W. TUCKER BROWN
Mr. Brown’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of healthcare, antitrust and other complex litigation. Mr. Brown represents a wide array of healthcare clients, including national and state medical associations, physicians, hospitals, surgical centers and other healthcare providers in litigations, including national class actions, arbitrations and other forms of dispute resolution. Much of the focus of Mr. Brown’s practice is representing healthcare providers in disputes with managed care companies and insurers. In addition, Mr. Brown represents non-healthcare clients in a number of commercial disputes in particular those involving antitrust and other trade regulation issues. In 2016, Mr. Brown was named one of Law360’s six “Rising Stars” in Health Law. Mr. Brown was selected as an Alabama Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2012-2019, and Super Lawyer in 2020 and 2021. He was a Mid-South Super Lawyer selection in 2020 and 2021.
Mr. Brown presently represents health care providers in antitrust litigation challenging illegal price fixing, market allocation, boycotts and other anticompetitive schemes in cases including In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, No. 2:13-cv-20000 (MDL 2406)(N.D. Ala.); a regional hospital system against major insurers in arbitration regarding Medicare Advantage plans resulting in settlements to date of over $20 million; an eating disorder treatment center in claims against a national insurer in arbitration for claims involving breach of contract.
Mr. Brown has been involved in numerous noteworthy healthcare and antitrust cases including Kissing Camels Surgery Center, LLC, et al. v. Centura Health Corp., et al., No. 1:12-cv-03012-WJM-NYW (D. Col.), where Mr. Brown led the five-year litigation on behalf of four Colorado surgery centers involving antitrust claims against large hospital groups and insurers for working to exclude those surgery centers from the Colorado market. The Kissing Camels litigation ultimately resulted in successful settlements for each of four Colorado ambulatory surgery centers. Mr. Brown helped lead the litigation efforts in Parsons v. Brighthouse Networks where Whatley Kallas represented a nationwide class in an antitrust action against a cable company for tying. Whatley Kallas helped reached a settlement in that case valued at approximately $91 million dollars in monetary relief and $72 million dollars in injunctive relief. Mr. Brown was part of the trial team in the In re Cox Enterprises Inc. Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation, No. 5:12-ml-02048 (MDL 2048) (W.D. Okla.) case which tried the case through to a Plaintiffs’ verdict, though it was subsequently overturned.
Mr. Brown has been a member of the Alabama Bar since 2004 and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He obtained his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2004 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Order of the Coif. Following law school he served as law clerk to Hon. William M. Acker, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama from 2004 to 2005. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association (Healthcare and Antitrust Sections), and the Birmingham Bar Association. Mr. Brown has served as the President of The Community Kitchens of Birmingham. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama.