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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Privacy and Data Security 
  • Has handled more than 300 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.
Operations and Regulatory Practice 
  • 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 300 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 75 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.
  • Represents educational institutions regarding data breaches, including breach analysis, breach response, crisis management, and regulatory report.
  • 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

  • Chambers USA: Healthcare in Texas (2014 to 2015)
  • 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
As FCC Flexes New Consumer Protection and Privacy Regulatory Enforcement Muscles Against ISPs, Some Call for Expanded Authority Over Online Services
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Data Privacy Monitor
Canada Moves Forward with Mandatory Federal Security Breach Notification Law
June 23, 2015
On June 18, 2015, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced that the Digital Privacy Act, which amends Canada’s foundational Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), has received royal assent and is now law...
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June 17, 2015
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Data Privacy Monitor
Connecticut May Become First State to Require Identity Theft Protection
By Jenna N. Felz
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A bill currently before Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy would make the state the first in the nation to require identity theft protection for data breach victims. Senate Bill 949 was approved by both the Connecticut Senate and House...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Deeper Dive: Healthcare Incidents Involving More Than 500 Individuals Are Investigated 100 Percent of the Time
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We have released the inaugural BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, which provides insights generated from the review of more than 200 incidents that our attorneys advised on in 2014. The report confirms the prevalence of...
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