CHARLESTON, SC – Laura Johnson Evans, Shumaker’s Health Care National Service Line Leader and Health Care Business Sector Chair, has been named a health care “Power Player” by the North and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, which will be published in the magazines’ June issue. She is one of only 11 South Carolina lawyers being recognized and one of only 30 being recognized in both states. Designation to the Power Players list is the result of peer nomination with ultimate selection by the editorial board of North and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
“Having worked in-house and been in my clients’ shoes, I can offer a legal solution that is easily operationalized. It is very rewarding to give legal advice that is practical, efficient, and improves patient care. I am honored to work with many of the lawyers on the Power Players list,” said Laura.
Clients call on Laura when they need a health care lawyer who is experienced in the everyday, operational aspects of the industry. After litigating complex health care, toxic tort, and product liability cases for seven years, Laura served as in-house counsel for Roper St. Francis Healthcare, a Charleston-based nonprofit health care system that included acute care hospitals, as well as numerous ancillary facilities and physician practices. After serving in-house, Laura re-entered private practice and dedicated herself to providing counsel to a wide variety of health care providers. Laura often acts as outside general counsel to hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, laboratory entities, physician practices, long-term care providers, post-acute care providers, independent and assisted living entities, in-home medical service entities, and specialty care facilities. She also acts as lead transactional and/or regulatory counsel on acquisitions and affiliations across the country.
Laura is AV® Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is ranked by Chambers USA. Laura is certified as a mediator/arbitrator in the State of South Carolina and is an American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) certified neutral.
Laura is a proud graduate of the Furman University Riley Diversity Institute and sits on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She also is dedicated to pro bono service, having led the Charleston County Bar’s response to the Mother Emanuel tragedy (which provided over 1500 hours of pro bono legal assistance to the victims’ families and survivors), for which she was named the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.