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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 Advocacy Department and former chairman of the Health Care Litigation Group.

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More than 30 health care liability jury trials representing defendant physicians and hospitals.

Successfully represented a hospital and ambulatory surgery center in challenges brought by physicians subject to disciplinary action under peer review procedures.

Represented plaintiffs and defendant municipalities in federal civil rights litigation in the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Wellford represents hospitals, physicians and medical groups in health care litigation, regulatory, peer review, contract and employment matters. He is also an experienced litigator in products liability and commercial litigation disputes.

Mr. Wellford has substantial jury and bench trial experience in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia and Arkansas. These matters include the defense of health care providers in medical malpractice or regulatory matters, as well as product liability, breach of contract and employment disputes, civil rights, antitrust and class action defense.

His health care experience includes representation of 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, the Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice. He has also litigated health care cases in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Texas and Massachusetts on matters regarding Anti-Kickback and False Claims, alleged violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, credentialing actions, and fraudulent conveyance.

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. He is currently a member of the Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facilities Board.

Representative Matters
  • More than 30 health care liability jury trials representing defendant physicians and hospitals.

  • Successfully represented a hospital and ambulatory surgery center in challenges brought by physicians subject to disciplinary action under peer review procedures.

  • Represented plaintiffs and defendant municipalities in federal civil rights litigation in the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

  • 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 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

  • Obtained declaratory judgment for a commercial lessee distribution center in a dispute over the scope of a clause in the section of lease governing "Additional Rent" in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

  • Represented a health care system in receivership action involving the attempted "claw back" of charitable contributions under fraudulent conveyance state laws in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a publicly held waste collections and disposal company in a breach of contract and fraud claim involving failure to move forward with Letter of Intent for acquisition.

  • Completed the successful resolution of civil investigative demands made to physicians by the Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice.

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' 2019 Memphis Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • 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)
  • Member – International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
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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