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Mary H. Spillane

Mary Spillane’s practice emphasizes state and federal appeals in civil cases, medical malpractice and products liability defense litigation, and healthcare law. Mary has substantial experience advising healthcare clients on peer review, credentialing, quality assurance, risk management, fraud and abuse, self-referral, antitrust, and healthcare reform issues.

Practice

  • ‍Appellate Representation in State and Federal Courts
  • Medical Professional Liability Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Healthcare Risk Management
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • Medical Staff, Peer Review, Privileging/Credentialing
  • Regulatory Reform and Compliance

Representative Cases

  • Fergen v. Sestero, 182 Wn.2d 794 (2015)
  • Ockletree v. Franciscan Health Sys., 179 W.2d 769 (2014)
  • Ambach v. French, 167 Wn.2d 167 (2009)
  • Chadwick Farms Homeowners’ Ass’n v. FHC LLC, 166 Wn.2d 178 (2009)
  • Stewart-Graves v. Vaughn, 162 Wn.2d 115 (2007)
  • Coppernoll v. Reed, 155 Wn.2d 290 (2005)
  • Estate of Otani v. Broudy, 151 Wn.2d 750 (2004)
  • Breckenridge v. Valley Gen. Hosp., 150 Wn.2d 197 (2003)
  • Washington State Phys. Ins. Exch. & Ass’n v. Fisons Corp., 122 Wn.2d 299 (1993)
  • Shorter v. Drury, 103 Wn.2d 605 (1985)
  • Obtained defense verdict for hospital and members of its medical staff in privileging
  • dispute brought by surgeon whose hospital privileges had been summarily suspended

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1981
    - Editor in Chief, Law Review
    - Eloise Baird Boldt Scholar
  • University of Florida, B.S. Physical Therapy, with high honors, 1973
    - Phi Kappa Phi

Admitted to Practice

  • ‍Washington State
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Professional Experience

  • ‍Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Owner/Principal, 2015 – Present
  • Williams Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, 1981 – 2015

Professional Memberships

  • ‍American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
    - President, 1994-1995
    - Vice President, 1993-1994
    - Secretary, 1992-1993
    - Treasurer, 199 -1992
    - Trustee, 1990-1991
    - Editor, The Defense Press, 1988-1992
  • Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, 1995 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
    - Health Law Section
    - Litigation Section
  • King County Bar Association
    - Appellate Section
    - Medical Legal Committee, 1988-1990
  • American Bar Association
    - Health Law Section
    - Litigation Section
    - Appellate Section
  • Defense Research Institute
    - Appellate Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
    - Fraud & Abuse Practice Group
    - Hospitals & Health Systems Practice Group
    - Physicians & Physician Organizations Practice Group
    - Medical Staff Practice Group
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Washington Appellate Lawyers Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Foundation for Washington State Courts
    - Treasurer
    - Past President
  •  Washington Courts Historical Society
    - President

Honors & Awards

  • Top 10 Washington Super Lawyers List, 2017-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2007 – Present, in the areas of Appellate Law and Health Care Law
  • Super Lawyers, 2001 – Present, by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers, 2011 to Present
  • Top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyers, 2003 – Present
  • Recognized by the Seattle Met magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in health care since 2011,
  • a designation based upon Martindale-Hubbell’s ranking of those practitioners in King County who have been judged by their peers to be “AV Preeminent”—the highest peer- review rating available.

Community Involvement

Lecturer, 2015 Medical Malpractice Update, Spring Health Law Conference, Sponsored by Washington Society of Healthcare Attorneys, 2015.

Lecturer, Washington Health Care Litigation – The Year in Review, Health Law Section’s Annual Seminar on Critical Issues in Health Care, Sponsored by Washington State Bar Association, 2013.

Lecturer, 2013 Medical Malpractice Update, 29th Annual Risk Management Conference, Sponsored by WHCRMS, 2013.

Lecturer, 2013 Medical Malpractice Update, Hospital & Health Law Seminar, Sponsored by Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, 2013.

Mary H. Spillane
Principal/Owner
Office:
Direct:
FAIN ANDERSON VANDERHOEF ROSENDAHL O'HALLORAN SPILLANE PLLC

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