Debra Albin-Riley is a partner in the firm’s Complex Litigation and Health Care departments. Her significant experience before judges, juries, and hearing officers allows her to take matters to trial or hearing, or skillfully negotiate positive resolutions for her clients prior to verdict or decision. Debra’s practice focuses on complex multiparty litigation, including complicated matters involving the health care industry. She skillfully handles matters for her health care clients that involve commercial and contractual disputes, medical staff and peer review issues, product liability, toxic tort, and licensing issues. Her clients include hospitals and health systems throughout California.
Recent Client Work
Debra currently represents a hospital in Northern California involving claims related to allegations of toxic mold exposure. She counsels and represents hospitals, health systems, and medical staffs relating to peer review matters, including medical staff bylaws review and revision, exhaustion of administrative remedies, California Evidence Code Section 1157, and Anti-SLAPP issues. In one recent matter, she skillfully negotiated a settlement between a physician and two hospitals in the midst of a contentious peer review hearing. Debra recently obtained a significant victory for a regional hospital as the lead trial counsel in a lease dispute involving intricate questions of state licensing requirements. After successfully expunging a lis pendens that threatened the sale of the hospital, she proceeded to secure a complete defense judgment for the hospital, and her client was awarded attorneys fees and costs in a seven-figure amount.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Debra was a partner in the Los Angeles office of a large international law firm, where she served as a key member of several national trial teams involving product liability claims against a major pharmaceutical company. Her experience with multi-party, multi-district litigation in these cases serves her current clients in matters related to jurisdictional strategy and case organization and management, during both the litigation process and in developing complex settlement structures.
Debra is the past chair of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She also served on the board of governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Publications, Presentations, and Recognitions
Debra has been rated among the “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal as a result of her impressive track record of success before judges, juries, and administrative hearing officers. She was also listed as one of Lawdragon’s Magazine’s “Top 500 Leading Litigation Lawyers.” Debra has been named as a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine every year since 2004 and is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell.
Debra is a member of the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Life Beyond the Law
Debra serves on the board of directors for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and chairs the Foundation’s governance committee.