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Christy Tosh Crider

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Nashville
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Christy Tosh Crider is chair of the Firm's Health Care Litigation Group and Women's Initiative, and head of the Firm's Long Term Care Group.

Featured Experience

Provided advice on post-trial and appeal issues in a long term care punitive damages case involving an eight-figure verdict.

Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Supreme Court on an issue of first impression involving whether the existence of a durable power of attorney lifts the tolling of the statute of limitations for an incompetent resident.

Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and won an issue of first impression for long term care providers: whether the Tennessee Adult Protection Act applies to negligent care lawsuits filed against long term care providers which should fall within the scope of the Medical Malpractice Act.

Professional Biography

Overview

Christy concentrates her practice in health care litigation, managing the litigation of numerous health care facilities around the country as well as serving as outside general counsel. She represents the Organ Procurement Organizations and tissue banks in several states, long term care providers around the country, one of the largest behavioral health companies in the country, onsite health centers, and many health care related organizations.

She provides counsel to health care companies on quality assurance, corporate compliance, general business advice and litigation avoidance challenging survey citations, and government investigations.

Representative Matters
  • Resolved successfully a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act by the Department of Justice for substandard care for a long term care provider after multi-day evidentiary hearing.

  • Tried successfully one of the only cases presented to the United Network for Organ Sharing governing body for an Organ Procurement Organization in New Mexico, securing reversal of an adverse action.

  • Provided advice on post-trial and appeal issues in a long term care punitive damages case involving an eight-figure verdict.
  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Supreme Court on an issue of first impression involving whether the existence of a durable power of attorney lifts the tolling of the statute of limitations for an incompetent resident.

  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and won an issue of first impression for long term care providers: whether the Tennessee Adult Protection Act applies to negligent care lawsuits filed against long term care providers which should fall within the scope of the Medical Malpractice Act.
  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals on an issue of first impression for long term care providers concerning the authority of a relative of a long term care resident to enter into an arbitration agreement on the resident's behalf.

  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals on an issue of first impression for long term care providers: whether a mandatory arbitration agreement with a 30-day revocation clause is a contract of adhesion, and whether a provision allowing the nursing home to sue in court for collection actions makes the arbitration agreement unconscionable.
  • Tried to a successful jury verdict the first long term care wrongful death case to go to verdict in more than a decade, for one of the largest privately owned nursing home chains in the country.

  • Achieved a full defense verdict in the second long term care medical malpractice case ever to go to arbitration in Tennessee.
  • Achieved a successful settlement during the defendant's proof in the fourth long term care medical malpractice case ever to go to arbitration in Tennessee.
  • Successfully negotiated with a major national television network to remove incorrect and misleading pieces of a story before it aired for a tissue bank.

  • Successfully compelled to arbitration and dismissed from court several long term care wrongful death cases.
  • Won summary judgment in an apartment fire case.
  • Obtained the dismissal of all counts against long term care providers, except medical malpractice, in many wrongful death cases.
  • Successfully defended a wrongful death Dram Shop Act case.
  • Drafted arbitration agreements for dozens of long term care facilities and trained the facilities on how to use them.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Litigation (2018, 2019) 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2019 Nashville Health Care Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recipient – A Great Place to Work® For All Leadership Award by FORTUNE magazine (2018)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Health Care (2013 – 2017); listed as among the top 50 female attorneys in the Mid-South (2016); listed as among the top 50 attorneys in Nashville and top 100 attorneys in Tennessee (2016) 
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2008 – 2012)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Finalist – Chambers USA 2015 Women in Law Awards Outstanding Achievement Award (Private Practice) 
  • Named as one of the "2015 Women to Watch" by The Nashville Medical News
  • Recipient – 2013 Women of Influence Award, Nashville Business Journal
  • Featured on the cover of the Nashville Medical News, In Charge Magazine (January 2013)
  • Finalist, Law Category – 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards
  • Named "Top 40 Professional in Tennessee Under 40," Nashville Business Journal (2011)
  • Named "Health Care Hero Champion," Nashville Business Journal (2011)  
  • Named "Health Care 100" in Middle Tennessee, Nashville Business Journal (2004 – 2006)
  • Member – Nashville, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and American Bar Associations
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care Section
  • Best Oralist – Vanderbilt National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
  • Best Oralist – University of Arkansas Fall and Spring Moot Court Competition
  • Chair – University of Arkansas Trial Advocacy Team
  • Outstanding Graduate in Appellate Advocacy – University of Arkansas
  • Associate Member – Tennessee Health Care Association (2005 – present)
  • Chair – Baker Donelson's Women's Initiative (2014 – present)
  • Marketing Chair – Baker Donelson's Women's Initiative (2008 – 2014)
  • Chair – Nashville Charitable Contributions Committee (2007 – present)
  • Member – Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) Vendor Committee
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Keeping Problematic Families From Negatively Impacting Care," Tennessee Health Care Association Annual Meeting (August 2018)
  • "DOJ Investigations Under the Elder Justice Task Force," THCA/TNCAL Convention (August 2017)
  • "The Importance of Setting Realistic Expectations with Families," THCA/TNCAL Convention (August 2017)
  • "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Best Practices for Partnering with Hospice Providers," 2016 Long Term Care Symposium (November 2016)
  • "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue: What Every Provider Needs to Know About DOJ Investigations Under the Elder Justice Task Force," 2016 Long Term Care Symposium (November 2016)
  • "Why You Gotta Be So Mean? – Plaintiffs' Counsel Panel" (November 2016)
  • "Mentoring Women: Is It Different?," ABA Health Law Litigation and Woman Advocate Committees Roundtable (January 2016)
  • Panelist – "2015 Tennessee Health Care Association Annual Convention" (August 2015)
  • "Tips to Lower Your Long Term Care Litigation Costs," Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities' 2014 Quality Summit (April 2014)
  • Panelist – "In-House Think Tank Session I: Proactively Spotting Costly Litigation Red Flags and Managing Pre-Suit Challenges," ACI's Third Annual Forum on Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, Florida (January 2014)
  • "Setting Realistic Expectations and Arbitration Agreements," Elmcroft Senior Living's annual meeting (March 2013)
  • Moderator – "Proactively Spotting Costly Litigation Red Flags and Managing Pre-Suit Challenges," American Conference Institute's 3rd Annual Forum on Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, Florida (January 2013)
  • "Time Management," Tennessee Bar Association Law Practice Management CLE (October 2012)
  • "Stress & Time Management," Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) panel session, Vanderbilt University Law School (October 2012)
  • "The Ethics of Tennessee Tort Reform," Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys (January 2012)
  • "Get Paid for Care: Fighting Medicare Program Audits," The Tennessee Health Care Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living Annual Convention and Trade Show, Nashville, Tennessee (August 2011)
  • "Big Survey Fines: Appeal or Pay," The Tennessee Health Care Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living Annual Convention and Trade Show , Nashville, Tennessee (August 2011)
  • "Assisted Living Resident Service Agreement, Protecting Your Facility While Providing Quality Care," Tennessee Health Care Association (May 2011)
Press Releases

Education

  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 1996, with honors
  • Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., 1993, cum laude

Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2012
  • Tennessee, 1997
  • Arkansas, 1996

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