Lynn Sessions

Partner

Houston
T 713.646.1352  |  F 713.751.1717

"'Attentive and responsive' Lynn Sessions elicits praise for her practice advice and excellent customer service...[she] maintains a fine track record for her regulatory work."

— Chambers USA 2014

With more than 20 years of working with healthcare industry clients, Lynn Sessions focuses her practice on healthcare operations and regulatory work, with an emphasis on healthcare privacy and data security, breach response, and HIPAA compliance. Having previously served as in-house counsel and director of several departments at a nationally ranked children's hospital, Lynn collaborates closely with healthcare clients and approaches her legal representation from a client's perspective. 

Lynn is a frequent speaker on a range of topics affecting health industry clients, including HIPAA compliance, data breach response, cyber and network security, enterprise risk management, EMTALA, handling adverse patient events and insurance and risk financing. Lynn is also a regular contributor to BakerHostetler's Data Privacy Monitor blog, available at www.dataprivacymonitor.com, as well as the Health Law Update.

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  • Has handled more than 150 healthcare data breaches, including several of the largest breaches reported to date. In her representation, Lynn provides counsel to healthcare providers and other covered entities on breach analysis, breach response, crisis management with patients, media and employees, and regulatory notification obligations to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and state attorneys general.
  • Has responded to more than 30 post-breach investigations from the OCR and state attorneys general arising from large and small data breaches reported by covered entities and has successfully defended healthcare organizations in these investigations.
  • Regularly advises hospitals on Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
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Experience

Privacy and Data Security 
  • Has handled more than 150 healthcare data breaches, including several of the largest breaches reported to date. In her representation, Lynn provides counsel to health care providers and other covered entities on breach analysis, breach response, crisis management with patients, media and employees, and regulatory notification obligations to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and state attorneys general.
  • Has responded to more than 30 post-breach investigations from the OCR and state attorneys general arising from large and small data breaches reported by covered entities and has successfully defended healthcare organizations in these investigations.
  • Advises clients on HIPAA compliance, including preparation of policies and procedures, notice of privacy practices, business associate agreements, and incident response plans. Works with healthcare organizations post-data breach to strengthen safeguards under HIPAA and implementation of corrective action plans.
  • Advises with large non-healthcare employers on HIPAA issues for their self-insured health plans and onsite provider clinics on HIPAA compliance, including policies and procedures, business associate arrangements, and sharing of employee information.  
Operations and Regulatory Practice 
  • Regularly advises hospitals on Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
  • Conducted an audit of a top children’s hospital's risk management department and advised on departmental and operational changes for improved function within the hospital.
  • Develops and enhances credentialing and peer review processes for hospitals and physician groups.
  • Advises hospitals and large physician practices on informed consent, release of information patient information, affiliation agreements, and privileging of peer review and quality review activities. 

Recognitions

  • Sessions, LynnChambers USA: Healthcare in Texas (2014)
  • Burton Award: Distinguished Writing Award for "Anatomy of Healthcare Data Breach" (2013)
  • American Leadership Forum: Senior Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2005)
  • Rice University, Jesse H. Jones School of Management Executive Education: Executive Education in Medical and Healthcare Management Certification
  • Texas Children's Hospital: Advanced Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Certification
  • Development Dimensions International: Strategic Leadership

Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • AHLA Enterprise Risk Management Task Force: Vice Chair
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

News

Press Releases

Alerts

Articles

Community

  • Children at Risk: Board of Directors, Chair of Development
  • Immunization Partnership: Board of Directors

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Texas Children's Hospital: Director and In-House Counsel (2004 to 2011)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Texas, 1993

Education

  • J.D., Baylor University Law School, 1993, Order of Barristers
  • B.A., Texas A&M University, 1989

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
California Attorney General Releases 2014 Data Breach Report and Recommendations, Finding More of the Same.
October 29, 2014
Editor’s Note: The author thanks Jaysen Borja for his contributions to this post. On October 28, 2014, Attorney General Kamala Harris released the second annual California Data Breach Report.  The report detailed the nature and scope of...
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Data Privacy Monitor
How to Respond to SEC Inquiries Concerning Data Breach and Data Security Policies
October 28, 2014
Every company, whether public or private, has exposure to potential data breach or theft of confidential information. When this occurs, various state and federal regulatory organizations have jurisdiction over ensuring that there is...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Privacy Policies Going Digital: The CFPB’s Final Rule Ditches Requirement to Distribute Annual Paper Copies
By William W. Hellmuth
October 28, 2014
On October 20, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had finalized a rule that alters the way that financial institutions provide privacy policies to their customers. Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Company Claims “HIPAA Has No Teeth”, Will Start Notifying Affected Individuals of Security Breaches and Vulnerabilities that Have Not Been Disclosed by Organizations
October 27, 2014
A company named SLC Security, LLC (“SLC”), recently announced that it will begin notifying individuals if it believes it has identified a security breach or vulnerability of a company and it has not received a satisfactory response from...
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Partner Randy Gainer Named to National Law Journal’s Inaugural List of IP Trailblazers and Pioneers
October 27, 2014
BakerHostetler’s Renowned Privacy and Data Protection Team Scores Big Again BakerHostetler Partner and Privacy and Data Protection team member Randy Gainer has been recognized in The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “50...
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