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 500 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 500 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 200 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 USA
    • Nationwide Privacy & Data Security (2018)
      • Band 3 (2014 to 2018)
    • Healthcare in Texas (2014 to 2018)
      • Band 3 (2017 to 2018)
  • 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

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
Department of Justice Releases Attorney General's First Cyber-Digital Task Force Report
By John W. Busch
August 17, 2018
The Department of Justice recently released its comprehensive assessment of cyber threats in the United States, titled “Report of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force.” The Report is the result of the establishment of the...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Not Too Early to Start to Prepare for New California Privacy Law
By Alan L. Friel, Niloufar Massachi
August 14, 2018
In late June, the California legislature signed into law Assembly Bill 375 (AB 375) as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), a privacy law, unprecedented in the U.S., that grants California residents a broad range of...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Ohio Law Offers Safe Harbor to Companies Meeting Cyber Standards
By Brian P. Bartish, Craig A. Hoffman
August 13, 2018
Ohio will soon have a law in place that provides a “legal safe harbor” from tort claims related to a data breach, to entities that have implemented and comply with certain cybersecurity frameworks. It remains to be seen whether any entity...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Do You Need a Chief Digital Risk Officer (or Digital Risk Working Group)?
By Craig A. Hoffman
August 6, 2018
Axioms are common in the privacy and security space. One that has been popping up with more frequency is “privacy and security is an enterprise risk that requires an enterprise-wide effort to appropriately address.” It is easy to say, hard...
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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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