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M. Ann Huckstep

Of Counsel
Health Care

Ann Huckstep joined the firm in 2003 when she helped guide the merger between Lange Simpson, where she had spent her career, and Adams and Reese. She serves as a member of the firm’s Health Care, Real Estate, Corporate/Securities/Mergers and Acquisitions and Economic Development teams. Ann was a point person in the firm’s expansion of the Nashville and Memphis markets and was instrumental in heading up the development of the firm’s health care practice. Ann has also recently served as the Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee and as the Partner in Charge of the Birmingham office.

For more than 25 years, Ann has guided companies in cutting-edge issues in health care, real estate and corporate law. Hospitals, medical service companies, physicians and other health care providers rely on her to provide substantive advice on regulatory compliance, certificate of need, accreditation, business transactions, labor matters, antitrust issues, governance issues, strategic planning and more. In her real estate work, companies rely on Ann’s negotiation skills, strategic planning assistance and her assistance with brokerage, leasing and property management activities. Ann’s corporate clients seek her experience for their strategic, financial and compensation planning.

Her other significant contributions include:

  • Serving as lead counsel for the largest hospital system in Alabama in the sale of its not-for-profit flagship hospital to a major, publicly traded hospital company. Ann then helped guide the hospital system through the tax-exempt, antitrust and regulatory issues in connection with a whole hospital joint venture between the two health care systems for the ultimate ownership and operation of the hospital.
  • Assisting a real estate company in all aspects of the development, financing and leasing of the first new office building in downtown Birmingham in many years.
  • Helping a publicly traded hospital company obtain an Alabama State Health Plan Adjustment for a new hospital in Madison, Alabama. This was a high-profile, hotly-contested case in a “certificate of need” state in which no new hospital adjustment had been approved in many years. It involved a legal battle to the Alabama Supreme Court and alternative strategic solutions, including corporate, real estate, regulatory, legislative and media.
  • Reaching  many  “first female” milestones, including first female Partner at Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville and first female member and later Chair of the Executive Committee of Lange Simpson, a top 10 Alabama Law Firm   

Ann has been listed in Best Lawyers® in Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law since 2005 and also in Alabama/Mid-South Super Lawyers® since 2009. In 2015, Ann was named as a BMetro Magazine "Lifetime Achiever" in the class of “Top Flight Lawyers.” She has been awarded such honors as Birmingham Business Journal's Businesswoman of the Year Award for 2007, and, also in 2007, the Birmingham Bar Association’s “Nina Miglionico: Paving the Way” Leadership Award, given annually to a lawyer who has achieved professional excellence, assisted women lawyers through mentoring, inspired women lawyers through role modeling and provided opportunities for the advancement of women lawyers.  She was also named among the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 10 Businesswomen for 2005.

Of those she admires, Maya Angelou and Kathryn Tucker Windham, a master storyteller, author of 24 books, playwright, accomplished photographer and popular public television and radio personality, top the list. Ann views Ms. Angelou as one of the wisest people on earth and Ms. Windham as the greatest storyteller of our time. 

When Ann isn’t assisting her clients, she enjoys being an international traveler, storyteller, musician, dog lover and loyal friend. She likes to relax with friends at her cabin at nearby Smith Lake and spends time on her 28-foot pontoon boat, the AfterMath, decked out with a bar, a grill, and a palm tree.