Missy K. Atwood has over 20 years of experience in complex civil litigation 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.