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Neil H. Ekblom and Medical Malpractice Defense Team Join LeClairRyan
Date:12/2/2009

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With the addition of a Manhattan-based team of five veteran attorneys, led by Neil H. Ekblom, LeClairRyan's medical malpractice defense practice has dramatically expanded its reach in the New York market. Mr. Ekblom, a former state prosecutor, has significant experience in defending ophthalmology-related malpractice claims.

The New York team adds to an existing group of medical malpractice defense attorneys located in LeClairRyan's offices in Newark, Boston, San Francisco and Virginia.

Mr. Ekblom, who was named a shareholder in the firm's Tort Defense Group, has been a first-chair trial lawyer for more than 100 jury trials to date. He began his civil career at Bower & Gardner in New York and was most recently a partner at Clausen Miller PC. In addition to defending his clients in court, he routinely assists physicians in transactional and regulatory matters, including drafting employment agreements, forming physician entities and arranging mergers or purchases of practices. Mr. Ekblom also represents physicians before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Department of Health. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985.

"Mr. Ekblom has significant practices in both New Jersey and New York, and is widely known for his successful defenses of a number of physicians and hospitals in the Northeast," said Rodney K. Adams, a shareholder in the firm and leader of its Tort Defense Group. "In particular, Neil is highly sought after for his expertise in ophthalmology cases, routinely representing both LASIK surgeons and equipment distributors."

LeClairRyan is expanding the scale and scope of its New York team and its medical malpractice defense practice at a time when such cases are front-and-center in the national effort to lower healthcare costs. As Mr. Adams noted, the costs associated with both awards and settlements in these cases cont
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