Missy K. Atwood

Principal


Email Address: matwood@germer-austin.com

Phone: 512.472.0288

Location: Austin Office

Overview

Missy K. Atwood has over 20 years of experience in health law and health care related litigation, including medical malpractice defense, and physician anti-trust claims, credentialing lawsuits, and other litigation involving health care provider clients. She represents hospitals, academic medical institutions, health care insurers, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers (as well as their affiliates) in all aspects of risk/claims management and operational and regulatory compliance. She routinely represents health care clients before their respective licensing and disciplinary boards and agencies. She maintains an active practice advising clients regarding insurance overage issues and disputes.

Missy graduated cum laude from Baylor University in 1988 where she earned a B.A. in speech communication. She received her J.D. in 1991 from Baylor University School of Law, cum laude, where she was also Lead Articles Editor and Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review. Missy is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas. She is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Texas (Member of Health Law and Litigation Sections), Austin Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates and South Texas Society for Healthcare Risk Management. She has been designated a “Texas Super Lawyer” each year since 2007 by Texas Monthly Magazine for her expertise in Health Law – medical malpractice litigation. She is AV rated.

Missy practices in the areas of medical malpractice and health care operational and regulatory compliance (medical staff bylaws, provider credentialing, Joint Commission and Medicare conditions of participation standards, HIPAA/HITECH, EMTALA, nursing and physician peer review, HCQIA fair hearing proceedings, end of life/bioethics, professional licensing and disciplinary proceedings), insurance coverage, general civil litigation and pharmaceutical products liability.

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Professional Background

  • Joined Germer Beaman & Brown in 2004

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 1984
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Professional Certifications

  • Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Personal Injury Trial Law

Education

  • Baylor University Law School
    • Juris Doctor, cum laude – 1991
    • Baylor Law Review
      • Lead Articles Editor,
      • Notes and Comments Editor
    • Teaching Assistant – Health Law Curriculum
  • Baylor University
    •  Bachelor of Arts, cum laude – Speech Communication with Minor in Latin Studies – 1988

Recognitions and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® PreeminentTM 5.0 out of 5
  • “Texas Super Lawyer” as published in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2007-2013, Medical Malpractice, Health Law
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  •  State Bar of Texas
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Healthcare Law Section
    • Insurance Section
  • South Texas Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Representative Experience

  • Representative Clients Include:
    • Health Care Indemnity, Inc.
    • Pacific Specialty Insurance Company
    • Scott & White Healthcare System
    • St. David’s Foundation
    • St. David’s Healthcare Partnership, L.P., LLP
    • Westlake Medical Center

Civic Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Dripping Springs Library District (governmental taxing district) 1997 – present
  • South Austin Hospital,
    • Board of Trustees – 2005 to present
  • North Austin Medical Center,
    • Ethics Committee – 2004 to present

Beaumont:

GERMER PLLC
550 Fannin, Suite 400
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Ph: 409.654.6700
Fax: 409.835.2115
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Austin:

GERMER BEAMAN & BROWN PLLC
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1700
Austin, Texas 78701
Ph: 512.472.0288
Fax: 512.472.0721
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Houston:

GERMER PLLC
America Tower, 2929 Allen Parkway,
Suite 2900, Houston, TX 77019
Ph: 713.650.1313
Fax: 713.739.7420
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