Aug 16, 2013


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2013) – Attorney at law Nicole Gardner is taking her namesake company to the next level as a new partner, Heather Skelton, joins the law firm, previously known as Gardner & Hughes. Gardner Skelton will continue to offer clients the same sophisticated service they have grown accustomed to with a continued focus on teamwork, service and value.

Before joining forces with Gardner, Skelton owned her own firm dedicated to assisting medical practices and physicians. Skelton established her law practice to fulfill a need for advice and counsel on the complex regulations and nuances of healthcare. Skelton negotiates reimbursement with payors, assists with federal and state regulatory issues, develops HIPAA and Medicare compliance plans, and drafts and reviews healthcare contracts of all types. In her new role, Skelton will continue to focus on representation of health care providers and other stakeholders in the healthcare industry.

Skelton previously worked in-house at a national managed care organization with commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care products. She graduated with a bachelor of science in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her law degree with honors from Tulane Law School.

Since the beginning of 2013, the firm also has added four attorneys: Jared Gardner, Jerry Jernigan, Jocelyn Hoefling and Mary Bruins. The additions help diversify Gardner Skelton, making the small firm one that continues to deliver big results. The new personnel have unique backgrounds that will further strengthen the firm’s ability to service the full range of client needs, including the areas of commercial litigation, healthcare law, business law, estate planning and employment law.

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About Gardner Skelton
Gardner Skelton is a small law firm delivering big results. More than just legal counsel, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company plays an active role in the business of its clients. Gardner Skelton partners with organizations of all sizes, from entrepreneurs to some of the most recognizable names nationwide. The six lawyer firm has the credentials, skills and experience sophisticated clients demand, coupled with a dedication to teamwork, service and value that is the firm’s hallmark. The firm’s areas of focus include employment law, health care law, business litigation, corporate advice and counsel, estate planning and mediation.


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