Teresa Meinders Burkett

Teresa Meinders Burkett

Conner & Winters, LLP

Recognized since 1995

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law

Health Care Law

Litigation - Health Care

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Privacy and Data Security Law

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Teresa Meinders Burkett was born in Okarche, Oklahoma, and grew up in Norman, graduating from Norman High School in 1977. After graduating from OU's College of Nursing, she worked weekend night shifts as a critical care nurse and attended OU's College of Law during the day. She joined Boone Smith Davis Hurst & Dickman upon graduation from law school and built a successful health law practice there. In 2007, she joined Conner & Winters, LLP, founding and now co-directing the health law practice for this large respected firm.

Ms. Burkett’s law practice is focused primarily in the health care and employment law areas in both litigation and non-litigation matters. She represents a wide array of providers in the health care industry including hospitals, physician groups, nursing homes, hospice organizations, pharmaceutical companies, federally qualified health centers and individual professionals. She counsels and defends these clients in corporate compliance matters, employment issues and litigation, licensure and accreditation issues, third party and Medicare reimbursement, HIPAA compliance and patients’ rights concerns, EMTALA compliance, medical staff issues and operational needs. Ms. Burkett has been a health care lawyer in Tulsa for 28 years after working as a registered nurse in the intensive care setting before and while attending law school. Ms. Burkett is a founding member and past President of the Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association and has also served multiple times as Chairman of the Health Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She has been included in the Health Law Section of Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and is recognized as one of the top 50 Super Lawyers in Oklahoma and one of the top 25 Women Lawyers by Oklahoma Magazine. Ms. Burkett is also ranked as a top health care lawyer by Chambers and Partners, USA. For the past two years, Ms. Burkett has been an honoree as one of Oklahoma’s Women of the Year, a prestigious honor recognizing women making a significant impact professionally and in their communities on behalf of the state of Oklahoma.

Ms. Burkett earned her law degree with honors in 1985 and an undergraduate degree with special distinction in nursing in 1982 from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her work with various professional associations, Teresa is active on the Boards of Directors for Tulsa Community College Foundation, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Land Legacy, and the Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement. She has served in leadership roles with many other organizations including Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals, and recently chaired the Health Care Task Force for the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce for successive years.

Special areas of emphasis: Health care compliance, HIPAA, employment law issues, physician contracts, FQHCs, EMTALA compliance, hospices, public trust authority hospitals, government relations

  • 4100 First Place Tower
    15 East Fifth Street
    Tulsa, OK 74103
  • English
  • Ethnicity: White
  • University of Oklahoma, J.D., with honors, graduated 1985
  • University of Oklahoma, B.S., with special distinction in Nursing, graduated 1982
Bar Admissions
  • Oklahoma, 1985
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Best Lawyers in America, Health Law Section, 1992-Present - Member
  • Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa - Member
  • Land Legacy - Member
  • Leadership Oklahoma - Member
  • Oklahoma Academy of State Goals - Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Health Law Section - Past Chairman
  • Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement - Member
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association - Founding Member & Past President
  • Tulsa Chamber of Commerce - Health Care Task Force - Chair, 2011-2012
  • Tulsa Community College Foundation - Board of Directors
  • Tulsa County Bar Association - Member

Conner & Winters, LLP
Headquarters: Tulsa, Oklahoma

49 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

6 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Health Care Law, Tulsa (2016)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
Special Focus:
  • Compliance
  • Employment
  • Hospitals
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Professional Licensing
  • Co-Author of "Recent Change in the Law Alters Language of Written Consent to Disclose Medical Information," OBJ Vol. 79 No. 33, 12/13/08
  • Recipient 2000 Golden Quill Award by Oklahoma Bar Association for Best Journal Article "Conservation Easements-New Opportunities for 'Doing Well by Doing Good'," 71 Okla. B.J. 1069 (2000)
  • 2010 Journal Record Leadership in Law Award
  • Honoree as one of Oklahoma's Women of the Year, 2011 and 2012
  • Ranked as a Top Health Care Lawyer by Chambers and Partners, USA
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (Health Law) since 1992
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Government Relations Practice

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