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Mediator Information
Name Paula F. Henry
Law Firm Hershorin & Henry, LLP
Location Riverside
Practice Areas
Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense, Healthcare
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
1988
Education
  • Juris Doctorate, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northeastern University Nursing
  • Diploma, Quincy City Hospital

ADR-Specific Education

  • "Mediating the Litigated Case,” Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution 
  • Court Certification Program, American Arbitration Association
Bar Memberships
  • State of California (June 1988)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court (June 2011)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
  • Panel member, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Member, the Defense Research Institute
  • Member, the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Management
  • Past member, the California Association of Nurse Practitioners
Additional Information

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. Henry has provided legal counsel for legislative matters and administrative hearings.

Henry has over 30 years of experience in the medical field as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, and continues to remain 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. 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. Henry's medical expertise and experience has been an asset in her ability to provide quality legal representation to her clients.

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 $6 million. Since opening the firm, 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 $16 million in damages. In 2006, 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, Henry represented both a healthcare facility and a physician regarding allegations of elder abuse.

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.

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. Henry received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of law.

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