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Bob Hearn believes in making legal work count, never losing sight of every task’s value proposition and using creative information-gathering and litigation strategies to bring about efficient and desirable conclusions.  That’s why clients trust him when complex and potentially costly matters arise.

Bob’s diverse practice focuses on representing health care providers and other highly regulated enterprises in litigation and in matters regarding regulatory, compliance and other business and operational concerns.

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Bob Hearn believes in making legal work count, never losing sight of every task’s value proposition and using creative information-gathering and litigation strategies to bring about efficient and desirable conclusions.  That’s why clients trust him when complex and potentially costly matters arise.

Bob’s diverse practice focuses on representing health care providers and other highly regulated enterprises in litigation and in matters regarding regulatory, compliance and other business and operational concerns.

Bob’s litigation work entails a wide range of subject matters, including defending healthcare providers, life science, pharmaceutical and clinical research entities, medical product manufacturers, professional engineering firms and other technical and scientific services companies against personal injury, death and products liability claims. He also handles various commercial disputes implicating clients’ operations, such as those arising from regulated reimbursement, contract and business fraud disputes.  Bob regularly litigates throughout Florida as well as in other jurisdictions.

Through his work in the laboratory, clinical trial, pharmaceutical and medical products industries, Bob has fostered a strong skill set in cultivating and challenging specialized expert opinion testimony and a heightened ability to present complex issues to courts and juries. These skills have allowed him to litigate and try a wide array of challenging cases throughout his career.

Bob also spends a significant portion of his practice counseling healthcare and life science clients with regard to regulatory, compliance, licensure and certification matters. He regularly resolves facility licensure issues with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). He also represents clients with respect to industry-specific federal certification and regulatory requirements, such as those imposed by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and the FDA, and with regard to evolving telemedicine and related interstate practice rules and policies.

Experience

  • Defends a national laboratory in an array of litigation matters, including claims arising from cytology and histology interpretations, prenatal genetic testing, result reporting and specimen management issues, blood coagulation studies, FDA-regulated tissue transplant testing, microbiology cultures, and phlebotomy and specimen collection injuries. His casework focused extensively on defending misdiagnosis of cancer cases.
  • Handles liability claims arising from the performance of FDA-regulated clinical trials for a global contract research organization.
  • Represents a pharmaceutical manufacturer in state opioid litigation.
  • Helped a professional football franchise determine whether its training facility was subject to state healthcare licensure.
  • Routinely assists corporate healthcare providers renew AHCA licenses and maintain compliance with Agency standards.
  • Assists clients with transitioning healthcare licenses and certifications to new ownership.
  • Successfully represented corporate and individual clients in federal criminal prosecutions and pre-indictment investigations arising from the alleged violation of environmental, health care fraud and abuse, securities fraud, public corruption and telemarketing fraud laws and rules.

Insights

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Potential Claims and Liabilities Associated with COVID-19 Pandemic," ACC Tampa Bay CLE (July 2020) Co-Presenter
  • "Master Class on Telemedicine," The Florida Bar Health Law Section CLE (Orlando, FL, December 2017) Speaker
  • "Florida's Laboratory Licensure Renewals: Navigating the Process and Avoiding the Pitfalls," Phelps Dunbar Legal Briefing (Tampa, FL, June 2015) Speaker

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Civic

  • Challenged Athlete’s Foundation, Florida - Board Member
  • Gasparilla Distance Classic Association - Organizing Committee Member

Industries

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • Vanderbilt University
    B.A., 1990

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Defends a national laboratory in an array of litigation matters, including claims arising from cytology and histology interpretations, prenatal genetic testing, result reporting and specimen management issues, blood coagulation studies, FDA-regulated tissue transplant testing, microbiology cultures, and phlebotomy and specimen collection injuries. His casework focused extensively on defending misdiagnosis of cancer cases.
  • Handles liability claims arising from the performance of FDA-regulated clinical trials for a global contract research organization.
  • Represents a pharmaceutical manufacturer in state opioid litigation.
  • Helped a professional football franchise determine whether its training facility was subject to state healthcare licensure.
  • Routinely assists corporate healthcare providers renew AHCA licenses and maintain compliance with Agency standards.
  • Assists clients with transitioning healthcare licenses and certifications to new ownership.
  • Successfully represented corporate and individual clients in federal criminal prosecutions and pre-indictment investigations arising from the alleged violation of environmental, health care fraud and abuse, securities fraud, public corruption and telemarketing fraud laws and rules.
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Potential Claims and Liabilities Associated with COVID-19 Pandemic," ACC Tampa Bay CLE (July 2020) Co-Presenter
  • "Master Class on Telemedicine," The Florida Bar Health Law Section CLE (Orlando, FL, December 2017) Speaker
  • "Florida's Laboratory Licensure Renewals: Navigating the Process and Avoiding the Pitfalls," Phelps Dunbar Legal Briefing (Tampa, FL, June 2015) Speaker

Professional

  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Civic

  • Challenged Athlete’s Foundation, Florida - Board Member
  • Gasparilla Distance Classic Association - Organizing Committee Member