J. Felicia LeRay is an associate with Hall Booth Smith, P.C. in its healthcare practice. She focuses her practice on the defense of long term care and residential care facilities, post-acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, community care retirement facilities, physicians, physician groups, hospitals, and integrated delivery systems.
Before joining Hall Booth Smith, P.C., Ms. LeRay served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for the State of Georgia. In that role, she investigated allegations of healthcare provider fraud in multimillion-dollar qui tam cases. As such, she is well versed in government investigative techniques.
A former prosecutor, Ms. LeRay is able to effectively represent and advise healthcare clients in the areas of business strategy and transactions, fraud and abuse protection, regulatory compliance, and privacy and confidentiality matters. She can assist healthcare providers and systems with the investigation of potential fraud, waste, or abuse issues, including all facets of the investigation, court proceedings, discovery, appeals, and settlement with whistleblowers, the United States Department of Justice, and the State Attorney General’s Office.
Before serving as an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. LeRay was a creditor's rights attorney who represented mortgage creditors in the default setting. She was also a general practitioner in a solo practice and an associate in the corporate and securities practice group of an Atlanta-based international law firm, where she focused her practice on corporate transactional matters in the substantive areas of technology, real estate, and healthcare.
In addition to her diverse legal expertise, Ms. LeRay has considerable experience as a certified trauma nurse specialist, and she spent many years working at Grady Health System, which is Atlanta’s busiest Level I Trauma Center. As such, she possesses a unique ability to combine her clinical expertise with her legal skills to provide impeccable service to all of her clients.
Ms. LeRay lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughters, and in her spare time enjoys competing in triathlons.
B.S., School of Nursing, Hampton University,1996
J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 2005
Georgia Court of Appeal, 2005
Supreme Court of Georgia, 2005
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2005
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 2011
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, 2016
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006
Collecting Post-petition Pre-confirmation Attorneys’ Fees in Proofs of Claim, March 22, 2011.
Establishing Standing in an Era of Securitized Mortgage Pools, October 18, 2010.
Secretary, Georgia Commission on Access and Fairness to the Courts, 2006-2008
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, 2016 – Present
Atlanta Legal Aid Volunteer (Health law Unit), 2016 – Present
Marathoner and fundraiser, Georgia Chapter of Team In Training, 2014
Fundraiser and Participant, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk, Atlanta, 2008
Habitat for Humanity, 2005-2008
Meals on Wheel, 2005-2008
Sheltering Arms, 2005-2008
State Bar of Georgia, Member of the Health Law Section, 2005 – Present
Health Care Compliance Association, 2017 – Present
American Health Lawyers Association, 2016 – Present
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, 2005 – Present
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, 2005 – Present
Human Rights Campaign, 2016 – Present
American Civil Liberties Union, 2016 – Present
South Fulton Running Partners, Executive Committee 2016 – Present
U.S. Masters Swimming, 2016 – Present
Member, USA Triathlon, 2013 – Present
Chi Eta Phi (Nursing) Sorority, Inc., 1995 – Present
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 1995 – Present