N. Kent Smith


Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
500 N. Meridian Street
Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1293

Phone: (317) 977-1419
Fax: (317) 633-4878
Email: ksmith@hallrender.com
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Mr. Smith has represented healthcare clients in False Claims Act cases and other matters for more than three decades. His work involves representation of clients in various types of litigation including commercial transactions, medical staff issues and reimbursement. Mr. Smith represents a number of health care clients that include long-term care facilities, physician practices and hospitals and affiliated entities.

Preparatory Education

  • Valparaiso University, B.S., with high distinction – 1978

Legal Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude – 1981

Admitted to Bar

  • Indiana – 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana – 1981


  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana


  • Board of Directors, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman – 1994-1996; 2005-present
  • Chairman, Litigation Practice Group, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman – 1994-present


  • Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers

Representative FCA cases

United States ex rel. Cosens v. The Baylor University Medical Center, et al., dismissed by the United States District Court, Connecticut, after successful appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Three hospitals in two states were represented in a nation-wide whistleblower case alleging improper use of cardiac devices.

United States ex rel. Gross v. AIDS Alliance, dismissed by the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The institutional review board was represented before the trial court and the court of appeals, in a whistleblower case alleging mismanagement of federal research grants.

United States ex rel. Wilson v. Emergency Medical Associates of Illinois, Inc., dismissed by the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. The defendant faced a whistleblower case alleging Medicare fraud for physician billing in a teaching hospital.

United States ex rel. Herron v. Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group, et al., settled in the Southern District of Indiana. A physician practice and individual physicians were named in a whistleblower case alleging over-billing of evaluation and management codes.


IN Medical Malpractice Act’s Minor’s Statute of Limitations Upheld


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