Address 275 Battery Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone 415.288.9800
Fax 415.288.9801
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Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Defense

Medical Device and Product Liability Litigation

Legal and Other Professional Liability Litigation

General Civil Litigation

Health Care Law


University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

Stanford University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

California 1986
District of Columbia 1995
Northern District of Ca 1986
Ninth Circuit 1987

Ms. Richards’ practice focuses on professional liability defense with an emphasis on medical and psychiatric malpractice and patient privacy issues. Ms. Richards' experience includes handling matters through mediation, arbitration and trial, as well as representing physicians in Medical Board investigations. In addition, Ms. Richards has extensive experience advising psychiatrists and physicians in virtually all areas of practice, on compliance with federal and state privacy laws, mandatory reporting requirements and issues related to the termination of patient care. Over the years she has litigated matters involving employment, product liability, psychiatric malpractice and privacy issues. Ms. Richards has advised physicians on HIPAA compliance and breach disclosure requirements, and has assisted health care providers with investigations by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trial Experience

Knautz: Decision in favor of defendant oncologist after three-day contractual arbitration. Plaintiff alleged oncologist improperly managed chemotherapy which caused an impaired blood supply to patient's leg, requiring amputation. Arbitrators found oncologist met standard of care; 1999.

Pettus: Defense verdict for psychiatrist in multi-defendant case involving employment, psychiatric and patient privacy issues. The case presented a matter of first impression on the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. It was tried to the trial court three times, went up on appeal twice, and finally resulted in a defense verdicts for our client and the co-defendant psychiatrist; employer was found liable for monetary damages; 1992-1998.