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Jack E. Holt, III

Jack E. Holt, III was a partner at the firm for over a decade.  He continues to  serve "of counsel" while seeking a Masters degree in Health Law. He speaks regularly on patient safety, credentialing, and end-of-life issues

He attended All Souls Catholic School and Bishop Moore High School, graduating in 1982. He then attended Harvard University where he completed his undergraduate studies and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology. Subsequently, he worked as a paralegal for two years in Boston and Orlando and then attended law school at the University of Florida.

He was a member of the moot court team and the Environmental Law Society. Mr. Holt was inducted into the Order of the Coif, received the Academic Achievement Award for Legal Drafting in his class and was on the Dean's List throughout his law school tenure. He graduated in 1991 with honors.

Mr. Holt practices primarily in the area of health care law and appellate practice.  He is regularly called upon to address hospital and medical staff relations, state licensure issues, compliance and privacy issues, appellate practice, professional licensure and disciplinary cases, medical staff and credentialing issues, Title III ADA claims and mental health law. Representative clients include hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, pharmacies, group homes, nursing schools and private physician practices. He also represents physicians, nurses, psychologists and other health care professionals in licensure and business matters.

Mr. Holt believes that cost-effective legal solutions begin with an attorney committed to listening to his clients' needs and interests and making a full inquiry before determining what course of action is appropriate. It is often possible to avoid expensive legal battles in court with adequate preparation and understanding of the legal issues involved beforehand.

Family and community remain Mr. Holt's most important values. He and his family have been active in the community, including work for the Healthcare Center for the Homeless, Healing the Children Florida, the Florida Hospital Foundation, Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare and other charitable endeavors. He has served on and advised various hospital and medical staff committees, including biomedical ethics panels. Mr. Holt has an AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Holt's other interests include archaeology, evolutionary biology and art history.

Harvard University, B.A., 1986
University of Florida, J.D. with honors, 1991
University of Washington, L.L.M. (Health Law), prospective for Fall 2015

Core Practice Areas
Americans with Disabilities Act
Appellate practice
Civil rights
Disability law
Healthcare and hospital law, including medical staff matters, risk management, corporate compliance and general corporate law
Mental health
Professional licensure

Legal Experience
1991-92    Associate    Fertig & Gramling     Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1992-96    Trial Court Law Clerk, Staff Attorney     Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County   Orlando, Florida
1996-present   Partner    Grower, Ketcham, Rutherford, Bronson, Eide & Telan, P.A.   Maitland, Florida

Notable Cases
Southern Baptist Hosp. of Fla., Inc. v. Charles, 148 So. 3d 170 (2014)
W.M. v. State
, 992 So. 2d 383 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008)
Haupt v. State, 987 So. 2d 90 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008)
Florida Hospital Waterman, Inc. v. Buster, 984 So. 2d 478 (Fla. 2008)
Wellner v. East Pasco Medical Center, 975 So. 2d 442 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
Florida Hospital Waterman, Inc. v. Buster, 932 So. 2d 344 (Fla. 5th DCA 2006)
Wolford v. Boone, 2006 WL 1493134 (2006)
Advisory Opinion to Governor re: Sheriff and Judicial Vacancies Due to Resignation, 928 So. 2d 1218 (Fla. 2004)
Wolford v. Boone, 920 So. 2d 39 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005)
Blom v. Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Inc., 911 So. 2d 211 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005)
T.H.E. Ins. Co. v. Dollar Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc., 900 So. 2d 694 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005)
Wolford v. Boone, 874 So. 2d 1207 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)
Naylor v. District Bd. of Trustees, 839 So. 2d 915 (Fla. 5th DCA 2003)
Riccardi v. Superior Guar. Ins. Co., 801 So. 2d 950 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001)
Lumley v. City of Dade City, Fla, 327 F. 3d 1186 (11th Cir. 2003)
Mosai v. Dennis, 803 So. 2d 730 (Fla. 2d DCA 2001)
Jordan v. Lakeland Regional Medical Center, 153 F.Supp.2d 1333 (M.D. Fla. 2003)
Milam v. Yenke, 752 So. 2d 1 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999)
Barden v. Haddox, 695 So. 2d 1271 (Fla. 5th DCA 1997)
Cantarella v. Underwriters at Lloyds, 611 So. 2d 528 (Fla. 4th DCA 1993)

Key Presentations

"Guiding Providers: How PSOs help create  secure PSWP", Seventh Annual Meeting of PSOs (April 22-23, 2015)

"Case Law Update: Charles v. Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida (Baptist Medical Center) & Progeny", Seventh Annual Meeting of PSOs (April 22-23, 2015)

"Peer Review & Patient Safety: Can Matter & Anti-Matter Mix?",  Sixth Annual Meeting of PSOs (April 23-24, 2014)

"How to Assemble and Develop the Patient Safety Workforce", Fifth Annual Meeting of PSOs (April 24-25, 2013) 

"Nursing Documentation", Centura Institute (July 9, 2012)

"Preparations and Prepositions: A Grammar School Guide to Creating PSES",  Fourth Annual Meeting of PSOs (April 10-12, 2012)


“The Patient Safety Work Product Privilege: Evidence and Proof”, UHC PI PSO Web Conference (August 9, 2011)

"The Patient Safety Work Product Privilege: Evidence and Proof," Third Annual Meeting of PSOs (May 9, 2011)

"Non-Physician Licensees: The Scope of their Practices and How they Relate to Physicians," Family Practice Residency Program, Orlando, Florida (May 20, 2009).

"Emergency Treatment Orders (Baker Act)," Center for Behavioral Health, Orlando, Florida (September 19, 2007).

"Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005," first presented in Orlando, Florida (October 12, 2005) and frequently repeated and updated for other venues.

"Medical Incidents: The Legislature's New Way of Addressing Risk, Injury and Cost Analysis," Orlando, Florida (January, 2004).

"Patient Safety Initiatives/Preventing Medical Errors Seminar," CHN Practice Consulting, Sebring, Florida (January 14, 2003)

"Most Things a Medical Staff Services Professional Needs to Know about Medical Malpractice Litigation to Effectively Assist the Credentials Committee," Mid-Central Florida Association of Medical Staff Services, Orlando, Florida (January 13, 2003).

"The Burden of Futility: A Panel Discussion," Bridges To Excellence® Seminar, Orlando, Florida (November 7, 2003) legal introduction and panel introduction repeated for the Mid-Florida Chapter, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Orlando, Florida (December 4, 2003).

"Exploring HIPAA - A New Way of Doing Business," 7th Annual Florida Liability Conference, Orlando, Florida (June 7, 2003).

"Patient Safety Initiatives/ Preventing Medical Errors Seminar," CHN Practice Consulting and Florida Hospital Heartland, Sebring, Florida (January 2003).

"The Baker Act and Emergency Rooms: Services, Transportation & Records," Adventist Health System (November 2002) repeated frequently for different audiences.

"EMTALA: On-Call Physicians and the Meaning of 'Emergency' Medical Care under the Law," Adventist Health System (March 2002) repeated frequently for different audiences.

"Health Care Marketing: Legal Pitfalls and Risk Management Strategies," Orlando, Florida (November 27, 2001).

"Trauma: EMTALA Laws and the Effect on Admissions and Transfer Agreements" American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida (September 12, 2001)

Admissions, Membership and Affiliations
The Florida Bar
United States Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States Supreme Court
American Bar Association
The Florida Bar
Health Law Section
Orange County Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys
Florida Hospital Association

Honors and Awards
J.D. Degree awarded with Honors
Dean's List, University of Florida
Academic Achievement Award for Legal Drafting
University of Florida Moot Court Team