Lynn Sessions

Partner

Houston
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"She is smart, reasonable and great to work with. She has a depth of knowledge on health privacy that is hard to find."

— Chambers USA 2018

Overview

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 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (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, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (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 550 healthcare data breaches, including several of the largest breaches reported to date. In her representation, 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.

Operations and Regulatory Practice 

  • Regularly advises hospitals on 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.
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Experience

Privacy and Data Security 
  • Has handled more than 550 healthcare data breaches, including several of the largest breaches reported to date. In her representation, 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 250 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 reports.
  • 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 implement corrective action plans.
  • Advises with large non-healthcare employers on HIPAA issues for their self-insured health plans and with on-site 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 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 patient information, affiliation agreements and privileging of peer review and quality review activities. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers Global: Privacy & Data Security (USA) (2018 to 2019)
    • Band 3 (2018 to 2019)
  • Chambers USA
    • Nationwide Privacy & Data Security (2018 to 2019)
      • Band 3 (2014 to 2019)
    • Healthcare in Texas (2014 to 2019)
      • Band 3 (2017 to 2019)
  • National Law Journal "Cybersecurity Trailblazer" (2016)
  • 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
  • National Diversity Council, Healthcare Diversity Council: Top 25 Women in Healthcare, Houston (2019)

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

News

Press Releases

Community

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

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

Education

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

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
FTC Announces Enforcement Action, Warning Letters for Companies Falsely Claiming Privacy Shield Participation
June 21, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a compliance sweep of companies claiming to be in compliance with the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield and U.S.-Swiss Privacy Shield Frameworks. The U.S.-EU Privacy Shield and the U.S.-Swiss...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Texas Moves Forward With Updates to Breach Notification Law and Institutes Privacy Council to Study Data Privacy Legislation
By Caroline B. Brackeen, William R. Daugherty
June 10, 2019
Texas is one of the many states that looked to be following in the footsteps of California’s enactment of a broad consumer privacy law (the California Consumer Privacy Act), which has far-ranging implications for businesses and consumers...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Attempt to Expand CCPA Private Right of Action Fails, While Bills Exempting Employee Data and Otherwise Refining CCPA Advance
By Taylor A. Bloom, Alan L. Friel, Niloufar Massachi
June 5, 2019
Over the past several weeks, the California State Assembly has voted in favor of advancing to the California Senate bills that would narrow the reach of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Senate bills did not fare as well and have...
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Data Privacy Monitor
HHS OIG Launches Cybersecurity Webpage to Raise Awareness and Boost Cybersecurity Best Practices
By Alexandra Royal, Lynn Sessions
December 5, 2018
Healthcare data can be up to 10 times more valuable to cyber criminals than credit card numbers, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). And, with...
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Data Privacy Monitor
OCR Announces Intention to Move Forward With Development of Methodology to Distribute Enforcement Funds to Victims of HIPAA Violations
By Kathryn Carey, Lynn Sessions
June 15, 2018
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) updated its agenda, outlining proposed and final rules as well as pre-rule document releases for 2018. A notable, and highly anticipated, advance notice of proposed rulemaking included on the agenda...
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