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Amanda K. Thorsvig


Amanda leads the appellate team at FAVROS |Law, providing appellate representation in state and federal court to medical professionals and healthcare institutions. Amanda’s work helps ensure that favorable trial court decisions stand when challenged in the courts of appeals and supreme court, and seeks to overturn unfavorable, incorrect trial court rulings, in an effort to not only benefit individual clients but create pro-healthcare legal precedent. In addition to her appellate practice, Amanda has successfully defended Washington and Idaho healthcare providers in litigation, through licensing and disciplinary actions, and advises providers on unique risk management-related issues.

Amanda operates a remote office in Boise, Idaho.

Practice

  • Idaho and Washington Medical Professional Liability Defense
  • Appellate Representation in State and Federal Court
  • Hospital Premises Liability
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • Healthcare Risk Management

Representative Cases

  • Successfully defeated a challenge in the Court of Appeals to legal precedent requiring a plaintiff claiming lost chance of a better outcome to produce expert medical testimony on the percentage lost chance that the plaintiff alleged the defendant’s actions caused.
  • Won appellate decision affirming summary judgment dismissal of hospital in premises liability action for lack of circumstantial evidence that hospital caused or had knowledge of dangerous condition on the premises.
  • Obtained favorable appellate decision affirming summary judgment dismissal of a hospital due to plaintiff’s failure to produce adequate expert testimony, and defeated subsequent petition for supreme court review.
  • Successfully defended appeal of corporation’s dismissal because corporation owed no duty as a health care provider under RCW 7.70.020, and defeated subsequent petition for supreme court review.
  • Obtained favorable appellate decision affirming summary judgment dismissal of a hospital client on the statute of limitations in a medical negligence wrongful death lawsuit, and defeated subsequent petition for supreme court review.
  • Defense verdict on behalf of an anesthesiologist in a lawsuit claiming negligent placement and management of an epidural catheter for postoperative pain control in a patient undergoing a large abdominal surgery for ovarian cancer.
  • Defense verdict in alleged multi-million dollar medical malpractice action regarding failure to diagnose pituitary tumor and resultant acromegaly.
  • Summary judgment dismissal of alleged delay in diagnosing lung cancer lawsuit in federal court based upon contested discovery rule statute of limitations analysis.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, B.A.: Politics, Minor: French, summa cum laude, 2009

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Idaho
  • State of Washington
  • United States District Court - District of Idaho
  • United States District Court - Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Experience

  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Principal, 2022 - Present
  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Associate, 2015 -2021
  • Williams Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, Associate, May 2013 to February 2015
  • Anderton Law Office, Associate, November 2012 - April 2013
  • Law Clerk, April 2011 - November 2012
  • Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, Mental Health Court Rule 9 Intern, Summer 2011
  • Aoki Sakamoto Grant, LLP, Law Clerk, Summer 2010

Professional Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy and Medical Liability & Health Care Law committees
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • King County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
    - Health Law Section Member
    - Litigation Section Member
  • Idaho State Bar Association
    - Health Law Section Member
    - Litigation Section Member
  • Idaho Women Lawyers Member

Publications & Presentations

  • “Liability Implications and Recommendations for Telemedicine.” The Physicians Report, a Physicians Insurance & MedChoice RRG Publication, Fall 2021.
  • “EPIC: Triumphs, Troubles, & Tasks,” Williams Kastner Risk Management Seminar, December 2014.

Community Involvement

  • Water 1st International, Volunteer
  • ‍Idaho Conservation League, Volunteer
Amanda K. Thorsvig
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