Attorney Profile

George F. Indest III

George Indest III

The Health Law Firm
1101 Douglas Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
The Health Law Firm
Phone 407-331-6620
Fax 407-331-3030

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Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2010, 2014

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Practice Areas

Health Care

Business Litigation

Administrative Law

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Profile

The president, founder and managing partner of The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida, George F. Indest III was chosen by Florida Medical Business magazine as "Orlando's Best Health Care Attorney" in 2002. He has more than three decades of legal experience in the health care field and is certified as a specialist in health law by The Florida Bar. Representing medical professionals, hospitals and care facilities throughout the state, Mr. Indest handles matters that include professional licensing negotiation, administrative penalty defense and medical malpractice charges.

Prior to founding his law firm in 1999, Mr. Indest received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. He has an extensive educational background and earned his LL.M. summa cum laude in 1986 from the National Law Center of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A disabled veteran, Mr. Indest is licensed to practice in Florida and Louisiana, and before numerous federal courts. He has also received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Indest served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, earning his wings as a naval aviator in 1974. Due to his strong legal background, he served as a Judge Advocate General's Corps officer as well as the staff judge advocate at Naval Hospital Portsmouth. As the command judge advocate for the Naval Medical Command, Mid-Atlantic Region, Mr. Indest worked with naval medical centers throughout the world, including facilities in South Carolina, Iceland and Guantanamo Bay.

A frequent lecturer and legal writer, Mr. Indest is the author of numerous papers in the field of health care law. His work has been published in prestigious publications, including the Journal of Nursing Law and The FOMA Journal. In his free time, Mr. Indest is also a blogger for the Zombie Law Blog.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Certifications and Credentials

International Locations

Global Region(s): Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East


About George Indest III

Law School:

Admitted: 1983, Florida

Professional Webpage: www.thehealthlawfirm.com/profiles.asp

Honors and Awards:

  • AV® Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, which is the highest level attainable by an attorney, according to Martindale-Hubbell, his rating is 5 out of 5, AV Preeminent Lawyers, http://www.ohlmag.com/topics/directories/av-preeminent-lawyers, 2013
  • Cum Laude, Tulane University Law School
  • "Orlando's Best Health Care Attorney" by Florida Medical Business in its 12th Annual Medical Business Healthcare Awards Program in 2002
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation, With Bronze Star
  • National Defense Service Medal, With Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal, With Bronze Star
  • Navy Achievement Medal, With Bronze Star

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Health Care Risk Manager, American Board of Risk Management, Inc.
  • Certified, Florida Bar in the Legal Specialty of Health Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors, Nonprofit Charity Nursing Home, Charitable Organizations
  • Chair, CLE Division of the Health Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Member, State Bar of District of Columbia
  • Member, State Bar of Florida
  • Member, State Bar of Louisiana
  • Chair, Orange County Bar Association, Medical/Legal Committee
  • Executive Council, Florida Bar, Health Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Navy's Judge Advocate General's (J.A.G.) Corps

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in the March/April issue of Florida Medical Business. Mr. Indest wrote an article on how to prevent online defamation oriented primarily toward physicians and health professionals., Legal Strategies For Doctors To Fight Bad Online Reviews, pub.epageview.com/aglaia/viewer.aspx?docid=ad925976bc4144eda9b158761bdf20a0, 2013
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in a Business Insurance article. The article discusses lawsuits against physicians who administered steroid injections that were tainted with meningitis, leading to a nationwide outbreak., Meningitis Lawsuits Target Physicians, http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20121028/NEWS07/310289984?tags=|75|303, 2012
  • G. Indest & L. Kowalczyk, Home Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions, in 10 Home Health Care Management and Practice 6, Oct, 1998
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in the December issue of Medical Economics. Due to the federal deficit, Medicare fraud initiatives are on the rise as a way to recoup funds. Mr. Indest wrote an article on what to do if a physician, medical group or other health provider receives a notice of an audit and site visit from Medicare, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) or the Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), 2013, 19 Tips to Prepare You for a Medicare Audit and Site Visit, http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/uploads/MedicareAuditTips.pdf
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in an American Medical News article published on February 11, 2013, Physicians Entangled in Tainted Drugs Lawsuits, http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/uploads/AMN_PhysicianLawsuits.PDF
  • Customers' Privacy to be Protected During SunShine Pharmacy Owners' Trial, George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shared his knowledge of health law in a Naples Daily News article published on June 26, 2013., http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/uploads/GFI%20Naples%20Daily%20News%20Pharmacy%20Trial.pdf
  • G. In4dest, et al., "Legal Ethics: Part II," in Journal of Nursing Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring, 2005, pp. 35-46.J.
  • Taraska and G. Indest (editors), The Florida Healthcare Professionals' Medico-Legal Guide, DC Press, Sanford, Fla., 2003
  • G. Indest, et al., "Legal Ethics: Part I," in Journal of Nursing Law, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 2005), pp. 21-34
  • Edited this two volume major legal treatise and personally wrote 13 chapters.G. Indest, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer, Chap. 3 in Fla. Bar Health Law Section, Health Law Handbook, 2003
  • G. Indest and L. Weis, Ethics, Chap. 13 in Fla. Bar, 2003 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2003
  • G. Indest, et al., Confidentiality of Medical Records in Florida, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Dec. 2003
  • G. Indest and J. Hammond, Overview of the New HIPAA Privacy Requirements, The FOMA Journal, 12-13, Fla. Osteopathic Med. Assoc., Winter 2002
  • G. Indest and J. Hammond, Medical Records in Florida: Duty to Keep Medical Records Confidential (and other chapters), in Legalities of Utilizing and Maintaining Computerized Medical Records in Florida, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., May 2002
  • G. Indest and J. Urbanowicz, Ethics, Chap. 14 in Fla. Bar, 2002 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2002
  • G. Indest and J. Hammond, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer: Guidance and Update, Chap. 13 in Fla. Bar, 2001 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2001
  • G. Indest, History, Sources and Overview of Medical Information Confidentiality and Documentation Requirements; Risk Management Issues Relating to Medical Records; Medical Records and Litigation; Electronic Medical Records and Computer Age Concerns; chapters in Confidentiality of Medical Records in Florida Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Dec. 2000
  • G. Indest & J. Hammond, Representing the .Coms and Health Care Providers: Ethical Issues, Sec. 4 in Fla. Bar, e-Medicine: Legal and Regulatory Issues for Health Care in the Electronic Age, Sept. 2000
  • G. Indest, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer: Guidance and Update, Chap. 13 in Fla. Bar, 2000 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2000
  • G. Indest & M. Lowe, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer, Chap. 14 in Fla. Bar, 1999 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 1999
  • G. Indest, Subpoenas and Court Orders; Retention and Risk Management; Chapters in Medical Records in Florida: Confidentiality & Health Information Practices, Medical Education Services, Inc., Altoona, Wisc. Aug. 1999
  • G. Indest, Confidentiality and Record Keeping Requirements -- Historical and Professional Perspectives; Electronic Medical Records and Related Issues: Computerized Records, E-mails, Privacy and Confidentiality; Protecting Electronic Medical Records; Litigation Issues for Mental Health Records; Chapters in Florida Confidentiality of Medical Records for Mental Health Providers (Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Jul. 1999
  • G. Indest & M. Lowe, The Use of Technology in the Practice of Law: Ethical Problems and Solutions, in Fla. Bar, Health Care in the 21st Century: Legal Implications of Technology and Medicine in the Future -- Progress, Problems, Dilemmas and Solutions, Sept. 1998
  • G. Indest & M. Lowe, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Testing and Treatment Records; Medical Records in Litigation; Risk Management Issues Relating To Medical Records; chapters in Confidentiality of Medical Records, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Jul. 1998
  • G. Indest, Applying Informed Consent to the Home Health Care Industry, 9 Home Health Care Management and Practice 17-30, Oct. 1997
  • G. Indest & B. Egolf, Is Medicine Headed for an Assembly Line? Exploring the Doctrine of the Unauthorized Practice of Medicine, in 6 ABA Business Law Today 32, July/August 1997
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Credentialing Liability and Managed Care, in Topics in Managed Care: Recent Developments in the Regulation of Health Care Providers and Managed Care Organizations 11-44, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., June 18, 1997
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Discontinuation of Home Care Services: Patient Abandonment by Any Other Name, 5 Aspen's Health Care Law Bulletin 1, Aspen, May 1997
  • G. Indest, Tax Benefits for Donations of Stock to Expire, to be published in Hosp. News & Fla. Health Care Rep., Mar. 1997
  • I. Rothschild, G. Indest, et al., Recent Developments in Managed Care, Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 32, p.463, Winter, 1997
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Credentialing Liability and the Managed Care Organization, in Fla. Bar, Managed Care: Emerging Opportunities, Complexities and Liabilities. Feb. 1997
  • G. Indest, Strategies and Advantages in Managed Care Contracting for Home Health Providers, Baker & Hostetler Seminar Managed Care Contracting for Home Health Agencies, Jan. 1997
  • G. Indest, Patient Care Issues in Home Health Care, Chap. 1 in M. Nathanson, Home Health Law Manual, Aspen Publishers Oct., 1996
  • G. Indest & R. Siehl, Antitrust and Other Regulatory Concerns Impacting the Formation and Operation of Provider Networks, in Fla. Bar, Networks in Health Care: PHOs, MSOs, Etc. Sept. 1996
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Credentialing Liability and the Managed Care Organization, in Tort and Ins. Practice Sect., Am. Bar Association, Liability Issues in Managed Care: A Guide for Litigators, Corporate Counsel and Risk Managers, May 1996
  • G. Indest, New Year Brings Radical Restrictions on Lobbying Efforts for Some Hospitals: Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, Hosp. News & Fla. Health Care Rep., Feb. 1996
  • G. Indest, Physicians in Group Practices to Feel Impact of Stark I Regulations, Hosp. News & Fla. Health Care Rep. 29, Dec. 1995
  • G. Indest, Medico-Legal Issues in Detecting and Proving the Sexual Abuse of Children, 15 J. Sex & Marital Therapy 141-60, Summer, 1989
  • G. Indest, Legal Aspects of HCFA's Decision to Allow Recovery from Children for Medicaid Benefits Delivered to their Parents through State Financial Responsibility Statutes, 28 Soc.Sec.Rep.Ser. 3, West 1990
  • G. Indest, Medico-Legal Issues in Detecting and Proving the Sexual Abuse of Children, in Legal Medicine 1990 31-52, C. H. Wecht ed. 1991
  • G. Indest, Handbook for Conducting Investigations Involving Allegations of Medical Negligence Naval Medical Command, Mid-Atlantic Region, Norfolk, Virg., Sept. 1989
  • G. Indest, Legal Aspects of HCFA's Decision to Allow Recovery from Children for Medicaid Benefits Delivered to their Parents through State Financial Responsibility Statutes, 15 S.U.L. Rev. Southern University Law Review, 225-352, 1988
  • G. Indest, Investigator's Handbook for Vehicle Accidents and other Nonmedical Incidents in Medical and Dental Treatment Facilities, Naval Medical Command, Mid-Atlantic Region, Norfolk, Virg., Aug. 1989
  • G. Indest, The Florida Nursing Law Manual, The Health Law Foundation, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law, University of St. Francis Graduate School
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law, Webster University Graduate College
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law, Barry University School of Law

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • A Florida pharmacist whose license was revoked by the Florida Board of Pharmacy won a reversal because of an appeal filed by Attorneys George F. Indest III, Lance O. Leider and Michael L. Smith of The Health Law Firm. Mr. Indest, a board certified health law attorney, is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, with offices in Central Florida and Colorado. During the April 2012, Florida Board of Pharmacy meeting, the Board voted to revoke the pharmacist’s license to practice despite him not being in attendance at the meeting. Mr. Indest and his team at The Health Law Firm were brought on to assist the pharmacist in appealing the Board’s decision. On appeal, in response to a brief filed by The Heath Law Firm, the Department of Health (DOH) properly conceded that the order must be reversed, and the matter remanded for a new hearing, because the Board failed to properly notify the pharmacist of the hearing. , 2013
  • Attorney George F. Indest III of The Health Law Firm recently assisted a North Carolina Medicaid provider in reducing a $1.4 million overpayment demand made by the North Carolina Medicaid Program by over 98%. Mr. Indest, a board certified health law attorney, is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, with offices in Orlando, Florida. In June 2012, the Public Consulting Group (PCG), which was under contract with the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance (DMA), conducted a post-payment review and audit of Medicaid claims submitted by the provider. PCG reviewed 107 sample claims from the provider and found an error rate of 7.48%. Using a mathematical extrapolation formula, PCG estimated the provider needed to repay Medicaid more than$1,144,000. Mr. Indest and his team at The Health Law Firm were brought on to assist the provider in challenging the initial audit. They assembled and submitted documents to the auditor and assisted the client in presenting evidence at the hearing. The final result of the hearing, as documented in a decision in October 2012, reduced the Medicaid overpayment amount to just $24,083., 2012

Educational Background:

  • National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., LL.M., With Highest honors, 1986
  • M.P.A., University of West Florida, 1982
  • Tulane University, B.A.
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