Advisory Group of Attorneys
The members of CPPPH Advisory Group of Attorneys volunteer their time to provide the viewpoint of counsel for medical staffs, hospitals, and individual physicians to the work of CPPPH.
Gregory Abrams Esq. served as legal counsel for the California Medical Association for nearly fifteen years, and is the General Counsel for CMA’s quality and accreditation subsidiary, the Institute for Medical Quality. Now in private practice, Mr. Abrams represents hospital medical staffs in all aspects of their operations, in addition to representing individual physicians and other health care providers in peer review and state licensing board matters.
Mary Powers Antoine, Esq. is a partner in the Nossaman law firm. She has spent the last 30 years representing medical staffs and medical groups throughout California working collaboratively with her physician clients in developing and implementing medical staff and medical group bylaws, peer review procedures and fair hearing plans, and in conducting peer review activities. Prior to law school, Ms. Antoine practiced as a registered nurse in the ICUs of UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Hospital San Francisco and UC Davis Medical Center.
Richard Barton, Esq. of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, San Diego. Mr. Barton has represented health care providers and health systems for over 30 years. As trial counsel, Mr. Barton has tried and arbitrated on behalf of health systems, hospitals, physicians groups and individual providers. His litigation career includes over 60 Superior Court jury trials and he has represented clients before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Mr. Barton has been recognized as one of America’s Best Lawyers, San Diego’s Top Lawyers and is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys and a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America.
Shelley A. Carder of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP has extensive experience representing healthcare providers in litigation and administrative proceedings. Areas of experience include: peer review and professional licensing, civil rights, anti-SLAPP, “whistleblower” actions, fraud and abuse, employment, professional contracts, HCQIA, HIPAA and EMTALA. In addition, she has a developing appellate practice in both state and federal courts of appeal. Ms. Carder is also listed as an approved hearing officer on the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys website.
R. Gregory Cochran, Esq. is a partner at Nossaman LLP. He is a physician/healthcare attorney with experience in transactions, regulatory counseling and peer review, licensing administrative law and in legal issues unique to foundations and integrated healthcare delivery systems. His work is informed by more than a decade of experience as an emergency medicine physician, allowing Mr. Cochran the opportunity to offer a deep understanding of the legal issues impacting his clients through first-hand industry experience.
Carlo Coppo is a partner at DiCaro, Coppo & Popcke in San Diego.
Tom Curtis, Esq. of Nossaman LLP, Irvine, has spent 40 years representing clients in the healthcare sector on a wide range of issues including, medical staff peer review proceedings, licensing proceedings, writ proceedings, State and Federal Court civil litigation, and related appellate proceedings; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell attorney.
Long Do, Esq. is Legal Counsel and Director of Litigation for the California Medical Association. He manages activities in the courts and regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels, and works with outside counsel, physician members and other stakeholders to plan and litigate cases that impact physician interests. He also has substantive knowledge in the areas of managed care, health insurance, medical staff governance, and scope of practice.
Terri Keville, Esq. of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Los Angeles, is an expert in health care law, especially peer review, credentialing and other medical staff issues.
Robert Sullivan, Esq. of Nossaman LLP, Sacramento, has practiced healthcare law for more than 40 years, representing many physicians and other healthcare providers in issues regarding substance abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and mental illnesses. Mr. Sullivan has served on a review committee for the Lawyer’s Assistance Program (LAP) of the State Bar of California.
Kimberly S. Ware, Esq. of Nossaman LLP, Sacramento, has over 20 years’ experience advising medical staffs and their members in addressing sensitive physician health issues, including Well-Being Committee functions and how Medical Staffs may assist their colleagues, while protecting patient safety.