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Paula F. Henry

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Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Litigation
  • Court-Certified Arbitration & Mediation
  • Healthcare Law


Paula F. Henry is a Litigation Attorney, Court Certified Mediator, and Fee Arbitrator. She specializes in medical malpractice defense and healthcare law. She has provided representation for all levels of healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, medical groups, and health maintenance organizations. Ms. Henry has provided legal counsel for legislative matters and administrative hearings.

Ms. Henry has over thirty years of experience in the medical field as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, and continues to be actively involved in healthcare issues. In the past, she was the Medical Legal Editor for the Nurse Practitioner Forum, authoring several articles pertaining to legal aspects of the Nurse Practitioners's practice. Ms. Henry has authored chapters in two textbooks: Nurses and the Law, and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is a frequent lecturer on medical/legal issues. Ms. Henry's medical expertise and experience has been an asset in her ability to provide quality legal representation to her clients.

Ms. Henry's litigation expertise has resulted in several multi-million dollar exposure cases ending in defense verdicts in trial and in binding arbitration. In 2002, she defended a wrongful death claim involving a birth injury in which the demand exceeded six million dollars. Since opening the Firm, Ms. Henry has achieved several defense verdicts to include a wrongful death jury trial in 2004, and in the first half of 2005, two binding arbitrations, a birth injury case and a wrongful death matter with a demand for sixteen million dollars in damages. In 2006, Ms. Henry successfully defended a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse in an administrative hearing in which the Board of Registered Nursing sought to revoke the Nurse's license. Also in 2006 and 2007, Ms. Henry has represented both a health care facility and a physician regarding allegations of elder abuse.

Ms. Henry is a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys; the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Management; and a past member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a certified Mediator by the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Henry received her diploma in nursing from Quincy City Hospital and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She received her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital-Harvard Medical School Program, and was Board Certified by the American Nurses Association. Ms. Henry received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of law.

Prior to establishing HERSHORIN & HENRY, LLP, Ms. Henry was a Partner with the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP.


  • Moot Court, Second Place, Best Brief
  • Honors Program, 1985


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Bachelor of Science - 1976
    • Major: Nursing
  • Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Massachusetts
    • R.N. - 1976

Bar Admission

  • California, 1988
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1988

Published Works

  • Nurse Practitioner Forum Medical Quarterly Publication Legal Editor, Author of 4 Articles per Year 1990-

Past Positions

  • Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Partner

Professional Associations

  • The Association of Nurse Attorneys, Member
  • Culy Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Member