Terri Keville

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Terri Keville advises health care clients on credentialing, peer review and other medical staff issues, consent (including end-of-life issues), confidentiality, clinical research, emergency care requirements (EMTALA), and other operational matters. Her litigation practice emphasizes case-dispositive motions and appeals involving hospitals, physician groups and other health care clients. Terri has made new law for California health care organizations in cases involving physician peer review, Medicare and ERISA preemption, and California’s Unfair Competition Law.

Practice Highlights
  • Advise numerous hospital clients such as Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Dignity Health, and Huntington Memorial 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
  • Review and revise medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies to keep them in compliance with evolving legal and accreditation standards for multiple health care providers
  • Advise medical staffs on issues relating to credentialing for appointment, reappointment and new privileges for multiple health care provider
  • Assist medical staffs in addressing clinical and behavioral deficiencies of their members, including by serving as an advocate or hearing officer in peer review hearing proceedings for multiple health care providers
  • Defend 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

Representative Experience

Peer Review and Disciplinary Matters

Ellison v. Sequoia Health Services

Represented hospital board of directors in internal appellate review proceeding that led to termination of a medical staff physician for lying on his application; both the trial court and the court of appeal upheld the hospital board's decision. 183 Cal. App. 4th 1486 (2010)

Connor v. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center*

Obtained dismissal of physician's wrongful peer review lawsuit, and award of attorneys' fees, by prevailing on anti-SLAPP motion. (L.A. Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2008)

Blau v. Northridge Hospital Medical Center*

Prevailed in mandamus action and on appeal by a physician challenging his exclusion from the hospital for disruptive behavior. (Cal. App. 1st Dist. Div. 5 2007)

Blau v. Catholic Healthcare West*

Obtained dismissal of physician's damages action for alleged wrongful exclusion from the defendant hospital, and affirmance on appeal, because the physician had failed to exhaust his internal administrative remedies. (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Div. 1 2003)

Amicus Curiae Representation

Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals

Submitted amicus curiae brief to the California Supreme Court on behalf of three California hospital systems, on whether a physician who has been the subject of adverse action after a completed hospital peer review proceeding must exhaust his/her administrative mandamus remedies and prevail before the doctor can sue the hospital under California’s whistleblower statute for healthcare workers. (2014)

El-Attar v. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

Submitted amicus curiae brief to the California Supreme Court on behalf of healthcare providers in high-profile case concerning the authority of hospital governing boards in peer review matters. The Court decided in favor of the hospital, ruling that the hospital board was authorized to appoint the hearing officer and the judicial review committee. 56 Cal. 4th 976 (2013)

Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc.

Submitted amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of First Amendment rights of marketers and advertisers against Vermont statute requiring "opt-in" for any use of prescriber-identifiable data regarding prescription drug information. The Court held 6-3 that the state cannot restrict commercial speech for being too persuasive. Read the amicus brief. (U.S. 2011)

Mileikowsky v. West Hills Hospital Medical Center

Represented Catholic Healthcare West and Tenet Healthcare as amici curiae in support of West Hills Hospital in California Supreme Court case involving the authority of hearing officers in medical staff peer review hearings. 45 Cal. 4th 1259 (Cal. 2009)

Kibler v. Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District*

Represented Catholic Healthcare West and the Regents of the University of California as amici curiae in support of the hospital district in this California Supreme Court case involving applicability of California's anti-SLAPP law to hospital peer review proceedings; the Supreme Court cited our brief in its opinion holding that the anti-SLAPP statute does protect peer review. 39 Cal. 4th 192 (2006)

Medical Staff of Sharp Memorial Hospital v. Superior Court (Pancoast)*

Represented the California Hospital Association as amicus curiae in support of the hospital in a writ proceeding. The Court of Appeal ordered the trial court to vacate its ruling requiring reinstatement of a medical staff physician, and recognized the hospital's legal authority to summarily suspend the physician based upon potential danger to unidentified patients. 121 Cal. App. 4th 173 (2004)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Professional & Community Activities

  • Vice Chair, Substance Use Disorders 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 
  • Co-chair, Joint Committee on Biomedical Ethics, Los Angeles County Medical Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Appellate Courts Section; Past Member and Co-chair, Bioethics Committee, 2000-2002; Member, Helthcare Law Section – Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California State Bar Health Law Committee 

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Los Angeles' "Lawyer of the Year" in Health Care, 2014
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America," in Health Law by Best Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Named one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in Healthcare (California) by Chambers USA, 2007-2014
  • Selected to "Southern California Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters in Health Care, 2004-2015; in Appellate, 2004-2015; in Business Litigation, 2004-2015
  • Named in Who's Who in America, 2006-present
  • Named in Who's Who in American Law, 2005-2011 
  • Named in Who's Who of American Women, 2007, 2010 


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