Medical Malpractice & Health Care Litigation

The attorneys in the medical professional liability practice healthcare group represent health care professionals and institutions in the highest exposure, most complex medical liability cases.

Nationally Recognized Health Care Litigation Practice
The attorneys in MRC’s medical liability practice group represent health care professionals and institutions in the highest exposure, most complex medical liability cases. For nearly a decade, Moran Reeves Conn has been named a Metropolitan Best Law Firm for Medical Malpractice Defense by U. S. News and World Report. Our attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Super Lawyers and the Virginia Business Legal Elite.

As well, among her other honors, practice chair Kathleen M. McCauley was awarded the VADA/VTLA 2020 Civility and Professionalism Award by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the very lawyers who represent plaintiffs against our clients. Further, she is a Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), a Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.

COVID-19 brought forth changes in the law and to the health care litigation landscape. We have kept abreast of the law both during and since the pandemic. We serve as COVID defense counsel for several clients that have faced potential liability as employers, business owners, corrections institutions, health care providers, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living communities.


Defense of Medical Malpractice Actions

The Firm’s experience covers the spectrum in health care. We have represented medical professionals, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, correctional health care companies, clinical laboratories, medical schools, and academic medical centers in hundreds of high stakes cases. In fact, we have secured defense verdicts in cases in which plaintiffs have sought millions of dollars.

Cases have involved a variety of medical negligence allegations, including failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis; medication, nursing, surgical and post-operative errors; diagnostic and pathological interpretation; wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, and permanent disability; and deliberate indifference to serious medical needs.

We serve providers of all specialties from obstetrics and neonatology to geriatrics and long-term care. Whether you practice preventive medicine or provide critical care to the most complex patients, we defend the medicine and the provider. We have represented professionals in all areas of specialized pediatric, adult and surgical care, and in all settings from the level 1 trauma center to the local correctional facility and beyond.
We have represented nurses, mid-level providers, physicians, surgeons, ophthalmologists, dentists, pathologists, radiologists, and behavioral health professionals. Acknowledging that our clients have different needs, we meet each provider where they are geographically, personally and professionally.

Our attorneys are supported by knowledgeable nurse paralegals who conduct research, obtain and organize medical records, and facilitate expert witness reviews.

Administrative and Licensing Matters
We represent medical providers not only in civil actions but also in administrative matters, including before the various professional boards within the Virginia Department of Health Professions. These matters include DHP complaints, compliance issues, investigations, and hearings.

As well, we represent our clients before various agencies in the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Health. We have also have assisted institutional clients with internal and external investigations and in managing public relations matters on the broadest scale.

Risk Management
Risk prevention and risk management are key aspects of our practice. Our attorneys represent hospitals, health care systems, academic medical centers, insurers, and self-insured entities in a variety of insurance, risk management, quality assurance, clinical ethics, and claims handling issues. Among the services provided are human resource and health care risk management, issuing coverage opinions, participation on ethics committees, and assistance in developing internal policies, procedures, and protocols.

Business Counsel
Our health care, business and real estate attorneys are frequently involved on our clients’ behalf in the internal issues of physician practices, physician recruitment, physician services agreements, covenants not to compete, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, stock purchase agreements, deferred compensation arrangements, office leasing and space planning.  We serve as general counsel for some of our health care clients as well, both compensated and pro bono.

Hospital liability issues such as consent, patient care and treatment decisions, and discharge planning are handled by our health care attorneys with sensitivity and successful outcomes. Our attorneys also advise and assist in other complex situations that arise in the delivery of health care, such as the appointment of guardians, custody disputes and judicial authorization for treatment. We frequently assist our clients with complicated HIPAA and other confidentiality issues, along with EMTALA and the other regulatory requirements our clients are face daily.