King & Spalding announced today that Stephen Goff, Marcia Augsburger, John Barnes and Leslie Murphy, four highly regarded lawyers in California focused on healthcare litigation, investigation and regulation, will join the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group. All four will join King & Spalding from DLA Piper’s Health Care Sector practice, of which Goff served as co-chair.

“Steve, Marcia and their team are highly versatile and respected practitioners in California, one of the country’s largest and most regulated healthcare markets,” said Jay Harris, co-chair of King & Spalding’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice. “These newest members of King & Spalding’s healthcare practice solidify the firm’s commitment to California and to its position as one of the country’s leading healthcare services practices.”

The new California partners have substantial experience litigating high-stakes cases and counselling clients on a wide variety of issues—from managed care plan contracting strategies to regulatory compliance advice and defense of governmental investigations for healthcare providers. In particular, Goff is a leading lawyer in the area of provider managed care contracting and disputes with health insurers. Augsburger has deep expertise in telemedicine and medical privacy, as well as health regulatory, coding and billing, and medical tourism. All four will be resident in Sacramento, and affiliated with King & Spalding’s San Francisco office.

“It was a combination of the focus of the firm on healthcare and life sciences, the depth of specialized healthcare lawyers who collaborate across the firm, and the impressive growth trajectory that attracted us to King & Spalding,” said Goff. “We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues around the country, exchanging opportunities and expertise.”

The new team joins King & Spalding’s 270-person Healthcare Practice, which Modern Healthcare ranks as the second largest in the United States, and which is integrated across offices, including attorneys resident in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm serves the entire spectrum of institutional providers, practitioners, payors, educators, researchers, inventors, suppliers, investors and manufacturers across the country.

“We welcome Steve, Marcia and team to the firm and are excited to share their healthcare litigation and compliance expertise with our clients across the country,” said Jim Boswell, King & Spalding’s Healthcare Practice Group leader. “Our clients navigating California-specific rules and the competitive environment in the state will greatly benefit from the insight and experience of our new team on the West Coast.”


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