Jo has enjoyed the defense of medical professionals for over 20 years. She represents every type of licensed healthcare professional in claims, civil suits and administrative actions. She actively defends the employees and agents of hospitals in the south in a variety of lawsuits including professional and ordinary negligence, general liability, peer/quality hearings, and premise liability actions. A mainstay of her practice involves defending every kind/type of doctor, nurse, dentists, hygienist, psychologist, chiropractor, eye specialist and therapist in civil suits, peer review actions, and in front of their respective licensing boards. Jo also defends skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities. She handles a growing number of breach actions with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Jo is a regular speaker at Risk Management seminars for numerous insurance companies, physician/dental practices, and hospitals. She has performed educational seminars regularly for the American Dental Association, Hinman Dental Society and Georgia Dental Society for the past six years and served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association for 12 years. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the American and Georgia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers. Jo is a partner in Hall Booth Smith's Atlanta office.
Jo represents two premier hospitals in the greater Atlanta area. In so doing, Jo defends all of the hospitals' employees in alleged professional negligence actions. She also represents the hospitals in peer review matters, general liability claims, and premise liability actions. Jo recently tried a one week medical malpractice action to a verdict for the hospital and its nursing staff.
Juris Doctor, 1999, Georgia State University College of Law
Bachelor of Arts, 1983, cum laude, Loyola University of Chicago
State Bar of Georgia, 1999
Georgia Society Hospital Risk Management (GSHRM), Board of Directors (2012-2016), Member (2010- present)
American Society Hospital Risk Management (ASHRM), Member (2010- present)
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member (2001- present), Board Member (2002-2013)
Atlanta Bar Association (2002- present)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta (2005- present)
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL)
Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys (GAHA)
State Bar of Georgia
"Ethics CLE: A Painless Approach," Defense Research Institute: For The Defense, Sept. 2003, p. 54
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation, American Dental Association's156th ADA Annual Session, November 11, 2015
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Court Case Presented Live, The Hinman Dental Meeting, March 2015
Panel Discussion: Accepted Standards of Care and Dentist Liability, The Hinman Dental Meeting, March 2015
An Invited Speaker, Dental Risk Management, Hinman Dental Society Annual Meeting, March 2013
The Best Lawyers in America, 2018