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Overview

A healthcare litigator, Christina brings practical knowledge of healthcare finance and operations to her representation of clients.

The baseline of Christina’s advocacy as a healthcare litigator began before she attended law school. As a chief accountant and finance director at a healthcare startup, numerous physician practices, a home health organization and a major for-profit hospital corporation, Christina helped align the details of patient care with proactive compliance, organizational growth and cost efficiency. Christina brings this experience to clients when handling complex healthcare litigation on their behalf.

Christina also served for nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Missouri, representing numerous federal agencies in a wide variety of civil matters including medical malpractice, qui tam actions, employment matters and health care fraud. Most recently, Christina guided the medical school, physician practice of 500+, health sciences college and nursing school of a large private university in her role as in-house counsel.

Clients appreciate Christina’s especially broad understanding of how the law and healthcare intersect. Christina has firsthand knowledge of what clients face regarding regulatory compliance and responding to claims, and she enjoys helping them navigate efficient and cost-effective paths forward.


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Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Woolsack
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal, Executive Board, Managing Editor
  • B.A., University of Missouri
    • Mathematics

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Women's Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis (WLA), Board of Directors, Member at Large, 2020-2021
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court, Barrister Member 2012-2014
  • Federal Bar Association, St. Louis Chapter, Philanthropy Co-Chair
Experience

Litigation

  • Obtained defense verdicts for federal agency regarding healthcare matters.
  • Successfully obtained jury verdict regarding individual physician pursuant to Controlled Substances Act regarding opioid case.
  • Argued before Eighth Circuit of Appeals on behalf of federal workers, achieving zero defense verdicts.

Risk Management and Compliance

  • As in-house counsel for large private university, proactively counseled medical school, physician practice of 500+ providers, health sciences college and nursing school regarding various risk management, privacy, regulatory and transactional issues.
  • As in-house counsel at large private university, reviewed myriad contracts, implementing contract management software system for most efficient, thorough and cost-effective review and approval record retention process.

Government

  • As Assistant U.S. Attorney, handled affirmative and defensive civil litigation involving medical malpractice, torts, employment discrimination, constitutional claims and other various federal statutes, including qui tam cases involving allegations of fraud, particularly health care fraud.

Healthcare Finance

  • As finance director of major for-profit hospital, supervised billing, collections, accounts payable and payroll departments; decreased bad debt expense by 80% from previous year.
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Outside the Office

Christina co-founded a book club in 2002 that’s still going strong.

Eager to read for pleasure after graduating law school, Christina and her female classmates formed a book club that has seen them through career changes, weddings and motherhood. Christina now has two sons and a daughter active in baseball and softball. Christina and her husband also enjoy live music. Mumford & Sons is a favorite, but all the kids have been to at least one Pearl Jam concert with Mom and Dad.

Community Leadership
  • Girls on the Run, Coach

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