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So I’ve been a nurse for about a decade ( med-surg, ER, Trauma etc) . A recent law school grad ( didn’t take a bar yet because I am not mentally ready to sit for one). I am currently a Risk Manager at a huge healthcare system and my work overlaps with the hospital’s claims and litigation department. And I am building a network of connections. Medical Malpractice is what I want to focus on later. Where does one start best? Defense? Plaintiff? I heard good things and bad things about both.

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You should also consider healthcare regulatory and transactional roles. I do healthcare M&A and regulatory compliance work and it’s super in demand. I have recruiters messaging me left and right to lateral or go in house. People with a healthcare background get eaten up in this field too. Food for thought.

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Attorney 1, there may be openings in commercial litigation as well - though my focus is primarily corporate law/M&A, my firm has a commercial litigation team focused on healthcare controversies that I do the regulatory compliance analysis and related work for. My supervising partner and other associates on the team still consider themselves healthcare lawyers but with a focus on litigation whereas my focus as a healthcare lawyer is corporate law/M&A. Tl;dr healthcare lawyers don’t have to be transactional - they can be litigators primarily too.

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I used to do med mal defense. I would definitely recommend defense if you’ve been a nurse for a decade and are working in a hospital. You’ll probably be able to get more clients since you already have those connections. With defense you’re going to get to focus specifically on med mal (and possibly elder abuse), the clients are more sophisticated, and as a former nurse you’ll probably elevate quickly. You’d be doing personal injury if you go plaintiff’s side and that can really vary from car accidents, slip and falls, etc. I also found that not many plaintiff’s attorneys knew what they were doing. But that could also be contributed to the size of the firm.

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Echoing this, if you go to a reputable med mal defense firm you will probably learn the ropes better/faster than you would at a plaintiff’s shop. Defense likely has more volume, and frankly probably more expertise. There are more med mal claims being filed than ever, and it’s not because there’s actually more malpractice, it’s because the personal injury lawyers are getting hip to how lucrative med mal can be and a lot of lawyers who don’t know what they’re doing are bringing med mal cases and litigating them based on experience with car wreck cases. Of course there are similarities because they’re both tort actions, but I’ve found a lot of the plaintiff’s lawyers with little med mal experience don’t understand the nuances of the medical care or the case law behind a lot of niche issues that come up in med mal.

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Where are you located? Are they looking to hire in-house? 😉

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In the Midwest. Unfortunately, we outsource all medmal cases.

Start on the side you don’t want to make a career in, the switch to the other. If you want a be a plaintiffs attorney, start in defense

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