The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys ("WSSHA") was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of legal information in the health field.

For additional details about services provided by WSSHA, please see the WSSHA Board of Directors Statement of Support.

Membership in WSSHA is open to all attorneys admitted to practice in the State of Washington who meet any one of the following criteria:  (a) represent or are employed by a provider of healthcare services, (b) teach a healthcare-related area of the law or (c) otherwise practice in, or seek practice in, a healthcare-related area of the law.

For your information, the WSSHA bylaws and resolutions can be viewed by Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Download WSSHA Bylaws - April 25, 1996, Resolution - April 28, 2006.

If you are interested in becoming a member of WSSHA, please print the membership application below (pdf format).  Directions for completion and return are given on the application.   

Download WSSHA Membership Application

Washington Health Law Manual Third Edition

The Third Edition of the Washington Health Law Manual is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys and the Washington State Hospital Association.

Click here to view the Table of Content

Job Postings

Regulatory Attorney-Quorum Review IRB

Opening Date: 06/25/2015

Quorum Review IRB is a progressive and growing organization with its office headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and locations in Boston, Massachusetts, and Vancouver British Columbia. Founded in 1992, Quorum Review has developed an excellent reputation for quality and service. As an industry leader, Quorum Review is known for its friendly and prompt customer service, high quality standards, and commitment to the ethical protection of research subjects.

Quorum Review is looking for an individual for the role of Regulatory Attorney. The ideal candidate will have a customer-service oriented approach to their work and enjoy a fast-paced environment that is a highly variable. The candidate will also be a self-starter that can function independently without a great deal of supervision.

Consistent with Quorum Review's mission to safeguard the rights and well-being of research participants while enhancing the clinical research process, we seek to hire people who embrace our mission and are motivated to see the impact of their work. Individuals in this role have the following responsibilities:

  • Advises the IRB members, staff, and clients regarding the interpretation of laws, regulations, and guidance related to human subjects research conducted in the United States, Canada, and other countries.
  • Responds to inquiries from IRB members, clients, and staff regarding ethical, legal, and regulatory issues such as conflict of interest, research recruitment practices, HIPAA compliance, accreditation requirements, research ethics, protection of human subjects, Good Clinical Practice, and local law requirements.
  • Communicates in writing and via teleconference with investigators, research sites, sponsors, CRO’s, institutions, and other organizations.
  • Assists with the review of changes to Quorum policies, standard operating procedures, procedural work instructions, guidance, forms, IRB guidelines, consent forms, and other documents.
  • Reviews and revises Board directed correspondence.
  • Develops and delivers training, webinars, and live presentations for IRB members, staff, and clients.
  • Writes abstracts, articles, and presentation materials.
  • Provides support for cross-departmental initiatives, projects, and requests.
  • Assists with the review and negotiation of contracts.
  • Assists with the assessment of legal and regulatory risk to the organization.

A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school complimented by 3 – 5 years of practice in health law, regulatory consulting, and/or related regulatory experience (or an equivalent combination of experience) is required. A demonstrated working knowledge of regulatory matters related to research oversight, accreditation, and/or compliance is a plus.

Please apply directly on line at:https://hire. jobvite.com/j?cj=olah1fwx&s=Wssha

Quorum Review is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. To request reasonable accommodation for the application process please contact Human Resources.

Seattle Children’s
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Opening Date: 07/03/2015

Reporting to the CEO, the Senior Vice President and General Counsel will oversee all legal matters and serve as the primary legal advisor to the CEO, the organization’s senior management team, the Board of Trustees, and the three core components of the hospital: Hospital, Foundation and the Research Institute. S/he will serve as a member of the senior leadership team and will lead and oversee the Legal, Compliance, Risk Management, Information Security and Security functions. The Senior Vice President and General Counsel will advise on major contracts and transactions; regulatory compliance; tax-exempt bonds and other financing agreements; litigation; research and intellectual property matters; health IT policy and systems; labor and employment issues; and medical staff and patient care matters; and will manage use of outside counsel. Pragmatically managing legal risks and providing actionable, practical advice are key components to the position. The Senior Vice President and General Counsel will be expected to provide alternative solutions to minimize liability exposure while achieving business goals. In addition to excellent analytical and legal abilities, the Senior Vice President and General Counsel will need to possess outstanding interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will have the ability to balance a general counsel’s need to be self-assured and forceful with the equally important need to communicate and manage with appropriate humility and respect.

To apply go to: Senior Vice President & General Counsel


The Senior Vice President & General Counsel is responsible for addressing all legal issues related to Seattle Children's and affiliates and required to advance Children's vision, mission and strategies and tactical plans. Provides legal services and coordinates legal work through employees or outside law firms. Responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable laws, effective management and mitigation of business risks, data and information security and the physical security of staff, buildings and assets. This position has the authority to engage external counsel to assist on any matter related to corporate compliance when deemed necessary.


Required Education/Experience:
L.L.B. or J.D. from an accredited law school.

At least seven years of healthcare law expertise, with a private law firm or corporate counsel departments, with appropriately increasing responsibility, knowledge and experience in issues of antitrust, physician relationships, tax-exempt status, Medicare, corporate, real estate, labor law and litigation.

Required Credentials:

Licensed to practice law in Washington or able to obtain such licensure as soon as practical, but no more than 12 months from date of hire.

Staff Attorney
Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission (state agency)

Opening Date: 07/03/2015

Close Date: 07/16/2015

Up to approx. $92,000 (the salary listed in the recruitment notice + 3% from state’s recently passed budget)

Tumwater, Washington

Applicants must apply through the Careers.WA.Gov on-line system. A hyperlink to that system is in the recruitment notice: here

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