Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has recruited two health care partners, Sidney Welch and Lynn Scott, from Arnall Golden Gregory and three associates whom Welch and Scott handpicked from other firms.

The rapidly consolidating world of health care has made Welch’s regulatory expertise and Scott’s transactional experience an effective combination, Welch said, and the move to Kilpatrick adds a “technology twist.”

Welch started out representing doctors and doctors’ groups while Scott is a corporate lawyer who represents emerging growth companies in the biotech, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries and universities in the licensing and commercialization of their work.

The two lawyers started practicing together after Scott joined Arnall Golden three years ago from King & Spalding. Welch joined Arnall Golden in 2007 from Powell Goldstein, now part of Bryan Cave.

Welch said they have worked on some complex projects combining their respective expertise. They are advising the Georgia Department of Community Health on the implementation of a health information network, she said, combining her expertise in HIPPA privacy and other regulatory issues with Scott’s licensing and technology experience.

Clients include doctors’ specialty practices, hospitals and hospital systems, tech companies and providers, such as life sciences companies, Welch said.

They think Kilpatrick’s “unique platform in intellectual property, technology and life sciences” across 19 offices will complement and broaden their practice. “We can provide services to health care-life sciences and health care-technology companies on a national basis, as well as health care providers,” Welch said.

Welch and Scott have recruited three associates they knew who have litigation, regulatory and transactional experience, respectively, to round out their team at Kilpatrick.

Jeremy Burnette, from Troutman Sanders, represents pharmaceutical companies and health care providers in litigation, white-collar criminal defense, administrative law and regulatory matters. Amy McCullough, from James, Bates, Brannan, and Groover, handles health care regulatory matters, such as Medicare and Medicaid compliance, reimbursement and billing. Cindy Acosta came from McGuireWoods’ Chicago office. She handles health care transactions, such as acquisitions, joint ventures, and municipal bond financing, as well as regulatory matters.