Atwood Missy K.

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 complex Civil Litigation Attorney Beaumont Texas and health law. She has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in both State District Courts and Federal Courts, as first chair counsel. She routinely represents clients in a wide variety of complex civil litigation as both lead counsel and local counsel, including high exposure medical malpractice, products liability, anti-trust, commercial, breach of fiduciary duty, and construction litigation.

Missy’s health care-related litigation experience includes medical malpractice defense, 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 (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). Her practice also includes advising clients regarding insurance coverage issues and disputes.

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 member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Texas (Member of Litigation, Health Law and Insurance Sections), Austin Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 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 Litigation – medical malpractice. She is AV rated. 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.

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Professional Background

  • Joined Germer Beaman & Brown in 2004

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 1991
  • 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

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® PreeminentTM 5.0 out of 5
  • “Texas Super Lawyer” as published in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2007-present, Medical Malpractice, Health Law
  • 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:
    • Baylor Scott & White Health
    • Health Care Indemnity, Inc.
    • NIBCO, Inc.
    • Pacific Specialty Insurance Company
    • ProAssurance
    • St. David’s Healthcare Partnership, L.P., LLP
    • Texas Medical Liability Trust
    • Westlake Medical Center

Civic Involvement

  • City of Dripping Springs – Tax increment Reinvestment Zone
    • Board of Directors – 2016 to present
  • Dripping Springs Library District (governmental taxing district)
    • President – 1997 to Present
  • St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
    • Bioethics Committee – 2004 to present
  • St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
    • Advisory Board of Trustees – 2011 to present
  • Sunset Canyon Baptist Church
    • Member
  • Texas Hospital Association
    • Advance Directives Work Group – 2004 to present

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Beaumont, Texas 77701
Ph: 409.654.6700
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GERMER BEAMAN & BROWN PLLC
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Austin, Texas 78701
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