Charles A. Dorminy is a Partner in the HBS Brunswick office.
Mr. Dorminy earned a Bachelor of Science and Arts degree at the University of Georgia, majoring in Agricultural Business. He received his law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, interning for both the Tift Superior Court and for the U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Georgia. After law school, he also obtained an LL.M., an additional advanced legal degree, concentrating in Healthcare Law, from the University of Houston.
His practice encompasses a wide variety of areas, including medical malpractice defense, employment law, local government law and litigation, corporate law, health-care compliance and general insurance defense litigation. He currently serves as appointed counsel for a local government utilities provider, and acts as general counsel for a large boat manufacturer. He also serves as compliance counsel and outside litigation counsel for health-care facilities around the state, and as employment counsel for many local governments in South Georgia. He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Dorminy and his wife, Caroline, have three children: Maggie, Jack and Henry. They are members of Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, where he is serving his second term as Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and is the current Vice Chair of the Administrative Council. He also serves as a Usher Captain and has organized a men’s Bible study.
In addition, Mr. Dorminy serves on the Frederica Academy Board of Trustees, the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association (GIAHA) Board of Trustees, and the First Tee of Southeast Georgia Board of Trustees. He is a Friend of the Foundation of Southeast Georgia Health System and is a Founder of the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation. He has also served as President and Vice President of the Tift Circuit Bar Association, Vice Chairman of the Tift Area Arts Council and Chairman of the Love Affair Arts Festival.
In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, sailing, and water and snow skiing, and coaching his kids’ soccer, baseball, and basketball teams.
Mr. Dorminy’s family has been involved in agricultural business for more than one hundred years. His first job was scouting crops while working in the family fertilizer warehouse. Leaning on that farming heritage, Mr. Dorminy majored in Agricultural Business in college at UGA.
Since he began practicing law, Mr. Dorminy has used his deep knowledge of the agriculture industry and heritage in Georgia to assist farmers and other agricultural business clients in corporate matters and litigation. He has represented these clients on lease negotiations and litigation, Farm Bill subsidy advice and compliance, and complex personal injury litigation stemming from agricultural pursuits. Mr. Dorminy brings a unique, personal understanding to each matter he handles, drawn from his lifelong roots in South Georgia, and personal connection to farming and livestock operations.
Through his representation of health-care providers and governmental entities, Mr. Dorminy also litigates employment matters of all kinds. He routinely handles discrimination, family medical leave and overtime issues for clients through compliance advice, and in administrative or litigation settings.
Mr. Dorminy has handled general liability issues since his first day on the job, and continues to concentrate on these matters for his clients. His experience includes handling premises and auto liability cases from claim through summary adjudication, mediation, trial and/or appeal.
In the area of government liability, he offers clients his deep experience in local government regulatory law and litigation from assisting and advising multiple appointed local government attorneys. Through this practice, Mr. Dorminy has gained an understanding of the complex and wide variety of issues surrounding governmental entities. He also serves as general counsel for a local water and sewer commission. He is adept at providing guidance on water use and environmental discharge laws, and works hand in hand with the commissioners and staff to address a variety of issues affecting this industry.
Mr. Dorminy combines his litigation practice with a compliance practice also focused on advising health-care providers. He has written and lectured on a variety of topics to national, regional, state and local audiences on issues related to health privacy and security, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, credentialing, licensing, accreditation, transactions, and employment related problems.
His advanced LL.M. degree and practice experience enable him to effectively and efficiently analyze health-care issues that implicate state and federal laws and regulations surrounding issues in health care, including the Stark “Ethics in Patient Referrals Act,” the Federal Anti-Kickback statute, the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,” (HIPAA), the “Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act” (EMTALA), and the “Health Care Quality Improvement Act” (HCQIA).
Mr. Dorminy also represents a number of medical professionals in malpractice litigation from claim through trial and appeal. He acts as counsel to multiple hospitals and health-care systems and has handled varying types of catastrophic cases, including birth trauma. He has represented many health-care clients in malpractice litigation, including hospitals, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, long-term care facilities, and physical and occupational therapists. Mr. Dorminy also often handles credentialing and licensing matters from both the corporate and individual perspective.
Correlating with his undergraduate business education, Mr. Dorminy has become adept at advising business associations in corporate formation and maintaining corporate integrity. His experience in this field enables him to offer a wide range of legal services to all of his clients.