Terri D. Keville

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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South Figueroa Street 865
Los Angeles 90017 CA US

Terri Keville advises health care clients on credentialing, peer review and other medical staff issues, consent (including end-of-life issues), confidentiality (HIPAA and CMIA), emergency care requirements (EMTALA), clinical research, and other operational matters.

Terri concentrates on helping clients avoid and minimize problems and disputes. When litigation cannot be avoided, her litigation practice emphasizes case-dispositive motions and appeals involving hospitals, physician groups, and other health care clients.

Practice Highlights:

  • Advises numerous hospital clients such as Dignity Health and Huntington Hospital on complex peer review and patient-care issues, including dealing with impaired and disruptive practitioners, sexual harassment allegations against medical staff members, clashing medical groups and medical staff factions, and difficult end-of-life decision-making
  • Reviews and revises medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies to keep them in compliance with evolving legal and accreditation standards for multiple health care providers
  • Advises medical staffs on issues relating to credentialing for appointment, reappointment and new privileges for multiple health care providers
  • Defends hospitals, medical staffs, and physician groups against claims by individual physicians for wrongful exclusion that involve complex issues of alleged disability discrimination, substance abuse, peer review duties and procedural rights, and the interplay of those elements with physician employment or partnership agreements

Professional & Community Activities:

  • Vice Chair, Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Interest Group (previously Task Force), 2014 – Health Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member; President, 2004-2005 – California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
  • President, 2008-2012; Board of Directors, 2005-present – Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library
  • Executive Committee, Appellate Courts Section; Past Member and Co-chair, Bioethics Committee, 2000-2002; Member, Healthcare Law Section – Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Oct. 2014-Sept. 2015; Member, Oct. 2011-Sept. 2015 – California State Bar Health Law Committee


  • J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 1992
    • Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review
  • Graduate Studies, Philosophy, California State University, Northridge, 1974
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1972


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