Josh Belinfante

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Josh Belinfante represents clients in commercial and administrative disputes, and he is one of Georgia’s most knowledgeable on questions of government regulation and policy. He represents numerous clients in regulated industries, including those involved with healthcare, gaming, government, and land use.

Josh brings to bear his experience in all three branches of government, having served as the Executive Counsel or Chief Legal Advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia’s 81st Governor (2007-2009), Legal Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee (2006), and Law Clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson of the Eleventh Circuit (2004-2005).

The State of Georgia has selected Josh to represent it in numerous high stakes cases against the United States Department of Justice, and in a dismissed class action against Georgia’s Medicaid program. Leading several arbitrations a year, Josh also represents a significant number of clients in commercial disputes and arbitrations involving questions of business torts and breach of fiduciary duties.

Outside of litigation, Josh also represents elected officials’ campaign committees, including one for a United States Senator David Perdue, congressional candidates, and various state political action committees. He also advises many clients on compliance and licensure issues before state and federal agencies.

Josh has particular experience in appellate matters, where he is frequently asked to write amicus brief on behalf of some of Georgia’s largest and most significant associations. But, Josh’s work is not limited to courts. He has specific experience drafting laws governing Certificate of Need, gaming, the Georgia Lottery, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, and eminent domain.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle described Josh as the “go-to guy for Georgia healthcare policy and legislation.” In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Josh one of the 40 Under 40 of Atlanta’s Rising and Business Leaders. In 2010, The Fulton County Daily Report named Josh one of 10 attorneys “On the Rise,” and Georgia Trend named him one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite.” Atlanta Magazine named Josh a “Super Lawyer” since 2015, and it frequently named him a Georgia “Rising Star Super Lawyer.” James Magazine has repeatedly identified Josh as one of the “Best Lawyers in Georgia.”

Josh serves on the University of Georgia Law School Alumni Council, the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society, and he is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2012), Leadership Sandy Springs (2015), and the Coverdell Leadership Institute (2007).

Josh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia School of Law. He also taught high school at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Education

  • JD, cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1999

Clerkship

  • The Honorable Judge J.L. Edmondson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Bar Memberships

  • Georgia

Representative Cases

  • City of Dunwoody v. Discovery Practice Management, Inc., No. A16A0058, 2016 WL 3865868 (Ga. Ct. App. July 14, 2016), affirming superior court’s decision to reverse municipal zoning board of appeals after concluding that it acted outside its authority to hear challenge to client’s proposed use of residential property.
  • Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities v. United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, 298 Ga. 779 (2016), unanimously reversing Court of Appeals decision and reinstating Superior Court’s order dismissing putative class action of Medicaid providers and beneficiaries seeking hundreds of millions of dollars based on theories involving constitutional law, federal Medicaid regulations, and state law.
  • Gebrekidan v. City of Clarkston, 298 Ga. 651 (2016), unanimously reversing Superior Court order that would have allowed the City of Clarkston to ban coin operated amusement machines from establishments with retail alcohol licenses (representing Amicus Georgia Amusement and Music Operators’ Association).
  • All Star, Inc. v. Georgia Atlanta Amusements, Georgia Court of Appeals (2015); reversing superior court decision that 2013 legislation invalidated contracts in regulated industry.
  • Hausmann v. Ferdinand, Georgia Court of Appeals (2015); affirming summary judgment that Fulton County Commissioner could proceed against Tax Commissioner on retaliation claims.
  • LabMD v. Savera, Georgia Court of Appeals (2015); finding trial court abused its discretion when awarding attorneys’ fees without setting off amounts paid by insurance and prior settlement (did not serve as trial counsel).
  • United States v. Georgia, Northern District of Georgia; challenge to Georgia’s behavioral health delivery system, settled on favorable terms to Georgia
  • In re: Physician, Georgia Composite Medical Board; physician threatened with suspension of license and $10,000 fine, settled for private reprimand and $2,500
  • In re: Judge, Judicial Qualification Commission; judge threatened with never being permitted to serve in a judicial capacity again, case dismissed
  • Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc., v. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, 310 Ga.App. 487, 714 S.E.2d 71 (2011) (reversing trial court’s denial of Certificate of Need under new law)
  • Gwinnett County School District v. Cox, 289 Ga. 265, 710 S.E.2d 773 (2011) (striking Georgia’s charter school law) (brief for Amicus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce)
  • Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority v. Reliance Trust Co., 270 Ga.App. 822, 608 S.E.2d 272 (2004) (upholding summary judgment and rejecting new cause of action against healthcare professionals)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • The Future of Georgia Medicaid, Young Professionals in Healthcare (2012)
  • State Regulation of Healthcare, Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (2011, 2012)
  • Ethics & Political Leadership, Republican Leadership for Georgia, (2010-2012)
  • Mandatory Medical Malpractice Review Panels, Heritage Foundation & Georgia Public Policy Foundation, January 2011
  • The Law of Ethics, Georgia Senate Majority Caucus, February 2011
  • United States v. Georgia: Legislative Responsibilities, Biennial Institute, November 2010
  • “The Shield Remains: The Peer Review Privilege in Georgia,” The Georgia Bar Journal, January 2006
  • “To Dismiss or Not to Dismiss, Partial Motions to Dismiss,” The Federal Lawyer, Winter 2006.
  • “Campaign Finance After McConnell,” Republican National Lawyers Association Newsletter, Winter 2003.

Government Service

  • Special Assistant Attorney General, United Cerebral Policy, et al. v. State of Georgia (class action involving Georgia Medicaid program); 2014 – ongoing.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Florida v. Sibelius (challenge to PPACA); 2010-2012
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, United States v. Georgia (challenge to Georgia’s behavioral health delivery system); 2009 – ongoing
  • Commissioner, Sandy Springs Charter Review Commission, 2011
  • Board Member, Medical College of Georgia Health System, Chairman of Audit Committee, 2010-2011
  • Vice Chairman, Georgia Campaign Finance and Transparency Commission, 2010-2011
  • Executive Counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, 2007-2009
  • Legal Counsel, Georgia House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, 2006

Memberships

  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Law & Judiciary Committee
  • Pace Academy Alumni Association, President
  • The Federalist Society, Member of the Board of the Atlanta Chapter
  • Will’s Club of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • To Remember, an organization dedicated to ending Alzheimer’s Disease

Josh Belinfante

Attorney Bio
BACK

Josh Belinfante represents clients in commercial and administrative disputes, and he is one of Georgia’s most knowledgeable on questions of government regulation and policy. He represents numerous clients in regulated industries, including those involved with healthcare, gaming, government, and land use.

Josh brings to bear his experience in all three branches of government, having served as the Executive Counsel or Chief Legal Advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia’s 81st Governor (2007-2009), Legal Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee (2006), and Law Clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson of the Eleventh Circuit (2004-2005).

The State of Georgia has selected Josh to represent it in numerous high stakes cases against the United States Department of Justice, and in a dismissed class action against Georgia’s Medicaid program. Leading several arbitrations a year, Josh also represents a significant number of clients in commercial disputes and arbitrations involving questions of business torts and breach of fiduciary duties.

Outside of litigation, Josh also represents elected officials’ campaign committees, including one for a United States Senator David Perdue, congressional candidates, and various state political action committees. He also advises many clients on compliance and licensure issues before state and federal agencies.

Josh has particular experience in appellate matters, where he is frequently asked to write amicus brief on behalf of some of Georgia’s largest and most significant associations. But, Josh’s work is not limited to courts. He has specific experience drafting laws governing Certificate of Need, gaming, the Georgia Lottery, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, and eminent domain.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle described Josh as the “go-to guy for Georgia healthcare policy and legislation.” In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Josh one of the 40 Under 40 of Atlanta’s Rising and Business Leaders. In 2010, The Fulton County Daily Report named Josh one of 10 attorneys “On the Rise,” and Georgia Trend named him one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite.” Atlanta Magazine named Josh a “Super Lawyer” since 2015, and it frequently named him a Georgia “Rising Star Super Lawyer.” James Magazine has repeatedly identified Josh as one of the “Best Lawyers in Georgia.”

Josh serves on the University of Georgia Law School Alumni Council, the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society, and he is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2012), Leadership Sandy Springs (2015), and the Coverdell Leadership Institute (2007).

Josh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia School of Law. He also taught high school at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Education & Memberships

Education

  • JD, cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1999

Clerkship

  • The Honorable Judge J.L. Edmondson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Bar Memberships

  • Georgia
Selected cases & representations

Representative Cases

  • City of Dunwoody v. Discovery Practice Management, Inc., No. A16A0058, 2016 WL 3865868 (Ga. Ct. App. July 14, 2016), affirming superior court’s decision to reverse municipal zoning board of appeals after concluding that it acted outside its authority to hear challenge to client’s proposed use of residential property.
  • Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities v. United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, 298 Ga. 779 (2016), unanimously reversing Court of Appeals decision and reinstating Superior Court’s order dismissing putative class action of Medicaid providers and beneficiaries seeking hundreds of millions of dollars based on theories involving constitutional law, federal Medicaid regulations, and state law.
  • Gebrekidan v. City of Clarkston, 298 Ga. 651 (2016), unanimously reversing Superior Court order that would have allowed the City of Clarkston to ban coin operated amusement machines from establishments with retail alcohol licenses (representing Amicus Georgia Amusement and Music Operators’ Association).
  • All Star, Inc. v. Georgia Atlanta Amusements, Georgia Court of Appeals (2015); reversing superior court decision that 2013 legislation invalidated contracts in regulated industry.
  • Hausmann v. Ferdinand, Georgia Court of Appeals (2015); affirming summary judgment that Fulton County Commissioner could proceed against Tax Commissioner on retaliation claims.
  • LabMD v. Savera, Georgia Court of Appeals (2015); finding trial court abused its discretion when awarding attorneys’ fees without setting off amounts paid by insurance and prior settlement (did not serve as trial counsel).
  • United States v. Georgia, Northern District of Georgia; challenge to Georgia’s behavioral health delivery system, settled on favorable terms to Georgia
  • In re: Physician, Georgia Composite Medical Board; physician threatened with suspension of license and $10,000 fine, settled for private reprimand and $2,500
  • In re: Judge, Judicial Qualification Commission; judge threatened with never being permitted to serve in a judicial capacity again, case dismissed
  • Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc., v. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, 310 Ga.App. 487, 714 S.E.2d 71 (2011) (reversing trial court’s denial of Certificate of Need under new law)
  • Gwinnett County School District v. Cox, 289 Ga. 265, 710 S.E.2d 773 (2011) (striking Georgia’s charter school law) (brief for Amicus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce)
  • Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority v. Reliance Trust Co., 270 Ga.App. 822, 608 S.E.2d 272 (2004) (upholding summary judgment and rejecting new cause of action against healthcare professionals)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • The Future of Georgia Medicaid, Young Professionals in Healthcare (2012)
  • State Regulation of Healthcare, Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (2011, 2012)
  • Ethics & Political Leadership, Republican Leadership for Georgia, (2010-2012)
  • Mandatory Medical Malpractice Review Panels, Heritage Foundation & Georgia Public Policy Foundation, January 2011
  • The Law of Ethics, Georgia Senate Majority Caucus, February 2011
  • United States v. Georgia: Legislative Responsibilities, Biennial Institute, November 2010
  • “The Shield Remains: The Peer Review Privilege in Georgia,” The Georgia Bar Journal, January 2006
  • “To Dismiss or Not to Dismiss, Partial Motions to Dismiss,” The Federal Lawyer, Winter 2006.
  • “Campaign Finance After McConnell,” Republican National Lawyers Association Newsletter, Winter 2003.

Government Service

  • Special Assistant Attorney General, United Cerebral Policy, et al. v. State of Georgia (class action involving Georgia Medicaid program); 2014 – ongoing.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Florida v. Sibelius (challenge to PPACA); 2010-2012
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, United States v. Georgia (challenge to Georgia’s behavioral health delivery system); 2009 – ongoing
  • Commissioner, Sandy Springs Charter Review Commission, 2011
  • Board Member, Medical College of Georgia Health System, Chairman of Audit Committee, 2010-2011
  • Vice Chairman, Georgia Campaign Finance and Transparency Commission, 2010-2011
  • Executive Counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, 2007-2009
  • Legal Counsel, Georgia House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, 2006

Memberships

  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Law & Judiciary Committee
  • Pace Academy Alumni Association, President
  • The Federalist Society, Member of the Board of the Atlanta Chapter
  • Will’s Club of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • To Remember, an organization dedicated to ending Alzheimer’s Disease