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Seven Things To Know When You Receive A Notice Of Investigation From The Department Of Health

George F. Indest III

J.D., M.P.A., LL.M.

George F. Indest III is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, based in Orlando. Mr. Indest is board certified by the Florida Bar in the legal specialty of Health Law. He is also board certified as a health care risk manager by the American Board of Risk Management, Inc. His practice encompasses all aspects of business, corporate, transactional, regulatory and administrative health law practice, and he represents physicians, nurses, hospitals, home health agencies, long term care facilities and other health care providers. His practice also includes the litigation of professional licensing cases and business litigation, defense of health care providers, negotiation of sales of health care practices, Medicare fraud defense and other areas of Health Care Law. He holds an 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.

Mr. Indest served as in-house counsel at one of the Navy’s largest teaching hospitals and was also in charge of the legal and medical risk management programs in the Navy’s largest regional health care system which consisted of twenty-seven major hospitals and treatment facilities. He was on the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar and served as Chair of the Medical/Legal Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Indest received his BA and JD degree, (cum laude), from Tulane University and also was awarded an LL.M. degree (highest honors), from the National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where his course emphasis was in health care law (legal medicine). He is a member of the state bars of Florida, Louisiana and the District of Columbia. Mr. Indest also served as chair of the CLE Committee of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar and was on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit charity nursing home and a number of other charitable organizations.

Prior to entering the civilian practice of law, Mr. Indest served 20 years as an officer in the United States Navy. He began his military career in 1973, commissioned as an officer after graduating from Tulane University’s Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NROTC). He then attended flight school in the Navy’s aviation training program. He received his wings and was designated a naval aviator in 1974. Mr. Indest served as an instructor pilot and an aircraft commander in a helicopter combat support squadron. He was selected for the Navy’s Law Education Program based on superior military performance and academic achievement. After graduating from law school Mr. Indest became a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (J.A.G.) Corps. He served with distinction as a JAG Corps officer, including serving as the Staff Judge Advocate of the U.S.S. Midway (CV-41), one of the Navy’s front line aircraft carriers.

The Navy sent Mr. Indest back to post-graduate law school at The National Law Center, George Washington University, to obtain a specialty in Health Law. He received his master of laws (LL.M.) in 1986. The Navy then assigned Mr. Indest to serve with the Naval Medical Command. The Navy awarded him a post-graduate specialty code in Health Law (P-code) and in International Law (G-code). He served as the Staff Judge Advocate and Command Medico-Legal Officer at Naval Hospital Portsmouth, followed by a tour of duty as Command Judge Advocate for the Naval Medical Command, Mid-Atlantic Region, which was responsible for naval hospitals and dental centers in Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina; Keflavik, Iceland; Puerto Rico; Bermuda; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He also served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Naval Dental Command, East. Mr. Indest served on several different admirals’ staffs, including the Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT), CINCLANT, SACLANT and CNET. While on the staff of CINCLANT Mr. Indest prepared and delivered a major seminar on the Geneva Conventions and the Laws of War to the military Surgeon Generals of the NATO countries.

Mr. Indest retired from military service in 1993. He is a disabled veteran. He is the recipient of a Navy Achievement Medal (with bronze star), Meritorious Service Medal (with bronze star), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star), and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (with bronze star), among other awards and medals. He also has a commercial pilot’s license, instrument rating, in both rotor craft and fixed wing aircraft.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, Mr. Indest entered the civilian practice of law, first as a medical malpractice defense attorney. He then moved to Baker Hostetler, a national law firm, where he was a key member of its Health Law Industry Team. He left that firm to become a named partner in a Central Florida law firm before starting The Health Law Firm in 1999. He has served as President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm since that time.

For additional information on Mr. Indest’s duties in countries outside the U.S., click here.

Mr. Indest has a number of publications to his credit. He teaches and lectures frequently and has served as an adjunct professor in Health Law for Barry University School of Law, Webster University Graduate College and the University of St. Francis Graduate School.

For a list of courts and jurisdictions to which Mr. Indest is admitted click here.

For a list of Mr. Indest’s publications click here.


Mr. Indest was voted “Orlando’s Best Health Care Attorney” in 2002 by Florida Medical Business in its 12th Annual Medical Business Healthcare Awards Program.