Erin is a partner in the Springfield office of Morrison Mahoney. She has 14 years of litigation experience managing caseloads in diverse practice areas including hospital and medical malpractice defense, mental health law, employment, and legal malpractice.
Erin drafts countless persuasive briefs and opinion letters and manages complex multi-party cases from inception, through discovery, and to trial. She successfully defends healthcare professionals subject to complaints with the Board of Registration in Medicine, before various state licensing agencies, and in the state and federal courts. She also assists with the defense of legal professionals. Clients appreciate Erin’s focused attention to their needs and her tireless efforts to optimize their outcomes.
Erin’s special focus is mental health law. In this practice area, she provides services to an array of health care facilities, including large tertiary care hospitals, rural and satellite hospitals, specialized behavioral health hospitals, and long term care and skilled nursing facilities. Her scope of representation encompasses risk management support and counseling, safe discharge planning, and instituting court proceedings as necessary. Erin advises clients on the applicability and appropriateness of guardianships, conservatorships, and civil commitments. She also offers educational seminars to teach and enhance processes that serve institutional clients. Through her work, Erin has developed a consistent and efficient process for intake, coordination, and triage of these cases to achieve a safe and cost-effective resolution.
- Represents physicians, nurses, and other licensed professionals in Professional Licensure investigations, avoiding disciplinary action in all cases to date
- Advises regional medical facilities in risk analysis for patient care and safe discharge, instituting legal proceedings as appropriate including Guardianships, Health Care Proxy Affirmations, Conservatorships, and Civil Commitments
- Defends malpractice cases with verdict exposure up to $35M, bringing 100% of cases to economic resolution within policy limits
- Limits scope of liability through advocacy in tort litigation, achieving judicial rulings narrowing cognizable claims against health care providers and insureds
- Legal Status – Voluntary and Involuntary Psychiatric Admission, February 2020
Treatment Decision-Making Authority in Health Care Settings, January 2020
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Hampden County Bar Association
- Volunteer Member of the Department of Mental Health Human Rights Committee, Westfield Chapter