Atwood Missy K.

Missy K. Atwood


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Phone: 512.472.0288

Location: Austin Office


Missy K. Atwood has over 20 years of experience in civil litigationhealth 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. She also routinely represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters as both lead counsel and local counsel, including anti-trust, commercial litigation, breach of fiduciary duty, construction, and products liability.

Missy has more tried more than 40 cases to verdict in  both  State District Courts and Federal Courts, as first chair counsel.  She 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 and Health Law 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.

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.

ABOTA super-lawyers AV

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


  • 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


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