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William R. Thomas

Columbia Office Managing Partner

Will Thomas cuts through the health care industry’s regulatory noise so his clients can do what they do best – run hospitals and practice medicine. With a master’s degree in health administration and experience working in both a physician’s office and as an administrator at a large academic medical center, Will has a first-hand understanding of the health care industry’s complex operational and regulatory landscape. His clients include risk managers, in-house legal counsel, COOs, and CEOs for both single entity and chain hospitals, physician practices, and a wide variety of health care providers.

When guiding clients through regulatory minefields, Will often finds that solutions can be achieved through operational changes. If clients are frustrated with recurring problems, he looks for more global solutions, such as drafting a policy that will address and resolve a particular concern. To ensure that new policies are understood, Will leads in-house presentations in which he addresses an issue before a group of managers or providers, and explains the new policy that has been implemented. This proactive approach helps his clients effectively manage these issues.

Will is uniquely positioned to represent his clients when regulatory matters go to court. With a strong background in pharmaceutical litigation, he is just as comfortable in a courtroom as he is in a medical center. Will has taken Certificate of Need applications from the drafting stage through the regulatory process at the agency level, through the trial stage at the Administrative Law Court. Clients benefit from having a point-person who knows their application thoroughly and is well prepared to defend it if challenged by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (“DHEC”) or industry competitors.

Outside of the office, Will devotes time to local Bar organizations. In July 2014, he will begin serving as a delegate from the Fifth Circuit to the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. When he isn’t focused on law, he spends time with his family, enjoys running, coaches soccer and basketball, and he plays an active role as a board member at a local pre-school.

Featured Experience

  • Represents clients on Certificates of Need matters, Stark and anti-kickback analysis, fraud and abuse issues, false claims defense, medical staff issues, medical practice sales and acquisitions, analyzing, reviewing, and preparing a variety of health care contracts, hospital-physician contractual disputes, and day-to-day counsel concerning operational and regulatory issues for hospitals
  • Represents clients in HIPAA and privacy litigation
  • Practiced extensively in pharmaceutical drug litigation
  • Mediates, arbitrates, and tries cases in addition to operational and transactional work

Representative Matters

  • Handled a 10-day arbitration for a national health care client, which resulted in a $2.2 million judgment, including attorneys fees
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a multi-million dollar breach of contract case for a hospital client
  • Recently prevailed in a nine-day Certificate of Need trial in which South Carolina DHEC’s adverse decision was overturned
  • Shepherded dozens of Certificate of Need applications from the drafting stage to the approval stage
  • Successfully negotiated with state and federal health care agencies who have fined his clients for regulatory compliance violations

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Honors & Awards

  • Columbia Business Monthly magazine's, “Legal Elite,” 2013
  • Order of the Wig and Robe

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
    Executive Committee, 2008-2012; President, 2011; Treasurer, 2003-2008
  • South Carolina Bar
    Member, Health Law Section