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Healthcare Litigation

We have made major contributions to the development of California healthcare law in both state and federal appellate courts. We regularly represent physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare practitioners in appeals concerning professional liability, elder abuse, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), peer review, and medical staff privileges. We have participated in every California Supreme Court case upholding various aspects of the historic MICRA legislation against constitutional attacks, and we have participated in nearly all of the California Supreme Court healthcare cases decided in recent decades.

In addition to handling appeals, we publish the MICRA Manual, which has been cited in opinions deciding MICRA issues, and is widely used by healthcare attorneys throughout the state. We have also published a manual on Evidence Code section 1157, the statute protecting the confidentiality of healthcare peer review proceedings.

Contact H. Thomas Watson or Peder K. Batalden for more information about our Healthcare practice.

Representative Wins

Representative Briefs

  • El Attar v. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (2012)

    California Supreme Court brief successfully arguing that hospital’s governing board was permitted to initiate peer review proceedings regarding the competency of a physician to hold medical staff privileges, by selecting medical staff physician reviewers and a hearing officer after the medical staff itself declined to do so.

  • Mileikowsky v. West Hills Hospital Medical Center (2008)

    California Supreme Court brief addressing whether terminating sanctions can properly be issued in medical staff peer review proceedings when physician violates hearing officer’s discovery orders.

  • Van Buren v. Evans (2008)

    Amicus brief in the California Court of Appeal, defending the $250,000 limit on noneconomic damages in the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) against new constitutional attacks.