ASHEVILLE, N.C., Feb. 12, 2018 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C.’s recently opened office in Asheville, North Carolina is already expanding with the addition of a partner who is relocating from the firm’s main office in Atlanta to lead the growing medical malpractice defense practice in North Carolina.
Ryan M. Donihue is a partner with an extensive practice defending hospitals, physicians and nurses in birth trauma, catastrophic injury and other complex malpractice actions. He is also the co-leader of the Dental Practice Group at HBS, and has deep experience representing health care professionals in disciplinary proceedings.
Before switching to private practice, Donihue was an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department where he represented hospitals and healthcare providers in New York state. Donihue holds a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound.
Donihue will lead the medical malpractice team in Asheville, where Hall Booth Smith opened an office in June in response to rising client demand. Asheville was the firm’s second office in North Carolina, and the firm’s 14th office in the Southeast. The office is located at 123 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
“We are delighted to add Ryan’s sharp legal mind and rich medical malpractice expertise to our Asheville office,” said Isaac N. Northup, Jr., a native of Asheville who manages the office. “Complex medical litigation often requires a team of attorneys with different specialties, backgrounds and experience and Hall Booth Smith has more robust talent than ever before.”
Northup has concentrated on medical malpractice defense litigation for 35 years, and has tried more than 75 medical malpractice trials to jury verdict. He exclusively represents the insureds of North Carolina’s major Medical Malpractice insurance carrier. A graduate of the University of North Carolina undergraduate and law schools, Northrup is an emeritus member of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Another Asheville Partner, Elizabeth McConnell, also litigates complex medical matters, represents hospitals and nursing home clients, litigates professional malpractice and ethics issues as well as general liability matters. She also consults with physicians, hospitals and nursing home facilities on matters of risk mitigation and liability. She holds a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University.
Associate Adam Peoples has a growing medical malpractice, general litigation and construction law practice. He served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Martin Reidinger, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, where he worked on a variety of federal cases. He received a Juris Doctor from the Mercer University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from Columbus State University.  
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Established in 1989, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, as well as offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville and North Palm Beach, Florida; and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS attorneys pride themselves on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Attorneys at Hall Booth Smith possess the legal knowledge, skill, and experience to meet their clients’ needs wherever they do business. Hall Booth Smith maintains the highest commitment to serve its clients ethically and professionally by providing the highest quality legal representation. The firm’s promise: “Serving to Achieve Excellence." To learn more, please visit: