Shawn Mathis

Shawn Mathis

Of Counsel

Santa Fe, NM



Shawn Mathis joins the firm’s health law practice after five years working as a Staff Attorney for the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. During that time, she staffed the interim Legislative Health and Human Services Committee, its Disabilities Concerns Subcommittee and its Behavioral Health Subcommittee. In that capacity, she conducted research and drafted legislation for members of the New Mexico Legislature, acquiring experience in a broad range of topics, including: the licensing and regulation of health care practitioners and facilities; state and federal fraud, waste and abuse laws and regulations; state and federal health insurance programs; private health insurance; telehealth and telemedicine; health care credentialing; medical cannabis; health care tort reform; managed care contracting; health care employment contracts; health information technology; health care privacy; reimbursement for health care services; long-term care; continuing care retirement communities; state and local government health care and hospital financing.

Before her legislative work, Shawn was in private practice for thirty years representing clients in heavily regulated industries. This included nearly a decade as in-house counsel managing litigation for two Fortune 500 companies.   Areas of emphasis included: complex toxic tort and personal injury litigation; commercial and environmental litigation; insurance coverage and defense litigation; and corporate compliance and governance.

In 2010, Shawn returned to law school to pursue an LL.M. in Health Law. From 2010 through 2011, she was an LL.M. Fellow at Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Beazley Institute of Health Law and Policy. Since receiving her Health Law LL.M. in 2011, she has been an adjunct professor serving as a thesis advisor in Loyola’s Health Law LL.M. program.

Shawn has authored several works in the area of health law: “Closing in on Health-Care Associated Infections in the Ambulatory Surgical Center”, published by The Journal of Legal Medicine; “Legal Responsibility and Accountability for Healthcare-Associated Infections in the ASC”, published in the American Bar Association Health Law Section’s The Health Lawyer; and co-authored “The Role of the Board of Directors in Advancing Patient Safety,” a chapter in the second edition of the Patient Safety Handbook, published by Jones & Bartlett. Most recently, she co-authored a chapter of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law, “The Hospital-Physician Relationship”.


Loyola University Chicago School of Law
L.L.M. in Health Law, 2011

University of Houston
J.D. 1981

University of Texas
B.A. in Humanities with High Honors 1977

University of Denver
Honors Program