Robinson Bradshaw Expands Health Care Leadership on National and State Levels


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Dec. 10, 2015

Two Robinson Bradshaw shareholders have expanded their involvement in the health law industry with leadership roles in national and statewide trade organizations.

John B. Garver III, co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, is an affinity group leader for the Business Law and Governance Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. AHLA is the nation’s largest health care legal organization with 13,000 members. In this role, Garver keeps other AHLA members abreast of matters affecting good corporate governance practices in the health care sector.

Jennifer Csik Hutchens is also involved with AHLA and chairs the organization’s Young Professionals Council. The YPC provides professional development, educational opportunities and networking initiatives across the nation for over 3,000 AHLA members who have practiced health care law for 10 years or less.

As YPC chair, Hutchens recently co-led a group of 30 attorneys across the country in writing the “Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics.” The 200-page publication of AHLA and the American Medical Association Foundation helps community and health leaders establish clinics for uninsured and underinsured individuals.

“The mission of supporting health care access across economic lines is so important,” Hutchens said. “I truly enjoyed the opportunity to give back to our community by facilitating the creation of this guide.”

Both Garver and Hutchens also are involved in multiple organizations in North Carolina. Garver is on the board of the North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys, which provides professional education and other services to the state’s health care attorneys. Hutchens has previously served on the NCSHA’s education committee, along with Robinson Bradshaw attorney and Health Care Practice Group Co-Chair Matt Churchill.

Hutchens is secretary of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Health Law Section Council. This group addresses legal issues related to health care, educates the public on health laws and changes, and molds the NCBA’s legislative agenda. Garver also is a member of the council.

“Taking a hands-on approach to the health care legal industry outside of my personal practice has been very rewarding,” Garver said. “The knowledge we gain from being involved in the groups that help shape and interpret health law is a real benefit to our clients.”

At Robinson Bradshaw, Garver counsels health systems, physicians, dialysis providers and dentists with acquisitions, affiliations, mergers and joint ventures. He frequently writes and speaks on health law issues, and he graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law.

Hutchens practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, with a focus on health care and life sciences. She represents providers of all sizes, ranging from hospitals and health systems to physician practices. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and served as staff editor of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. 

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