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Buckner Wellford

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Memphis
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Buckner Wellford, shareholder in the Memphis office, is the chairman of Baker Donelson's Health Care Advocacy Group.

Featured Experience

Represented one of two physician defendants in a defense verdict in a two-week wrongful death medical malpractice suit against two surgeons, with the jury deliberating less than an hour before returning their verdict.

2013
Successfully obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case for a health care client.
2016
Represented plaintiff in a Section 1983 Civil Rights/Wrongful Death action against the City of Memphis and Memphis Police Department officers for the death of our client's father during the execution of a search warrant.
2004

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Wellford represents hospitals, physicians and medical groups in health care litigation, regulatory, peer review, contract and employment matters. Since his arrival at the Firm in 2004, Mr. Wellford has defended physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities in federal and state court jury trials involving orthopedic, neurosurgery, gynecologic services, intensive care services and rehabilitative care services.

He has briefed and argued cases for these clients at the state and federal appellate levels, in addition to representing them on administrative and/or civil enforcement proceedings involving hospital peer review proceedings, the Tennessee Department of Health, Board of Medical Examiners, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Inspector General. He has also litigated health care cases in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Texas and Massachusetts on matters ranging from Anti-Kickback and False Claims, alleged violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, credentialing actions, and fraudulent conveyance.

Mr. Wellford has substantial jury and bench trial experience in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Many of these cases involved the defense of health care providers in medical malpractice or regulatory matters, but include product liability, breach of contract and employment disputes, civil rights and fraud claims as well.

A former Shelby County Commissioner with substantial experience in local zoning and land use issues, Mr. Wellford has represented clients before the Shelby County Land Use Control Board, the Memphis City Council, Shelby County Commission, Germantown Design Review Board, and Planning Commission for the City of Collierville.

Mr. Wellford was elected to two terms on the Shelby County Commission where he served from 1994 through 2002. He served as the Chairman of the Commission in 2000, and as Chairman of the Land Use Committee from 2001-2002.

Representative Matters
  • Represented one of two physician defendants in a defense verdict in a two-week wrongful death medical malpractice suit against two surgeons, with the jury deliberating less than an hour before returning their verdict.

    (2013)
  • Successfully obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case for a health care client. (2016)
  • Represented plaintiff in a Section 1983 Civil Rights/Wrongful Death action against the City of Memphis and Memphis Police Department officers for the death of our client's father during the execution of a search warrant. (2004)
  • Successfully defended a physician hospital organization against claims that it conspired to boycott a surgery center and two of its physician investors from the outpatient surgery market in the Memphis area in violation of the Sherman Act, as well as state law unfair competition and tortious interference claims, with the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissing the federal claim with prejudice, specifically adopting the defendant's arguments, and declining to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the state law claims

    (2015)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation since 2005
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Memphis Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Memphis Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006; listed as among top 50 attorneys in Memphis and top 100 attorneys in Tennessee 
  • Listed since 2011 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense lawyer in Tennessee
  • Named to Business Tennessee magazine's "150 Best Lawyers" in the area of medical malpractice law (2009)
  • Recipient – Memphis Bar Association's annual Pro Bono award (2001)
  • Recipient – Sam Myar, Jr. Memorial Award, Memphis Bar Association, for Service to the Community (1996)
  • Member – Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board (2016)
  • Board of Directors – Memphis Bar Association (2008 – 2009)
  • Board of Directors – Memphis Area Legal Services Corporation (1990 – 1992)
  • Fellow – Tennessee Bar Foundation (1994), Memphis Bar Foundation (2006)
  • Member – Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee Member (2016)
Press Releases

Chair of the healthcare advocacy group Buckner Wellford is an excellent litigator, best known in the area of medical malpractice. He assists medical groups and physicians as well as providing regulatory advice to hospitals.

Buckner Wellford specializes in representing hospitals and other healthcare entities in medical malpractice-related litigation. He is described by his peers as a 'wonderful lawyer.'

He is the face of the firm to me and he's great.

Vice President of Legal Services at a not-for-profit health care delivery system

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