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R. Christopher Martin


(504) 962-4293

R. Christopher Martin R. Christopher “Chris” Martin is a special partner in Chehardy Sherman Williams’ Healthcare section where he focuses on general healthcare regulatory, compliance and risk management. Mr. Martin also has experience advising providers on negotiation and preparation of wide range of contractual arrangements between numerous healthcare entities, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has further assisted clients with:

  • Physician/Hospital relationships
  • Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement
  • Reimbursement/Audit Defense and Compliance
  • Licensure and Accreditation
  • False Claims Analysis
  • Professional Licensing and Disruptive Physician issues
  • Stark/Anti-Kickback Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Health Information Technology

Before joining Chehardy Sherman Williams’ New Orleans office, Mr. Martin practiced at Chaffe McCall, and prior to that he served as in-house Counsel at Ochsner Health System. While at Ochsner, he advised management on a wide variety of legal, regulatory, compliance, and risk management issues and reviewed, negotiated, and drafted contracts for the hospital, physicians, joint ventures and other transactions.

Prior to his tenure at Ochsner, he founded one of the first full-service dispute resolution firms in the New Orleans area, Martin Mediation Group, and personally conducted over 1200 mediations and a dozen arbitrations. He has acted as Chair of numerous medical review panels, acted as a peer review hearing officer, and mediated and arbitrated a wide range of healthcare disputes including managed care, medical malpractice, employment, and business disputes between healthcare providers and suppliers.

Mr. Martin has also been in private practice representing defendants in a broad range of maritime and civil cases after a two-year judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He received his law degree and a B.A. from Louisiana State University and is admitted to practice in Louisiana.

    • • Louisiana State University, B.A.
    • • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D.
    • Licensed to practice law in all Louisiana state courts
    • “Medical Marijuana in the Hospital,” Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief Newsletter (September 2018)
    • Summary of 60-day Medicare Overpayment Rule,” Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief Newsletter, Volume 31, No. 1 (January 2016)
    • “Transparency of Hospital Charges Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” LHA Impact Lawbrief Newsletter, Vol. 30, Number 2 (Feb./March 2015)
    • “The Affordable Care Act,” Presentation New Orleans Bar Association (December 2014)
    • “Effective Dispute Resolution in the Health Care Industry: Progress and Opportunities,” Louisiana Bar Journal, Volume 62, Number 2 (November 2014)
    • “Office of Civil Rights issues Guidance on HIPAA and Same-Sex Marriages”Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief Newsletter, Volume 29, Number 8 (September, 2014)
    • “American Health Lawyers Association 340B Toolkit,” contributing author (June 2014)
    • “First Advisory Opinion of 2014 is Favorable,” Louisiana Hospital Association’s IMPACT Lawbrief Newsletter, Volume 29, Number 1 (January 2014)
    • “Emerging Models of Clinical Integration and Accountable Care,” Presentation Louisiana Hospital Association 24th Annual Health Law Symposium, Baton Rouge, LA (November 6, 2013)
    • Co-author of “Louisiana Medicaid RAC’s Are On the Way,” Louisiana Hospital Association’s IMPACT Lawbrief Newsletter, Volume 28, Number 4 (April 2013)
    • “HIPAA – Old and New,” Lorman Educational Services (April 10, 2013) New Orleans, LA
    • “Effective Negotiation by Bernard Ramundo,” Book Review, Loyola Law Review (Spring, 1994)
    • “Mediation: A Better Way.” Louisiana Bar Journal, Vol. 41 No. 3 (October,1993)
    • “Personal Injury Suit Mediation: A Success Story.” The Claims Forum, Vol. 6.4 (December,1992); Published by the American Arbitration Association
    • Named as a Top Lawyer in Healthcare Law in New Orleans Magazine (2013, 2014, 2017)
    • Leadership in Law honoree-City Business, 2014
    • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute-2014
    • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
    • Lambeth House Foundation Board of Directors
    • Trinity Episcopal Church—Community Ministries


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