Kathy A. Rito joined law firm Jones Walker as special counsel on the Healthcare Industry Team in the New Orleans office.

Rito represents healthcare providers, businesses, and public entities in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution. She has significant experience representing healthcare providers in medical malpractice claims, peer review hearings, credentialing and other administrative proceedings, as well as in contracting matters, including drafting medical staff bylaws and negotiating employment and service contracts. Her litigation experience includes defense of clients in personal injury, employment discrimination, corporate fiduciary and bankruptcy matters.

“Kat joining Jones Walker provides an excellent asset to our clients and to our Healthcare and Litigation teams,” said Bill Hines, Jones Walker managing partner.

Rito regularly provides in-house seminars and advice to clients regarding health law, quality, risk management, bioethical issues and business formation strategies. She is currently an adjunct professor of law at Tulane Law School, where she teaches Bioethics. Prior to joining Jones Walker, she served as statewide litigation counsel for a national long-term acute care hospital provider and managed and developed the medical and professional liability practice of a local law firm.