Theresa Barta

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

BARTA LAW
 | 4041 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 280
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-833-3383
Fax: 949-209-2530
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Health Care (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Theresa Barta is the founder and owner of Barta Law in Newport Beach, California. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 30 years of total legal experience, Ms. Barta provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    • Physician's rights
    • Physician contracts
    • Hospital privileges
    • Medical staff credentialing
    • Other contract disputes as well as restrictive covenants and noncompete agreements
    • Interference with business interests
    • Unfair business practices
    • Infringement on the right to practice medicine
    • Patient-physician relationships
    • Business litigation
    • Wrongful termination and other employment law matters
    • Insurance fraud
    • Health care fraud
    • Other medical law and health care-related issues

    Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Barta has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of the rights, interests and entitlements of her clients, and she has recovered millions of dollars in restitution and compensation both at trial as well as through negotiation. At all turns, she aggressively pursues the favorable outcomes her clients seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and she earned designation as a Top Gun: Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2013.

    Ms. Barta obtained her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1990, where she graduated Order of the Coif. She was also a member of the prestigious St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, and she received several American Jurisprudence Awards for her excellent academic achievements.

    She received her license to practice from The State Bar of California the same year she graduated from law school, and she is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in California as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th and 11th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    A leader in her field, Ms. Barta is the author of "Greed on Trial," which exposes several instances that Ms. Barta handled firsthand involving the wrongful termination of doctors who rebelled against insurance policies to deliver appropriate medical care to their patients. The book won the 2018 Indies Gold Award.

    In addition, Ms. Barta also maintains active involvement in her legal community, and she is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Association for Justice, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the National Association of Women Lawyers, among her other professional affiliations.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Health Care
    • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    Focus Areas

    Hospital Law, Health & Health Care Law, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Insurance

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    About Theresa Barta

    Admitted: 1990, California

    Honors/Awards:

    • Attorneys of Distinction
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Loyola Law School
    • This award recognizes individual attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional trial skills, commitment to their clients and have obtained outstanding results on behalf of their clients, Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Member, St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, Loyola Law School
    • Top 5% of her Class, Loyola Law School
    • Shernoff, Bidart & Darras, Claremont, California
    • Order of the Coif, Loyola Law School, Morrison & Foerster, Irvine, California
    • The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, Multi-Million Dollar Advocate, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Indies Gold Award, Greed on Trial, 2018
    • Ms. Barta was featured in Orange Coast Magazine's Attorneys of Distinction, Attorney of Distinction, Orange Coast Magazine

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
    • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Member
    • American Trial Lawyers Association of America, Member
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
    • Orange County Women Trial Lawyers Association
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly California Trial Lawyers Association), Member
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
    • Admitted to the Ninth and Eleventh United States Circuit Court of Appeals.
    • Admitted to each of United States District Courts in California (Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central)
    • State Bar of California, 1990

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): Ms. Barta has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocated) to a teenage girl who was molested by a family member resulting in a pregnancy and baby at only age twelve. As a CASA, Ms. Barta visited with the child on a regular basis, interacted with the social worker, attorney and others acting on the child's behalf, and reported to the dependency court ensuring that the child's best interests were heard
    • Pro Bono Representation of Medical Providers Who Treat Medicare and Medi-Cal Patients: Ms. Barta has provided legal services, including advice on contracting, billing and reimbursement matters, and litigation of cases to physicians and other medical providers who provide medical treatment and care to Medicare and Medi-Cal patients
    • National Charity League: Ms. Barta was a member of the Newport Beach Chapter of the National Charity League for nine years. During that time she volunteered at over twenty charities, including, Girls Inc., Second Step, Susan G. Komen, Orangewood and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Los Angeles Times, CBS News, Physicians News Network and Law360 all cover Barta Law’s Trial, Verdict and Settlement in a Landmark Case: “L.A. Jury Sides with Doctor in Anthem Blue Cross Case”- Chad Terhune (April 10, 2013)
    • “Doctor Prevails in Firing Dispute” – Los Angeles Times
    • Anthem Lawsuit and Barta Law’s Representation of Doctor are Detailed in Book: Denied, by Jeffrey Nordella, M.D.
    • Managed Care Magazine: “Doctor’s Lawsuit Victory Holds Lesson for Insurers”
    • Law360 Reports: “Blue Cross Settles with Doctor in Network Exclusion Case”
    • Law360 Reports on Barta Law Trial: “Doc Says Blue Cross Punished Him for Patient Advocacy”
    • Physicians News Network: “Local Physician Wins against Insurance Giant, Years Long Saga Comes to an End”
    • CBS News San Francisco: “California Doctor Wins Millions in Suit Against Blue Cross After Decade-Long Battle”
    • CBS News Los Angeles: “David vs. Goliath”
    • Los Angeles Times: “Anthem Blue Cross Settles with Doctor, Avoids Second Jury Award”- Chad Terhune (April 11, 2013)
    • Ms. Barta was a featured speaker and panelist at the Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference in January 2017, speaking on the topic of How Insurance Companies Practice Medicine, Speaker and Panelist, How Insurance Companies Practice Medicine, Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference, Health Care, Insurance, Legal, Medicine
    • Speaker, Los Angeles County Medical Association, Physician and Provider Reimbursement, Los Angeles County Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association at their Sixth Annual Joint Educational Meeting, March 2015, Speaker, Physician and Provider Reimbursement, LA County Medical Assoc. and LA County Bar Assoc. Joint Educational Meeting, Health Care Insurance, Legal, Medicine

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Doe, M.D. v. Does
    • Doe Co. v. Does
    • Fontana Prod. v. Spartech
    • Doe, M.D. v. Doe Health Plans
    • Doe v. Doe Health Ins.
    • Doe, M.D. v. Doe Health Insurance
    • Jeffrey Nordella, M.D. v. Anthem Blue Cross: $4.5 million Jury Verdict following a six week trial for Anthem's violation of Dr. Nordella's right to fair procedure. The jury awarded $4.5 million in damages for Anthem's wrongful exclusion of Dr. Nordella from Blue Cross' PPO Network and found that the doctor was entitled to punitive damages. A confidential settlement was reached prior to the punitive damages phase of trial
    • In re Active Wallace Group: $3.6 Million Verdict. A federal bench trial involving claims of fraud and concealment resulted in a $3.6 million verdict that included a $1.8 million award of punitive damages
    • Doe, M.D. vs. Doe Medical Group: $1 Million Settlement. Case involved claims of unfair competition, defamation and business interference between competing medical practices. Case was settled prior to trial
    • Unnamed Physician v. Hoag Hospital: Writ of Mandamus Issued Setting Aside Disciplinary Action against Physician. The hospital's disciplinary actions of censure and placing the physician on probation were set aside by a trial court and California's Fourth District Court of Appeals after the courts found that the physician's right of fair procedure had been violated
    • Doe Companies v. Does (Individuals and Companies): $2 Million Settlement. In a federal case, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and conversion against corporate executives and related companies resulted in multiple settlements, including one for $2 million
    • Doe, M.D. v. Doe Medical Group
    • John Kohut, M.D. v. Beaver Medical Group: $1.6 Million Jury Verdict and Entitlement to Punitive Damages. The jury awarded $125,000 in economic damages and over $1.5 million in non-economic damages for the Medical Group's wrongful termination of a psychiatrist
    • Doe v. Doe Insurance Co.: $10 Million Settlement. The insurance company denied claims for on-going medical care for a life-threatening condition contending that the care was allegedly "not medically necessary". The case was settled prior to trial with an agreement by the insurance company to pay for the medical care and pay an additional sum for emotional distress damages
    • Fontana v. Spartech

    Representative Clients:

    • Dr. Daniel Taheri: A skin cancer surgeon and dermatologist who retained Ms. Barta to file claims of intentional interference, violation of fair procedure and unlawful business practices against Aetna Health of California and Aetna Life Insurance Company
    • Dr. Jeffrey Nordella: An emergency trained, urgent care and family medicine physician who retained Ms. Barta to challenge Anthem Blue Cross' unethical and illegal business practices and more recently a medical group that employed him
    • Dr. James Ochi: A Pediatric Otolaryngologist who retained Ms. Barta to challenge Anthem Blue Cross' reimbursement practices as they applied to Non-participating providers
    • Dr. John Kohut: A psychiatrist employed by one of the largest medical group's in California retained Ms. Barta to file a lawsuit against the medical group after it terminated him
    • Dr. Lynn Stanton: A family practice physician and owner of an urgent care, retained Ms. Barta to litigate a case against a competing urgent care business that was engaged in unlawful and unfair business practices

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Authored "Greed on Trial." Ms. Barta authored Greed on Trial, which exposes the truth behind today's medical landscape. It brings Ms. Barta's work to life by following three actual cases from her files. In each case sits a doctor who was wrongfully terminated after rebelling against insurance companies in order to provide medically appropriate care to their patients. In a page-turning narrative, Greed on Trial pulls back the curtain on the complex world of doctors who struggle to care for their patients while being told to comply with insurance company regulations, 2018
    • Representation and Anthem Lawsuit Detailed in the book "Denied". Ms. Barta's representation of a physician in litigation against Anthem Blue Cross that lasted ten years and resulted in a multi-million dollar jury verdict is detailed in the book "Denied" written by Jeffrey Nordella, M.D. with Kim Beyer-Johnson. https://www.amazon.com/Denied-Dr-Jeffrey-Nordella-MD/dp/099838920X
    • CBS News Los Angeles Reports: "David vs. Goliath," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx9-Ra_Npiw
    • Los Angeles Times Reports: "L.A. Jury Sides with Doctor in Anthem Blue Cross Case," https://www.latimes.com/business/la-xpm-2013-apr-10-la-fi-anthem-doctor-verdict-20130410-story.html
    • CBS News (San Francisco) Covers Trial, Verdict and Settlement in Landmark Case: "California Doctor Wins Millions in Suit Against Blue Cross After Decade Long Battle," https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/02/california-doctor-wins-millions-in-suit-against-anthem-blue-cross-after-decade-long-battle/
    • American Medical News Reports: “Multimillion-dollar verdict for doctor hailed as victory against insurer tactic,” https://amednews.com/article/20130527/profession/130529955/6/
    • Los Angeles Times Reports - "Doctor Prevails in Firing Dispute": “A San Bernardino jury awarded a psychiatrist $1.56 million after agreeing that he was fired by one of the state’s leading medical groups in retaliation for refusing to switch his patients to less expensive prescription medications, ”https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-16-me-11154-story.html
    • Thompson Reuters Reports: “Doctor’s $3.8 Million Win Sends Warning to Health Plans” Theresa Barta was quoted in the Thomas Reuters article: “The importance of the verdict is it lets doctors know that they have a voice.”
    • Quoted in "Payers & Providers": “This verdict sends a message to doctors that they have a voice. They can stand up and fight back against insurers. This is a huge win, not only for my client, but for all physicians.” http://payersandproviders.com/node/443

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    Office Location for Theresa Barta

    4041 MacArthur Blvd
    Suite 280
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Phone: 949-833-3383

    Fax: 949-209-2530

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