

Mr. Hall represents hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care entities in administrative and civil matters. Mr. Hall also consults with hospital risk managers, their administrative teams, and internal hospital committees on a variety of legal issues including but not limited to:

  • Medical Records Documentation
  • Informed Consent
  • General Consent
  • Hospital Ethics Committee Issues
  • Mental Health Commitment
  • Guardianship
  • EMTALA
  • Risk Prevention
  • Peer-Review
  • Credentialing
  • Medical Staff Issues
  • Regulatory Issues

Intellectual Property / Entertainment

John Hall’s intellectual property experience ranges from patent litigation to false advertising claims and technology claims. The practice grew from early defense of infringement cases. His experience in litigating such matters has evolved into a business advisory practice also.

International Business

John and the HBS International practice group focus on foreign clients, with an emphasis on Germany and other European countries, doing business in the United States on all legal issues they may face. The work primarily includes corporate, contract, employment and immigration matters as well as litigation and product liability issues. Services range from helping clients to form a new company in the U.S. to giving continuous legal support and advice as the business is manufacturing, marketing and selling its products and/or services in the U.S. The work also includes estate matters involving foreign individuals or another country. Successful international practice requires the ability to understand how corporations can be successful regardless of corporate headquarter location, to appreciate the structure and dynamics of different legal systems and the practical consequences these differences make for clients, and to be willing to make the effort to assist clients who come from different cultures and life experiences as they expand their business ventures globally. Mr. Hall leads a team at HBS that can accomplish those goals. John Hall is involved in several organizations with an international reach. He was instrumental in establishing the relationship between USLAW Network and the Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA), which is an international alliance of independent law firms established in 1989 with more than 700 lawyers throughout Europe.

International Trade

John Hall’s practice involves a variety of international and US business areas. He currently serves as Honorary Consul for the country of Georgia. He is also involved in several organizations with an international reach. He was instrumental in establishing the relationship between USLAW Network and the Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA), which is an international alliance of independent law firms established in 1989, with more than 700 lawyers throughout Europe. He continues to be involved in the USLAW effort to extend its international partners. His areas of interest include transnational corporate ventures, including the creation of U.S. entities for foreign business, as well as his work on facilitating U.S. companies doing business abroad. He facilitates in areas of franchising, trade, acquisition and the necessary contractual relationships to accomplish the same. He is able to bring the firm resources to the area in employment agreements, buy and sale agreements, mergers, and acquisitions. Successful international practice requires the ability to understand how the law differs from country to country, to appreciate the structure and dynamics of different legal systems and the practical consequences these differences make for clients, and to be willing to make the effort to understand the perspectives and thought processes of clients, co-counsel, and even adversaries who come from different cultures and life experiences. Mr. Hall leads a team at HBS that can accomplish those goals.

Products Liability

From commercial products to advanced medical equipment, Mr. Hall has defended a wide spectrum of manufacturers in products liability actions, including trying cases involving pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing. He also handles catastrophic exposure matters involving construction, mass torts, and transportation.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

For over twenty years, John Hall worked with a vision to establish himself as one of the top litigators in the health care field. He represents hospital entities and health care systems directly in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama. Mr. Hall also represents hospital entities and health care systems throughout the southeastern United States for various insurance carriers as part of National Counsel Programs. He handles matters involving birth trauma injuries and other high exposure catastrophic injury cases on a regular basis.

Professional Negligence / Non Medical and Fiduciary

Mr. Hall’s practice includes the representation of attorneys in legal malpractice claims. His broad base of experience in underlying issues makes him especially suited for the defense of lawyers. Additionally, he represents professionals sued for negligence, fraud and fiduciary breaches in nearly every other area of professional practice though D&O claims in a variety of corporate environments including health care organizations. He has done professional defense for architecture, engineers, insurance brokers and accountants.

Transactional

John Hall and HBS’s Transactional Practice Groups handle mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations. Mr. Hall has a broad range of transactional experience including business acquisitions and financing. He works with businesses and enterprises on formation, structure, and financing.

Education

Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia - JD, 1984
Mercer University, Macon, Georgia - BA, 1981

Admitted

Georgia - 1984
Tennessee - 2003
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
11th Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Membership

State Bar of Georgia
Tennessee Bar Association
USLAW Network, Inc.
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Atlanta Claims Association
Insurance Professionals of Atlanta
PLUS - Professional Liability Underwriting Society
GSHRM - Georgia Society for Healthcare Risk Management
GHA - Georgia Hospital Association
CLM - Council on Litigation Management

IADC - International Association of Defense Counsel
PLDF - Professional Liability Defense Federation

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine’s 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law

Super Lawyers 2005-2014

Insurance Man of the Year

The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2013

U. S. News  Best Lawyers 2010

Peer Rated AV with Martindale Hubbell

Georgia Trend Magazine's 2010 Legal Elite

James Magazine, 2012 Most Influential Persons in Georgia

Presentations/Publications

Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, John Hall, along with John S. Moore (Swiss Reinsurance), Lisa Mesiter (Healthcare Indemnity, Inc.), Mark Solheim (Larson King, LLP) and Linda Mittleman, (UAB Health System), presented on the topic of: Handling and Defending Your Worst Exposure Case Successfully, April 18, 2013, Boston, MA

ProAssurance Social Media Monitoring Seminar, John Hall and Drew Graham presented on the topic: A Volatile Mix: Liability Cases, Juror Misconduct, and Social Media, April 10, 2013, Nashville, TN

AIG Internal Birth Trauma Seminar, John Hall presented on the topics: Standard of Care and Reptile Theory, March 27, 2013, Jersey City, NJ

DRI Medical Liability Health Care Law Seminar, John Hall and Dr. Roberto Heros presented on the topic of: Defending High Risk and Catastrophic Neurosurgical Injuries, March 21, 2013, Tampa, FL

American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual Summit for Med Mal and other Personal Injury Leaders on Brain Injury Claims and Litigation, John Hall moderated panel discussions on the topic of Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Evaluation and Settlement of Cases, Insurance Coverage, and More, March 14-15, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

Introduction to Legal Process in the United States, Effect of Dodd Frank and Solvency II, and Practical Experiences, Presentation for senior auditors from the China National Audit Office, Hall Booth Smith, PC offices, Atlanta, GA, February 22, 2013.

Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring And Related Legal Issues, Presentation for SVMIC, Nashville, TN, June 20, 2012.

Catastrophic Exposure Team Presentation, Presentation for OneBeacon Insurance, Farmington, CT, June 19, 2012.

Sympathy in High Exposure Aging Services Cases:  Lessons Learned from Recent Trials, Presentation for CNA HealthPro, June 12-13, 2012, Albuquerque, NM

Enterprise Best Practices in the Cyber World, Presentation at RIMS Conference, Philadelphia, April 2012.

Insuring the Butterfly Effect in Brand Protection, Supply Chain Vulnerability and Contingent Business Interruption, Panel Participant, USLAW Client Conference, Dana Point, CA, April 2012.

Presenter Closed Head Brain Injury:  Creating The Right Strategy At The Outset To Prove Your Case And Establishing Alternative Causation Theories, American Conference Institute's Brain Injury Litigation Summit, Philadelphia, PA, March 29-30, 2012.

Panel 1&2 Moderator regarding In-House Corporate and Insurer Panel on Brain Injury Financial and Legal Decisions, Managing Claims, and Settlement Negotiations, American Conference Institute's Brain Injury Litigation Summit, Philadelphia, PA, March 29-30, 2012.

Litigation Strategies, Presentation given at University of Alabama at Birmingham Professional Liability Trust Fund Retreat, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 2012

Evidence, Article published in Mercer Law Review, Annual Survey of Georgia Law, Fall 2011, Vol. 63

Apparent Agency In Healthcare: What Dangers Lurk Behind The White Jacket?; Panel participant, Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2011

USLAW Cyber Risk Assessment Counsel Program: A Closer Look - Privilege Has Its Privilege; Panel participant, Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2011

Moderator, for USLAW Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2011.

Doing Business in Latin America, Presentation for USLAW Client Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2011.

Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia, Presentation for Firemans Fund Insurance, Chicago, IL, September 21, 2011.

Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring; Understanding Shoulder Dystocia, Presentation for CNA Insurance, Chicago, IL, September 21, 2011.

The Benefits of the Birth Trauma Team Approach, Presentation for Medical Mutual Insurance Company, North Carolina, October 2009.

Why are Punitive Damages so Important?" John Hall and Don Myles, September 3, 2009, USLAW radio podcast. uslaw.audionewsletter.com

Georgia Tort Reform, Presentation for Insurance Professionals of Atlanta, July 14, 2009.

CME Lecture, Presentation for Gwinnett Hospital System, June 30, 2009

Good Faith Claims Handling, Presentation for CNA Insurance, Chicago, Illinois, October 16, 2008.

Defending a Birth Trauma Claim, Presentation for SE Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Savannah, Georgia, April, 2008.

You've Been Sued...What's Next? A Defense Counsel Perspective Presentation for Matria Healthcare in Jacksonville, Florida, February 26, 2008

Arbitration in the Red Zone, Presentation for CNA Insurance HealthPro Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee, November 7, 2007.

Obstetrical Maloccurrence: Is it Negligence?, Presentation for University of Tennessee in San Destin Beach, Florida, July 30, 2007.

Defending Birth Trauma Cases: An Aggressive Team Approach, Presentation for National Association of Legal Secretaries, Atlanta, Georgia, February 20, 2007.

Defending Damages: A Winning Strategy, Presentation at CNA National Birth Trauma Meeting, October 2006.

Hyperstimulation Presentation, for Scott and White Memorial Hospital, September 2006.

The Role and Use of National Birth Trauma Counsel, Webinar for AIG Consultants, Inc, August 17, 2006.

The Benefits of the Birth Trauma Team Approach, Presentation for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, August 2006.

Client's Image in Litigation: Why it is so Important, Leading Answers to Leading Questions: Straight Talk on 2006's Most Important Legal Issues, Firm Sponsored Seminar, March 2006.

Charting a Course through Treacherous Legal Water, Seminar presentation for CNA Insurance Company, Duluth, Georgia March 2006.

Senate Bill 3: Georgia Tort Reform, Presentation for Georgia Academy of Health, May 2005.

Others available upon request.