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(Memphis, TN/December 18, 2009) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is pleased to announce that Theresa E. Weir and Katherine H. Forseth have joined the Firm's Health Law Department. Ms. Weir joins as of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office, and Ms. Forseth joins as an associate in Atlanta. Previously, Ms. Weir was an associate with Hogan & Hartson and Ms. Forseth was an associate at Troutman Sanders.

Ms. Weir's practice is primarily devoted to health care, antitrust and consumer protection matters. She provides counseling and representation on an array of competition, privacy and health care regulatory issues, including issues arising from the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Robinson-Patman Act and Federal Trade Commission Act, as well as from federal and state health care laws and regulations governing health information privacy and data use, such as the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Medicare. Ms. Weir is a 2002 cum laude graduate of Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Forseth concentrates her practice on the representation of health care providers and other health care-related entities in a wide range of matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and fraud and abuse compliance, certificates of need and other government approvals, licensure, mergers and acquisitions of health care entities, reimbursement issues, HIPAA privacy and security compliance, business organization and operations, and nonprofit governance. She is a 2002 cum laude graduate of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

"Tracy and Katy are strategic additions to the Firm's Health Law Group, and we are delighted to welcome them to Baker Donelson. Their robust practices complement well our existing capabilities to serve our clients nationwide," says Richard G. Cowart, chair of the Firm's Health Law and Public Policy Department.

Baker Donelson's Health Law Practice Group is widely recognized as a premier national practice. Health Lawyers News in June 2009 named it as one of the top ten health law practices in the nation. It is consistently ranked as one of the largest health law practices in the country, representing leading hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, physician organizations and specialty care providers. Attorneys in the Baker Donelson Health Law Group deliver a wide array of corporate, regulatory and financial services grounded in an institutional knowledge of the health care industry. The Group also provides a full spectrum of litigation services in commercial and contract matters, antitrust disputes, regulatory and governmental issues, and defense of tort cases for a myriad of health care providers.

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