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Kimberly C. Gordy

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Kimberly Gordy is an associate in the firm’s healthcare practice group. Ms. Gordy’s practice includes both regulatory counseling and healthcare related litigation matters. She has particular experience with physician issues, including peer review and credentialing, as well as the development of policies and procedures for healthcare entities, long-term care providers, and academic medical centers. She also provides compliance counseling on a variety of issues, including privacy and data security, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act, Title III of the ADA, and the Fair Housing Act.

Ms. Gordy maintains a special interest in the ethics of healthcare. She received her Master’s in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and her work on pediatric consent is published in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. She also has experience in clinical research protocols and the ethical issues related to long-term care.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Gordy was an associate at another global law firm. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable George C. Hanks, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and to the Honorable Mary Milloy of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Gordy was an associate at another global law firm and received a Masters from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Featured Pro Bono Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center, April 2016
  • ABA Health Law Section
    • Vice Chair, Membership Committee, 2016-2017
    • Vice Chair, Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference Planning Committee, 2015-2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Immunization Partnership
  • Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Chair of Healthcare Business Leaders Breakfast, May 2016
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, 2010-present
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, 2010-present

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presenter, LeadingAge Florida Annual Convention, “Critical Topics Related to Aging and Mental Health,” Orlando, July 19 2017.
  • Presenter, Direct Supply Clinical Week & Clinical Care Leadership Conference, “Proactive Risk Management in Long-Term Care,” Milwaukee, July 12, 2017.
  • Co-presenter, "Sexual Expression in Long Term Care: Balancing Patient Rights with Legal Risk," Fifth Annual Memory Care Summit, Orlando, Fl., Jan. 18, 2017
  • Presenter, “Balancing Patient Rights with Legal Risk,” Alzheimer’s Association Professional Conference, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter,  May 5, 2016
  • Co-presenter, “Exploring a Key Cause of Research Misconduct, the Legal Ramifications, and Best Practices Going Forward,” American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Academic Medical Centers Conference, Washington D.C., March 14-15, 2016
  • Co-presenter, “Birds, Bees, & Capacity: Balancing Personal Autonomy with Managing Legal Risk,” American Bar Association, Health Law Section Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference, San Diego, March 3-5, 2016
  • Co-presenter, “Ethically Handling Resident Disputes,” LeadingAge Texas 2015 Annual Meeting & Trade Show, Austin, May 2015
  • Presenter, “Legal Barriers to Adolescent Mental Healthcare,” International Pediatric Bioethics Conference at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle, July 2011
Guest Lecturer
  • Univ. of Texas Medical Branch, “Essentials of Medical Malpractice and Peer Review,” July 2016
  • Georgetown University Law Center, “Fundamentals of Academic Legal Writing,” Nov. 2015
  • University of Houston Law Center, “Health Decision-Making for Minors,” Spring & Fall 2011
  • Univ. of Texas Medical Branch, “Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism,” Summer 2011
  • Texas A&M University, “Women in the Holocaust,” 2006-2007


Book Chapters & Law Review Articles 
  • Contributor, “Representing Hospitals and Health Care Systems,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2016
  • “Adding Life to the Adolescent’s Years,” 11 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics 169, 2011
  • “The 9/11 Cancer Conundrum: Law, Policy, & Politics of the Zadroga Act,” 7 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 33, 2012
  • “Dire Straits: Canadian Sovereignty in the Arctic Waterways,” 20 Fordham Environmental Law Review 551, 2010
  • Co-author, “The Law & Ethics of Advance Planning Options in the United States,” Menschenwurde, 2012
Blog Posts & Client Alerts
  • Co-author, ADA Title III News & Insights Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, “Mobile Apps Like Uber and Airbnb Raise Novel ADA Title III Issues,” Dec. 16, 2015
  • Co-author, Senior Living & Long-Term Care Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, “Senior Citizens….. and the Liability Issues Facing Long-Term Care Providers,” May 19, 2015
  • Co-author, Senior Living & Long-Term Care Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, “Arbitration Clauses … in Texas Nursing Home Admission Agreements,” April 15, 2015
  • Co-author, “Health Law: 2015 Year in Review,” Feb. 9, 2016
  • Co-author, “King v. Burwell: The More You Try to Challenge Things, The More They Stay the Same,” July 1, 2015
  • Co-author, “Increased OIG Scrutiny on Medical Directorships,” June 18, 2015
  • Counseled client on the regulations governing the operation of free-standing emergency rooms nationwide.
  • Assisted fertility and lab ventures in compliance counseling related to HIPAA, HITECH, Stark law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Advised Federally Qualified Health Centers on privacy compliance.
  • Performed gap analyses and developed privacy programs for healthcare entities including a global pediatric mental health provider, an inpatient rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment center, a retail pharmacy, and a cloud-based information company.
  • On behalf of long-term care providers, helped secure favorable rulings dismissing complaints brought under the Fair Housing Act.
  • Represented client in hospital peer review proceedings as lead counsel, conducted hearing direct and cross for expert and fact witness; drafted briefing for hearing and appeal.
  • Handled subpoena related to protected health information on behalf of health care system.
  • Trial team member representing major health system in state court, interviewed and prepped over fifty witnesses during discovery; took deposition and participated in deposition and trial preparation.
  • Helped obtain favorable settlements on behalf of hospitality and retail companies in federal lawsuits brought by disabled persons under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Drafted dispositive and discovery motions on behalf of healthcare clients in state court proceedings.
  • Advised long-term care providers on matters related to privacy, Fair Housing Act compliance, state-specific regulations, ethical and policies issues related to resident autonomy, and employment issues.
  • Obtained favorable result for client in authorship dispute in leading academic publication.
  • Obtained Continuing Presence certification for pro bono client who was a 10 year victim of labor trafficking.
  • Drafted privacy, community standards, and social media policies for pediatric non-profit organization.
  • Participated in Institutional Review Board proceedings at academic medical center.
  • Reviewed employment contracts on behalf of physicians.