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Michele C. Atkins

Michele’s practice focuses on defense of complex litigation, including claims of medical and other professional liability. She has represented a wide variety of healthcare providers and has tried their cases before civil juries and professional disciplinary boards.

Practice

  • Medical Professional Liability Defense
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Criminal Defense

Representative Cases

  • ‍Defense verdict for large hospital in medical malpractice lawsuit where the allegation was that hospital staff caused median nerve injury leading to permanent disability.
  • Defense verdict for two trauma surgeons in medical malpractice lawsuit where it was alleged that the surgeons failed to identify a peroneal tendon injury leading to permanent disability.
  • Defense verdict for Public Hospital District in medical malpractice lawsuit where plaintiff/patient suffered traumatic brain injury.
  • Defense verdict for family practice physician in medical malpractice lawsuit where allegation was delayed diagnosis of colon cancer.
  • Multiple successful professional disciplinary board trials where allegations were of sexual and other unprofessional misconduct.
  • Multiple criminal trials.

Education

  • ‍University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, J.D., 1999
  • University College of London, England, Completed program in international law, Summer, 1997
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, B.S., Social Science, 1995

Admitted to Practice

  • ‍Washington State
  • California State
  • United States District Court – Western District of Washington, Eastern District of Washington, Northern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Experience

  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Principal / Owner, 2015 – Present
  • Fain Anderson & VanDerhoef, PLLC, Member, 2009 – 2015
  • Fain Anderson & VanDerhoef, PLLC, Associate, 2002 – 2009
  • McIntyre & Barns, Associate, 2002
  • San Francisco Public Defenders Office, 1999 - 2001

Professional Memberships

  • ‍American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
    - Health Law Section
  • California State Bar Association
  • Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Publications & Presentations

In addition to being asked to be a presenter on a wide-variety of topics in the health care arena, in her “first life” as a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco, Michele was one of four featured attorneys in the PBS documentary, “Presumed Guilty”

Honors & Awards

Named a “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers on five occasions

Michele C. Atkins
Principal/Owner
Office:
Direct:
FAIN ANDERSON VANDERHOEF ROSENDAHL O'HALLORAN SPILLANE PLLC

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