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Amy S. Flanary-Smith

Columbia | 803.253.6853
Raleigh | By Appointment Only
Fax | 803.255.8017

Amy Flanary-Smith is an experienced health care law advisor, litigator, and teacher. Amy has served in several interim operations counsel roles for clients needing seasoned, pragmatic counsel for multiple hospitals. Her practice focuses on operational compliance and enterprise effectiveness, and she is particularly skilled in forging relationships with leadership teams working in fast-paced clinical settings. 

She assists hospitals, long-term care facilities, behavioral health facilities, and physicians with questions regarding EMTALA, HIPAA, Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Her day-to-day work for clients includes contract drafting and negotiation, administrative representation, and policy drafting. Amy is a frequent speaker and trainer for health care organizations in the areas of EMTALA compliance, advance directives, guardianships, end-of-life decision making, and informed consent. In 2019 she was the primary author of House Bill 3602, which amended the South Carolina Adult Health Care Consent Act to allow a close friend to make health care decisions on behalf of an incapacitated patient.

Amy has represented health care providers at all levels of state court, including administrative proceedings, trial court proceedings, and appellate proceedings in both North and South Carolina. Prior to rejoining Parker Poe in 2017, Amy represented a North Carolina hospital for nine years, providing advice and assistance in a variety of operational areas. Amy has served on the faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill, Campbell University, and the University of South Carolina, teaching health care law, disability law, and legal research and writing. She has taught health care law to undergraduate health policy majors and was a member of Campbell University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Amy earned her B.A. with distinction in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. She is licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Maryland.

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Honors & Awards

  • Furman University Diversity Leaders Initiative Graduate (Riley Fellow), 2020
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2018


  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys, Board of Directors, 2012-2016; Co-Chair, Legal Alerts Subcommittee, 2013-15; Chair, Membership Committee, 2015
  • North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care, Statewide Steering Committee 2014-2016
  • Association of Legal Writing Directors, 2009-2015
  • Legal Writing Institute, National Survey Committee 2010-2014