Barbara heads the Health Care practice group and is Chair of the business side practice group. Barbara has been practicing health care law since 1980 and provides valuable expertise to hospitals, health care providers, and insurers dealing with the ever-changing business of health care. Barbara advises health care clients about formation and operation, nonprofit and tax exempt status, governance, federal, state and local regulatory and compliance issues, and business transactions, including joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Her practice includes certificate of need disputes, medical staff and peer review issues, legislation and EMTALA. She is a frequent speaker on health care legal issues.
Prior to joining Riddell Williams in 1993, Barbara was Vice President and General Counsel of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, the largest health maintenance organization in Washington. She is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA).
Education and Admissions
Barbara received her B.A. from Washington State University, summa cum laude, in 1975, and her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1978 as a Root Tilden Scholar. She is admitted to practice in Washington and Wyoming, in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, King County Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
Awards and Recognition
Barbara has been named one of Seattle's "Top Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine, a Super Lawyer® by Washington Law & Politics magazine, and one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers.
Author, "Legal Characteristics of the Health Maintenance Organization", in Health Care Facilities Law (A. Delliger ed. 1991, and Supp. 1992)