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
2014 Information Governance Year in Review
December 19, 2014
2014 has been perhaps the biggest year Information Governance (“IG”) has seen. A relatively small and, if not unknown, at least undefined field only a few years ago has grown into an area of interest—and concern—to many organizations. The...
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Data Privacy Monitor
FTC $19 Million Settlement with Google: Unauthorized In-App Charges Are Not Child’s Play
By Jenna N. Felz
December 18, 2014
The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store. Under the...
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Data Privacy Monitor
What’s on the Horizon in the Golden State?
December 16, 2014
As we near the turn of the year into 2015, organizations should keep an eye on laws taking effect on the West Coast. This year, the crop of new privacy statutes includes a few without precedent anywhere in the country. The focus? Kids and...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Malware Incident at Mental Health Nonprofit Leads to $150K Settlement with OCR
December 12, 2014
As cyberattacks targeting the healthcare industry continue to escalate, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published its first-ever resolution agreement stemming from an incident involving...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Managing Your Health Information Risks Should Not Begin After a Breach Is Reported
December 4, 2014
Editor’s Note: We recently launched a graphic illustrating our Cyber Risk Mitigation Services. Our attorneys have written about specific examples of those services. Healthcare is plagued by a high frequency of reported breaches. Although...
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