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Rebecca Adelman, PLLC is a founding shareholder with Hagwood Adelman Tipton, PC and practices in the firm’s Memphis, Tennessee office.  For nearly 25 years, Rebecca has concentrated her practice in insurance defense litigation with a concentration in healthcare law.  She represents senior services providers along the continuum of care including skilled nursing, assisted living, behavioral health, home health and hospice.

Rebecca’s insurance defense practice includes representation of insurance companies and long‐term care providers and their insurers, both regionally and nationally.  She also provides consulting services and educational programming to healthcare professionals and business associates.  She has active practices in the areas of general liability, professional liability, premises, and employment law.  She is a listed mediator serving all areas of business and healthcare litigation.

Her experience also extends to risk management and organizational counseling and formal programs including comprehensive “expectations management”, arbitration training, facility admissions protocols, and crisis communication planning.  She is a member of the prestigious Claims & Management Litigation Alliance.

Rebecca is involved in state and national legislative matters on behalf of the healthcare industry and serves as Legal Advisor for the American Assisted Living Nurses Association.  She authors a monthly column, The HAT Advantage, for the Nursing & Assisted Living Professional newsletter, and is a regular contributor to other healthcare publications.

Rebecca was recognized as a 2015 Super Women in Business by the Memphis Business Journal and named an “MBQ Power Player” in the area of defense litigation by Memphis Business Quarterly.  She was included in the “Women to Watch” issues of Memphis Woman Magazine and selected as Executive of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal.  Her strong beliefs in education and peace guided her to found a non‐profit Montessori School.  She is also involved with the Urban Child Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well- being of children from conception to age three in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee and Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in Memphis addressing homelessness by keeping families together while they work to solve their problems.


Rebecca Adelman


Education

  • J.D., The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1990
  • M. Econ., Universite de Driot, d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marselle II, 1987
  • B.A., Economics and French, University of Michigan, 1986

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arkansas
  • Supreme Court of Arkansas
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court Western District of Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Mississippi
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi
  • United States District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • United States District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Honors and Awards

  • Memphis Business Journal - Super Women in Business, 2015
  • Super Lawyers - 2013
  • Memphis Business Quarterly – Memphis Power Player, Defense Litigation, 2013
  • Memphis Business Journal, Women to Watch, 2012
  • Memphis Business Journal, Women to Watch, 2011
  • Memphis Business Journal, Executive of the Year, 2006
  • Memphis Business Journal, Top 10 Women in Business, 2006
  • Memphis Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40, 2006

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Assisted Living Nurse Association, Legal Advisor
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Founding Barrister-Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inns of Court
  • Memphis Bar Association, Member - Health Care Law Section
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi Health Care Association
  • National Center for Assisted Living, Risk Management Work Group
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Health Care Association

Presentations

  • Speaker, Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long-Term Care & Assisted Living Providers, Insurers, and Brokers Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, May 1, 2015
  • Invited Speaker, Risk Management Roundtable Discussion, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) 2015 Capital & Business Strategies Forum, San Diego, California, April 2, 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, Defending Assisted Living Facilities in a Climate Where Resident Acuity and Exposure are at Their Highest, ACI’s 5th Annual Forum on Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, Florida, January 29, 2015.
  • Speaker, On the Horizon for Long Term Care, Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long Term Care & Assisted Living Providers, Insurers, Brokers Conference, Houston, Texas, May 2, 2014.
  • Speaker, The Power and Purpose of Disclosure, NCAL Spring Conference, March 11, 2014.
  • Speaker, Anatomy of an Assisted Living Lawsuit:  Reducing Risk and Maximizing Quality Through a Formal Expectations Management Program, AHCA/NCAL 64th Annual Convention& Expo, October 1, 2013.
  • Speaker, Assisted Living Provider and Resident Care Litigation Risk:  Defense Strategies and Beyond, THCA/TNCAL Convention & Trade Show, Nashville, Tennessee, August 20, 2013.
  • Speaker, Managing Expectations and Resident Care Litigation Risks in Assisted Living, ACLF Leadership Breakfast:  TNCAL, Germantown, Tennessee, May 22, 2013.
  • Speaker, Strategies to Increase Lawsuit Defensibility in Long Term Care and Assisted Living, Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long Term Care & Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, May 2 – 3, 2013.
  • Speaker, Reducing Risk through a Formal Expectations Management Program and Collaborative Advanced Care Planning for End-of-Life, National Aging Services Risk Management Conference, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 16-18, 2012.
  • Speaker, Anatomy of an Assisted Living Lawsuit and Proactivity in Risk Prevention, American Assisted Living Nursing Association, Tampa, Florida, Oct. 6, 2012.
  • Speaker, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Family Malpractice, National Business Institute, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 22, 2011.
  • Speaker, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Family Malpractice, National Business Institute, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, Sep. 21, 2011.
  • Speaker, Litigation Risk Management and Quality Management Collaborative Models, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2, 2011.
  • Speaker, Crisis Management Planning, Communication and Beyond, American Health Lawyers Association, San Diego, California, February 21-23, 2011.
  • Speaker, Crisis Communication and The Law, Long-Term Care Risk Legal Committee, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 27-28, 2011.
  • Speaker, Crisis Communication and The Law, A Guide for Providers, Tennessee Health Care Association Convention, Knoxville, Tennessee, Aug. 29, 2010.
  • Speaker, Advanced Personal Injury:  Mastering Your Practice, National Business Institute, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, May 5, 2010.
  • Speaker, Advanced Personal Injury:  Mastering Your Practice, National Business Institute, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, May 4, 2010.
  • Speaker, LTC Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms- Can You Afford to Not Solve This Last Minute Crossword Puzzle, DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sep. 26-28, 2007.
  • Practice, Industry Trends and the LTC Risk Profile, HRH LTC Roundtable, New Orleans, Louisiana, Mar. 6-7, 2007.
  • Speaker, Reducing Risk Through a Formal Expectations Management Program and Collaborative Advanced Care Planning for End of Life, A.J. Renner & Associates-LTC Sessions 2nd Annual “Meeting of the Minds”, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 20-21, 2005.
  • Speaker, Risk Management for Physicians and Managing End of Life Expectations, Tennessee Health Care Association,  The Annual Medical/Legal Summit 2004, Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 13, 2004.
  • Speaker, 2004 Legislative Conference:  Litigation 101, Tennessee Health Care Association, Nashville, Tennessee, Mar. 24, 2004.
  • Speaker, Elder Law Practice: Planning for Old Age and Long-Term Care, Barristers Education Services, Memphis, Tennessee, Dec. 22, 2003.
  • Speaker, Developing and Implementing an Abuse Prevention Program, Tennessee Health Care Association, Jackson, Tennessee, Dec. 10, 2003.
  • Speaker, Mediation:  Improving the Delivery of Quality Health Care, QSource Center for Healthcare Quality, New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 15, 2003.
  • Speaker, Nursing Home Malpractice in Tennessee:  Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial, National Business Institute, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 17, 2003.
  • Speaker, Anatomy of a Nursing Home Lawsuit and Medical Records from the Defense Attorney’s Point of View, Tennessee Health Care Association,  The Annual Medical/Legal Summit 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 15, 2003.
  • Speaker, Nursing Home Negligence – Asserting Claims & Defending, Professional Education Systems Institute, LLC, Memphis, Tennessee, Jul. 23, 2003.
  • Speaker, Nursing Home Negligence – Asserting Claims & Defending, Professional Education Systems Institute, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee, Jul. 24, 2003.
  • Speaker, Nursing Home Malpractice in Tennessee:  Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial, National Business Institute, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 11, 2002.
  • Speaker, Litigation – Liability Issues of Physicians and Medical Directors, Tennessee Health Care Association – Annual Conference for Physicians Nursing Home, Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 16, 2002.

Publications

  • Litigation in Assisted Living - Case Studies for Risk Management, NCAL, 2013.
  • Assisted Living Lawsuits:  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Geriatric Nursing 34 (2013) AALNA Section, April 2013.
  • Nursing & Assisted Living Facility Professional:  The HAT Advantage, January 2010 – December 2014.
  • Work-Life Being, Memphis Business Quarterly, March 2013.
  • Co-Author, “A ‘French Revolution,’ Redrawing the Battle Lines in Nursing Home Litigation in the Aftermath of French v. Stratford House, Tennessee Bar Journal, Volume 47, No.4, April 28, 2011.