About Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
Hooper Lundy & Bookman is a firm dedicated to health care law, representing providers and suppliers in all aspects of their business and regulatory transactions, litigation, and arbitration and dispute resolution needs, as well as advocacy and public policy.
Health Care Trio
HLB was founded in 1987 by three attorneys with lots of health care prowess. Patric Hooper began his career with the California DOJ as Deputy Attorney General before pivoting to focus on health care litigation against state and federal governments. Robert Lundy and Lloyd Bookman also brought years of expertise in health care law, notably with ample experience representing health care providers, to round out the founding trio. From the firm’s humble beginnings in Los Angeles, the firm now helps clients in all 50 states from its six offices coast to coast.
A Focus on Medicine
HLB isn’t your typical health care law firm. It is the largest firm in the country to focus only on health care providers and suppliers, which gives it a niche in the health care industry and helps eliminate conflicts of interest. The firm boasts impressive stats, such as the fact it has more attorney years of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement experience than any other firm in the country. The firm has also been involved in some of the most high-profile Stark and fraud and abuse cases in the country. And while HLB has grown to a national scale, the firm’s focus has never wavered from California, where it has represented clients in more than 50 percent of California hospital acquisitions in the past five years. In Washington, DC, the firm is equipped with health care policy experts who lobby on behalf of clients before Congress, CMS, FDA, and MedPAC.
Beyond client business, HLB attorneys have authored and co-authored numerous publications, including the CHA Hospital Compliance Manual, the CHA EMTALA Manual, the AHLA Monograph on the Stark Law, the Handbook of Academic Medicine, and Medical Records Privacy Under HIPAA. In the ever-changing world of health care law and policy, the firm also ensures its clients are kept in the loop. The firm publishes a weekly health law policy newsletter as well as client alerts online and through social media. During the coronavirus pandemic, HLB began sending the “Daily Digest”—a daily email apprising clients of new state and national COVID-19-related regulations.
HLB is focused on retaining talent—and they mean it! Since more than half of the firm’s lawyers currently have partner status, it’s not surprising that the firm is focused on hiring and retaining talent. And although many of the firm’s attorneys come as laterals, the firm is a certified provider of continuing legal education, and provides in-house legal training on health care issues that are not available to the general bar.
With the firm’s national presence, we are able to continue meeting candidates throughout the U.S. by utilizing video conference technology for interviews, despite our physical offices being closed due to the pandemic.
News & Awards
HLB elevated eight partners in 2021. “These individuals exemplify the best of Hooper, Lundy & Bookman’s strengths, and reflect the excellence and breadth of our health care provider practice,” said Managing Shareholder Mark Reagan.
Our COVID-19 Resource Center provides guidance from state and federal agencies and select national trade associations regarding COVID-19.
We worked with the California Association of Health Facilities (“CAHF”) to develop and have approved a Medicaid reimbursement strategy that produced a 10 percent increase for Medi-Cal rates to facilities to cover increased costs relating to COVID-19, retroactively effective to March 1, 2020. This increase is estimated to be worth $320 million and ongoing.
Concurrently, the CARES Act provided hundreds of millions of dollars in nursing home support. Both of these streams of funding required documentation of either lost revenue or increased expenditures related to COVID-19. Analyzing specific requirements, we developed educational programs for CAHF, the American Health Care Association, and the Washington Health Care Association to instruct members to appropriately account for these monies and to avoid recoupments.
Additionally, the existing Medicaid reimbursement system for nursing homes was “sunsetting” in California and CAHF was negotiating an extension with the Governor’s Office and the Department of Finance. Despite the state’s $54 billion budget deficit, we were part of the successful negotiating team that delivered a 29-month extension in the State Budget Act, with a 7.5 percent increase in funding the first 17 months, and 2.4 percent increase thereafter. HLB drafted and negotiated the original system in 2004, but this represented the most significant extension in its 16-year history, estimated to be just under $1 billion.
Chambers USA ranks HLB among the top U.S. Health Law firms, describing the firm as an “outstanding healthcare boutique, with significant capability acting for both providers and suppliers across a range of complex and cutting-edge matters.”
1875 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 551-8111
Managing Partner: Mark E. Reagan
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000 (based on 2,000 hours)
Summer Associate: $3,654/week
Director of Administration & Human Resources
No. of U.S. Offices: 6
No. of International Offices: 0
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices
Behavioral Health & Community-Based Care
Corporate & Transactional
False Claims Act
Fraud & Abuse, Stark, Anti-Kickback Counseling and Defense
Government Relations & Public Policy
Health Care Financial Restructuring
Health Care Technology
Health Information Privacy & Security
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Medical Staff Operations & Disputes
Medicare, Medicaid, Other Governmental Reimbursement & Payment
Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Services & Supports
Provider & Supplier Operations
White Collar Criminal Defense
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.