Elizabeth L.B. Greene
Elizabeth is a Partner in Mirick O’Connell’s Litigation and Health Law Groups. She serves as a counsel for physicians, medical groups, hospitals, and allied health care professionals, defending them in medical malpractice cases, and representing them before their professional licensure boards. Elizabeth also advises providers on medical staff issues, including representing them in corrective action hearings, and advises them and their practice groups in business and professional disputes. She is chair of the Physician Issues Interest Group for the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. Elizabeth has also served as counsel for insurance companies in life, health and disability insurance claims brought under state law and under ERISA.
 
Elizabeth has been named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2013. She has been selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the field of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.  First listed in 2013.
 
In 2002, Elizabeth was selected by the Worcester Business Journal as one of "40 under Forty" professionals honored for their professional excellence and community service.
 
Elizabeth shares the Firm’s values and interests in our community. She is chair of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the grants committee for Reliant Foundation, Inc., where she previously served as chair of the grants committee and as a Foundation Board trustee since 2008. She is a board member and chair of the advocacy committee for the American Heart and Stroke Associations, Central MA Division, which she rekindled in the region 23 years ago. She is a past chair of the Central MA Division Board for the AHA/ASA, and past officer and member of its Affiliate Board of Directors, where she also served on several committees. Elizabeth has served as a leader in numerous community, fundraising and advocacy events for the AHA/ASA. In 2003, Elizabeth was honored as the AHA's Northeast Affiliate Division Volunteer of the Year; in 2011, she received the Heart of the Mission award; and in 2013, she received the Heart of Gold Honor.

 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Boston University School of Law JD (1992)
  • Brandeis University BA (1989)
  • Successfully defended numerous physicians, nurses, medical groups and hospitals in medical malpractice cases at trial and arbitration
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of hospital nurse in wrongful death case involving aspiration during induction of anesthesia
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of surgeon on claims for breach of informed consent and wrong site surgery
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of primary care physician in wrongful death case involving alleged delay in diagnosis of prostate cancer
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of neurosurgeon in negligence case alleging failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of medical practice in wrongful death case involving sudden cardiac arrest
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of medical practice in wrongful death case involving alleged delay of diagnosis of prostate cancer
  • Obtained arbitration decision in favor of hospital on claim of injury following a visitor’s fall 
  • Obtained arbitration decision in favor of pediatrician on claim of failure to diagnose diabetes in child 
  • Obtained arbitration decision in favor of pathologist on claim of failure to diagnose cancer 
  • Obtained arbitration decision in favor of obstetrician on claim of delayed delivery resulting in brain injury 
  • Obtained arbitration decision in favor of obstetrician on claim of wrongful death of baby and harm to delivering mother
  • Successfully represented physicians and other healthcare providers responding to patient complaints and investigations by their professional licensing boards
  • Represented a disability insurer before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in establishing the scope of de novo review in ERISA benefit claim determinations
  • Obtained a jury verdict in federal district court for an insurer on plaintiff’s disability claim
  • Obtained a ruling on behalf of an insurer in federal district court that the arbitrary and capricious standard of review applies when "proof must be satisfactory to [the insurer]" and that the insurer's disability decision was reasonable
  • Obtained a ruling on behalf of an insurer in federal district court that an administrative record could not be opened to admit evidence generated after a final decision on an ERISA claim

Publications/Presentations

  • Quoted in "Criminal Charges Can Creep Up on Clinicians, Administrators," reliasmedia.com (June 2019)
  • Quoted in "Plan for practice survival if a partner gets caught up in the opioid crackdown," Part B News (April 2019)
  • Moderator, Medical Coding and Billing 303 Master Class, American Bar Association CLE (March 2019)
  • Moderator, The National Practitioner Data Bank Master Class (June 2018)
  • Moderator, Medical Coding and Billing 202, American Bar Association CLE (March 2018)
  • Moderator, Medical Coding and Billing 101, American Bar Association CLE (April 2017) 
  • Quoted in “Insurance: Tails and Types,” practicelink.com (Fall 2014)
  • Co-author, "Medical Malpractice," Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions (MCLE, Inc., 1998; 2003; 2008; 2011; 2014; 2016; 2018 supp.)
  • Contributing author, Misrepresentations in the Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey (ABA, 2009)
  • Co-author, program materials, "Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Using Investigative Surveillance to Support Your Determination of Functional Capacity," American Conference Institute, June 2008
  • Contributing author, "First Circuit," in ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits (American Bar Association, 2005)
  • Contributing author, Defense Research Institute's Life, Health and Disability Newsletter
  • Contributing author, Mirick O'Connell Life, Health and Disability Newsletter
  • Contributing author, American Bar Association's TIPS Life Insurance Health and Disability Committee Newsletter 

Professional / Community Affiliations

  • American Heart Association, Central MA Division, Board member; past Board chair; Advocacy Committee chair; Vaping Task Force chair; Heart Walk chair; Heart & Stroke Executive Committee member
  • Reliant Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees vice-chair and chair-elect; Grants Committee chair; Executive Leadership Committee member
  • Southborough Extended Day Program, Board of Directors
  • BSA Troop 1, Southborough, Court of Honor coordinator; Board of Review panel member
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section, chair of Physician Issues Interest Group; member of ADR and Conflict Management in Healthcare Interest Group, and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee, Life Insurance Law Committee, Employee Benefits Committee, and Medicine and Law Committee
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Life, Health and Disability Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association

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