ATLANTA (November 14, 2001) – In a significant expansion of its health care practice and capabilities to serve clients, Sutherland announces the addition of Lorraine H. Spencer as a Counsel in the Atlanta office. Ms. Spencer's practice focuses on health care, academic medicine and general representation of nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Ms. Spencer served as General Counsel for Emory Healthcare, Inc., the health care system at Emory University in Atlanta, and as Associate General Counsel for Emory University.
While at Emory, Ms. Spencer directed all legal affairs of Emory's health care system and acted as a key advisor to Emory Healthcare leadership in the expansion of the system through a joint venture with HCA Inc. She played a lead role in establishing Emory Healthcare's Office of Compliance Programs and had administrative responsibility for the Office during its inaugural years. Ms. Spencer also managed all professional liability litigation and oversaw the Office of Risk and Insurance Services, which included an offshore captive insurance organization.
Ms. Spencer joins a burgeoning health care practice at Sutherland. The practice also benefited from the addition of S. David McLean, Jr., also a Counsel in the Atlanta office, within the last year. Mr. McLean was a former health care attorney who was in private practice. Ms. Spencer's expertise in the health care area adds complimentary depth to the firm's existing capabilities in serving the client base in these areas.
"Lori's coming on board is an exciting opportunity to offer clients an in-depth expertise in the delivery of legal services for hospitals, academic medical centers and other healthcare providers. We are confident she will be a valued addition to our growing Health Care and Biotechnology and Life Sciences practices," stated James K. Hasson, Jr., head of Sutherland's Health Care Practice.
Ms. Spencer currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is a former President and Board member of the Georgia Academy of Health Care Attorneys. She received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law and earned her A.B., cum laude, from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.