The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys ("WSSHA") was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of legal information in the health field.

For additional details about services provided by WSSHA, please see the WSSHA Board of Directors Statement of Support.

Membership in WSSHA is open to all attorneys admitted to practice in the State of Washington who meet any one of the following criteria:  (a) represent or are employed by a provider of healthcare services, (b) teach a healthcare-related area of the law or (c) otherwise practice in, or seek practice in, a healthcare-related area of the law.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please go to the following location to complete your online application and payment:


If you have any difficulty accessing the form or processing your payment, please send an email to wssha.general.operations@gmail.com with your name, company name, company address, email, and telephone number.  


For your information, the WSSHA bylaws and resolutions can be viewed by Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Download WSSHA Bylaws - April 25, 1996, Resolution - April 28, 2006.


Washington Health Law Manual Third Edition

The Third Edition of the Washington Health Law Manual is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys and the Washington State Hospital Association.

Click here to view the Table of Content

Upcoming Events:

Fall Health Law Conference
November 4-5, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hotel Pan Pacific

Job Postings


Davis Wright Tremaine - Health Care Associate Attorney

The Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking a mid to Sr-level associate for its Health Care Practice Group with a minimum of four years’ experience in health law, including health care regulatory matters; reimbursement; fraud and abuse; contracting; privacy/security; innovative payment models, such as ACOs and bundled payment; digital health.

A strong academic background is required as well as excellent legal writing, contract drafting and oral communication skills. Candidates must have a JD, with preference given to candidates with active and good standing membership in the Washington State Bar.

To apply, please upload a cover letter addressed to Kathleen Shaw, Lateral Attorney Recruiting Manager, resume, a copy of your law school transcript, a relevant writing sample, and a list of references to: http://www.dwt.com/Health-Care-Associate-Attorney---Mid-to-Sr-Level-Lateral-Lawyers/


DaVita Medical Group - Assistant General Counsel

The position will be part of an outstanding legal team within DaVita Medical Group.  This individual will help oversee legal support for medical group operations in the Washington region and provide guidance and analysis on a wide variety of operations legal issues facing healthcare entities, most significantly physician and physician-related organizations. The role will provide advice, guidance, and strategic counsel to management on a wide variety of corporate and commercial issues which arise from the day-to-day operations of a growing, complex healthcare organization operating in a heavily-regulated environment. This role will be required to develop and foster relationships across the organization and provide legal support in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

The successful candidate will be part of an outstanding team dedicated to supporting high quality care in a physician-led environment. A member of the DaVita HealthCare Partners legal team and the larger Justice League of DaVita (enterprise legal team), this individual will help drive the Company’s mission and values. The role requires a sophisticated business partner with strong healthcare and business legal experience.

The successful candidate has the opportunity to make a significant contribution within a challenging and rewarding environment in support of DaVita’s profound mission and in pursuit of service excellence.


Professional responsibilities
•Provide advice and counsel on a variety of healthcare business, corporate, and commercial matters with an emphasis on physician, hospital, and health plan relationships.
•Structuring and negotiating business relationships, transactions, and overseeing a wide variety of strategic alliances and business development activities.
•Drafting, reviewing, analyzing, and negotiating contracts, agreements, memoranda and other legal documents to which HCP intends to become a party.
•Resolving business disputes, and if necessary, managing litigation.
•Developing a thorough understanding of and familiarity with the medical group business, its people, markets, facilities, customers, and competitors in order to identify trends and formulate appropriate advice, structures and strategies.
•Establishing a rapport and working relationship with business managers in order to encourage and continue the proactive use of in-house legal counsel.
•Develop and implement standardized templates and processes.
•Work with clients to proactively identify risks and ensure appropriate risk mitigation strategies are in place.
•Juggle and successfully prioritize competing and voluminous work streams simultaneously.
•Work collaboratively with a broad range of people throughout the organization to include developing and maintaining strong working relationships between legal, finance, people services, operations and business development to facilitate a team based approach.
•Understand and be able to translate into “plain English” the legal ramifications of varied legal issues and clearly and succinctly articulate the risks. Provide valuable advice and counsel within the context of the broader business and enterprise level objectives. Work with business to achieve thoughtful, successful and timely results.
•Proactively communicate and manage expectations with multiple stakeholders.
•Perform special assignments or projects as needed.
•Live, uphold and model DaVita’s core values of Service Excellence, Integrity, Team, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Fulfillment and Fun with the ability to demonstrate those positively and proactively in daily performance and communication.


Education / Certifications:
The successful candidate will hold a law degree with strong academic credentials and will have obtained an undergraduate degree from a college or university of recognized standing. The candidate must be licensed in good standing to practice law within Washington or must be eligible for licensure through reciprocity.

Professional qualifications:
•Successful track record of at eight to ten years of diverse healthcare legal experience.
•Experience in the healthcare industry and working with physicians or physician groups. Strong preference for experience working with integrated systems.
•The candidate ideally has a combination of law firm and in-house experience. However, exclusively law firm-trained candidates will be considered with diverse substantive and sophisticated experience.
•Experience in positively and successfully managing relationships with a high energy, diverse group of stakeholders across organizational lines. A thoughtful, articulate and effective communicator who can distill and articulate the important aspects of any legal issue to a wide audience of participants.
•Demonstrated business acumen, including the ability to see the "big picture" as well as the relationship of very detailed and specific legal and business issues.
•High degree of organization and efficiency with demonstrated attention to detail.
•Superior written and verbal communication skills (including presentations).
•Demonstrated accountability and keen ability to meet aggressive timeframes.
•Ability to build credibility quickly and provide strong legal support for complex and challenging business opportunities.

Personal characteristics:
•Commitment to DaVita’s core values of Service Excellence, Integrity, Team, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Fulfillment and Fun with ability to demonstrate those positively and proactively in daily performance and communication.
•There is no “I” in team. Demonstrated ability to function as a strong member of a highly-motivated and integrated team.
•Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills with an acute ability to listen attentively and to communicate effectively throughout all levels of the organization.
•Hands on, efficient and proven ability to “Get [a lot of] Stuff Done” with a bias for action and strong sense of ownership.
•Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage a variety of assignments, and oversee areas of responsibility and prioritize activities in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
•Able to make decisions quickly but also seek guidance when appropriate.
•Professional demeanor and ability to interact with persuasiveness and confidence.
•Able to manage successfully in highly matrixed environment.
•Demonstrated relationship-building skills and ability to be “other-oriented”; ability to appreciate people with different backgrounds and points of view and ability to create an inclusive environment.
•Personal integrity, sound judgment and strong ethics in business and personal conduct.
•Adaptable, comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity.
•A commitment to personal and professional growth and receptivity to feedback.
•Candid and personally secure. Ability and willingness to seek and receive feedback constructively.

Position to be based in Everett, Washington.

Reporting relationship:
This position will report to: General Counsel, DaVita Medical Group or designee


At The Everett Clinic, our purpose is simple — do the right thing—for our patients and each other. This philosophy allows us to recruit the best talent and enjoy a reputation as one of the most innovative and high quality healthcare providers in the country.

Some say we are a medical group, but we like to think we're a large family. Our team cares about our patients and each other. We offer the best in quality care, advanced technologies and quality facilities. Founded in 1924, The Everett Clinic is a nationally recognized, physician led group located outside of Seattle in a naturally beautiful region. We are known for providing high-quality healthcare services while lowering the overall cost of care. Our 500+ specialty and primary providers care for more than 300,000 patients at nine locations throughout Snohomish County.

Please see a complete list of current openings and apply at www.everettclinic.com.

The Everett Clinic offers competitive salary, excellent benefits including a retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, health insurance, flexible work schedules and professional growth opportunities.

Work with the best. Join our Team



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