Medical Malpractice Litigation Defense


John C. Landa, Jr., Lucille King, Julie Anderson, and Rachael Levy have devoted their careers to the representation of hospitals and other health care providers. They have handled multitudes of cases in every field of medicine and nursing, with a special concentration in the defense of obstetrics cases and other claims involving serious injury or death.

Collectively, John, Lucille, Julie and Rachael have over 90 years of experience in health care litigation. They have developed a deep respect for the dedication, compassion, and sacrifice required of nurses, hospital administrators, and physicians in the challenges and demands of their daily work. In particular, they embrace the representation of nurses as the defense of the hard working “underdog” in the arena of medical malpractice litigation defense, where nurses are so frequently the target of attorneys seeking to pin liability on a hospital perceived to have “deep pockets.” Their years of experience have acquainted them with the nuances of nursing and medical practice, hospital operations, and the key issues of medical causation that are at the heart of defending malpractice cases.

John was a pre-med student at Duke University before deciding that his talents were better suited for the legal profession. Defending hospitals, nurses and physicians allows him to combine his passion for medicine and his aptitude for the law. After graduating from Duke magna cum laude he attended The University of Texas School of Law where he graduated with honors, and earned the award for Highest Achievement in the Study of Medical Malpractice Law. Since 1985, the defense of hospitals and other health care providers has comprised the majority of John’s work. Much of his practice is concentrated in the area of obstetrics, and he continues to handle a variety of cases involving death and serious injury in all facets of hospital, nursing and medical care.

Lucille grew up in a small town in central Texas. From an early age she knew she wanted to practice law, and, after graduating cum laude from Texas A&M University, she attended the University of Houston Law Center. Since becoming licensed to practice law in 1994, Lucille has focused her practice primarily on the representation of hospitals, nurses and physicians. She is a legal scholar with an in-depth knowledge of, and seasoned ability to quickly identify, the nursing, medical, and administrative issues that are central to malpractice cases.

Julie Anderson’s first career was as a registered nurse. She graduated from Vanderbilt magna cum laude, received a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and practiced for 13 years doing clinical nursing, nursing administration, and teaching in a baccalaureate nursing program. Since her graduation in 1989 from the University of Houston School of Law, where she earned the highest grade in the Medical Malpractice Law course, she has focused on the representation of hospitals and nurses in the greater Houston, Central, and East Texas areas. She brings a wealth of insight and insider experience to her practice of defending health care institutions and professionals.

Rachael Levy is a native Houstonian who spent the first ten years of her legal career in Chicago, focusing on health care litigation.  She is a graduate of The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2004), and Chicago-Kent College of Law (2007), and is licensed in Illinois and Texas.

Andrea Schwab, of counsel to the firm, is a 1994 graduate of South Texas College of Law and has devoted her entire career to the representation of health care providers.  Her experience includes many years of health care litigation defense, and she previously served as Associate General Counsel for the Texas Medical Association.  She has extensive knowledge and experience in health care law and litigation.  In addition to her work with Lapin & Landa, LLP, Ms. Schwab also maintains an independent law practice, in Austin.

Lapin & Landa is not built on a traditional defense litigation model, in which firms seek to attract volume business and delegate to associates in training. Rather, it is a litigation boutique comprised only of experienced attorneys–our years in practice range from 11 to 33 years. We typically handle a small volume of serious cases, so that we can be in a position to aggressively and thoroughly work up the health care provider’s defense, it being our belief that such an approach yields better results for clients-more nonsuits, summary judgments, and victories at the courthouse.

Lapin & Landa, LLP is proud to have established three nursing education scholarships in the Houston area, with over $35,000 in funding by the firm and its attorneys, to promote educational opportunities for hospital employees to advance their careers by becoming RN’s, LVN’s, or graduate nurses. Their scholarship efforts have been focused, in particular, on improving such opportunities through local community colleges, and to give impetus to hard working health care workers who have the desire, but not the financial resources, to earn a professional degree that will enable them to advance their careers and improve the health care system in our community.