Medical Malpractice & Health Care Litigation

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


Nationally Recognized Health Care Litigation Practice
For multiple years, Moran Reeves Conn has been named a first-tier Best Law Firm for Medical Malpractice Defense by U. S. News and World Report. Further, practice chair Kathleen McCauley is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named Best Lawyers’ 2019 Richmond Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Defense. She has also been named to Virginia Super Lawyers and to the Virginia Business Legal Elite in her specialty.

The firm’s experience covers the spectrum of the medical field. We have represented physicians of every clinical specialty, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral health care providers, pharmacists, physical therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, dentists, and other medical specialists.

Defense of Medical Malpractice Actions
The trial attorneys in the Moran Reeves Conn medical defense practice group have represented health care professionals, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, clinic laboratories, medical schools, and academic medical centers in the highest exposure, most complex medical liability 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; and diagnostic and pathological interpretation; and wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, or permanent disability.

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 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, physicians’ employment agreements, covenants not to compete, shareholders’ agreements, stock purchase agreements, deferred compensation arrangements, office leasing and space planning.

Hospital liability issues such as consent, patient care and treatment decisions, and discharge planning are handled frequently 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 appointment of guardians. We frequently assist our clients with complicated HIPAA and other confidentiality issues, along with EMTALA and the other regulatory requirements with which our clients are faced on a daily basis.