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Mary Holloway Richard

Of Counsel

Location:
Oklahoma City

Email:
mhrichard@phillipsmurrah.com

Call:
405.235.4100 Main
405.552.2403 Direct

Fax:
405.235.4133

Service Areas:

Biography

Mary represents both institutional and non-institutional providers of health services. Her career has included work at hospitals, outpatient clinics, behavioral health facilities and rehabilitation facilities and clinics. She has significant experience in health services contracting, reimbursement audits and appeals, OIG investigations, and regulatory and corporate matters. Her skills include working with healthcare clients to develop business strategies in this highly regulated industry and to minimize exposure to risks. Mary’s experience with clinical research ranges from Institutional Review Board regulatory compliance, Food and Drug Administration oversight of compounding pharmacies and integration of clinical research with hospital operations. She lectures and has written on numerous healthcare topics including nonprofit operations, telehealth and behavioral health law, confidentiality and criminal justice reform. She was the driving force behind the first Oklahoma Women’s Law Manual as well as a contributor and editor.

Born in Houston, Texas, Mary has degrees in sociology and social work from the University of Oklahoma. She has a Masters degree in public health administration and health planning from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a member of the faculty of the Oklahoma City University School of Law teaching an Introduction to Healthcare Law and Behavioral Health Law. She has been in the leadership of the Behavioral Health Task Force of the American Hospital Association since its inception and is currently Vice Chair. She is Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Health Law Section and has been instrumental in establishing a webcast public interest series on vulnerable populations which have focused on the mentally ill, the elderly, children and education for the disabled.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1972; M.P.H. 1975)
  • George Washington University (J.D., 1980)
  • Harvard Law School, Project on Negotiation (Certificate, 2008)

Admissions

  • 1980, Oklahoma
  • 1980, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

Professional Organizations

  • Chairman, Health Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Past President and Organizer, Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association and Past-Chairman, Health Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Vice-Chair, Behavioral Health Law Section
  • Advisory Board Member, Oklahoma City, Mental Health Association-Oklahoma

Experience

  • Legal Counsel for largest healthcare system in the state
  • Represented healthcare providers in transactions including employment, formation of legal entities and purchase of assets
  • Represented institutional providers in HIPAA-related matters including compliance training, notice of privacy practices, audits and breach responses
  • Prepared corporate bylaws and medical staff bylaws and rules
  • Represented healthcare providers in regulatory matters related to licensure, discipline, confidentiality and reimbursement
  • Represented facilities before Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  • Counseled Institutional Review Boards and represented individual investigators and researchers before centralized and external IRBs
  • Represented behavioral health facilities and other providers in involuntary admission matters on county mental health dockets
  • Represented public charitable foundations

Recognition

  • Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Legal Counseling
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year in OKC: Healthcare Law (2020)
  • Best Lawyers®: Healthcare Law (2018-present)
  • Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference; Woman of the Year Gala (2016)
  • 405 Magazine Top Attorney in Health Care Law (2020-2021)

Community

  • Past Member, Advisory Committee, Inasmuch Foundation
  • Volunteer, Junior Achievement
  • Mentor, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Publications

CLE Webinars

Articles and News

Mary represents both institutional and non-institutional providers of health services. Her career has included work at hospitals, outpatient clinics, behavioral health facilities and rehabilitation facilities and clinics. She has significant experience in health services contracting, reimbursement audits and appeals, OIG investigations, and regulatory and corporate matters. Her skills include working with healthcare clients to develop business strategies in this highly regulated industry and to minimize exposure to risks. Mary’s experience with clinical research ranges from Institutional Review Board regulatory compliance, Food and Drug Administration oversight of compounding pharmacies and integration of clinical research with hospital operations. She lectures and has written on numerous healthcare topics including nonprofit operations, telehealth and behavioral health law, confidentiality and criminal justice reform. She was the driving force behind the first Oklahoma Women’s Law Manual as well as a contributor and editor.

Born in Houston, Texas, Mary has degrees in sociology and social work from the University of Oklahoma. She has a Masters degree in public health administration and health planning from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a member of the faculty of the Oklahoma City University School of Law teaching an Introduction to Healthcare Law and Behavioral Health Law. She has been in the leadership of the Behavioral Health Task Force of the American Hospital Association since its inception and is currently Vice Chair. She is Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Health Law Section and has been instrumental in establishing a webcast public interest series on vulnerable populations which have focused on the mentally ill, the elderly, children and education for the disabled.

  • University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1972; M.P.H. 1975)
  • George Washington University (J.D., 1980)
  • Harvard Law School, Project on Negotiation (Certificate, 2008)
  • 1980, Oklahoma
  • 1980, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • Chairman, Health Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Past President and Organizer, Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association and Past-Chairman, Health Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Vice-Chair, Behavioral Health Law Section
  • Advisory Board Member, Oklahoma City, Mental Health Association-Oklahoma
  • Legal Counsel for largest healthcare system in the state
  • Represented healthcare providers in transactions including employment, formation of legal entities and purchase of assets
  • Represented institutional providers in HIPAA-related matters including compliance training, notice of privacy practices, audits and breach responses
  • Prepared corporate bylaws and medical staff bylaws and rules
  • Represented healthcare providers in regulatory matters related to licensure, discipline, confidentiality and reimbursement
  • Represented facilities before Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  • Counseled Institutional Review Boards and represented individual investigators and researchers before centralized and external IRBs
  • Represented behavioral health facilities and other providers in involuntary admission matters on county mental health dockets
  • Represented public charitable foundations
  • Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Legal Counseling
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year in OKC: Healthcare Law (2020)
  • Best Lawyers®: Healthcare Law (2018-present)
  • Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference; Woman of the Year Gala (2016)
  • 405 Magazine Top Attorney in Health Care Law (2020-2021)
  • Past Member, Advisory Committee, Inasmuch Foundation
  • Volunteer, Junior Achievement
  • Mentor, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

CLE Webinars

Articles and News

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