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Dallas 3 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The health…

Dallas 3 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The health care law firm of Stewart & Stimmel L.L.P. is pleased to announce that R. Keith Dugger has been named partner in the firm’s Dallas office.

Mr. Dugger joined Stewart & Stimmel in January 2002 where he has advised clients on a full range of health care-related issues. He has been instrumental in the development and management of the firm’s regulatory and transactional practice group, and regularly works closely with the firm’s clients to assist in identifying and addressing key operational issues affecting their facilities.

“Keith is a wonderful attorney who will make an excellent partner in our firm,” says Stewart & Stimmel co-founder James “Mac” Stewart. “His expertise in federal and state health care regulations makes him invaluable to clients as well as an important member of our team.”

Mr. Dugger has addressed such matters as:

· Fraud and Abuse analysis

· HIPAA and medical record privacy and access

· Hospital/physician joint ventures

· Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement

“I am tremendously honored to be named partner at this firm,” says Mr. Dugger. “My plan is to continue to build on the vision that Stewart & Stimmel has to become the best legal counsel to the health care industry.”

Prior to joining Stewart & Stimmel, Mr. Dugger was a partner in the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee, P.C. He earned his B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University in 1992, and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996. Mr. Dugger holds membership in both the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Missouri and is a former director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City. Also, he was named a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by D Magazine in 2004.

With offices in Dallas, Houston and Tyler, Stewart & Stimmel, L.L.P. specializes in providing legal services to hospitals, physicians and other types of health care providers. For more information, visit the firm’s Web site at www.stewartstimmel.com.

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