Crystal Deese, Chair of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, specializes in defending health care providers at their most vulnerable.  She prides herself on minimizing the angst providers experience when dealing with the lawsuits and investigations that are unavoidable for today’s practitioners.  She handles medical malpractice cases and credentialing issues within institutions and before the various licensing Boards.  Ms. Deese also concentrates her practice on HIPAA investigations and manages breaches of all sizes.  She defends lawsuits related to all aspects of health care and privacy in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Crystal has first-chaired the defense of significant medical malpractice trials on behalf of the region’s largest health system and its providers.  She has a proven track record of success and is widely regarded for her courtroom advocacy skills and professionalism.  Crystal’s skills and natural leadership ability, combined with her knowledge of health care, have lead to her invitation to serve as a guest speaker and presenter at regional programs on health care risk management and related issues.  She currently serves on the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the District of Columbia Bar and regularly teaches courses for the Bar.

Ms. Deese received her B.A. from Winthrop University (1993, magna cum laude) and her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law (1996, cum laude).  She is a member of the Bars of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

  • January 2018
    Health Care Providers' Altered Medical Records Results in Attorney's Disbarment

    Delaware Supreme Court Rules on Malpractice Case Concerning Altered Medical Records The Supreme Court of Delaware disbarred a lawyer who had been practicing for more than three decades, with no prior disciplinary record, after he failed to produce the original version of altered medical records and then failed to correct the sworn testimony of the physician and physician’s assistant who altered... Read More >