Michael A. Dembicer

Partner

  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Suite 4000
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Michael Dembicer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. He has 25 years of experience defending complex, high exposure general and professional liability claims.

Mr. Dembicer’s principal area of specialization is health care litigation in which he defends medical malpractice claims on behalf of individual physicians and health care facilities, with a primary emphasis in the defense of maternal / fetal / neonatal injury cases. As part of Mr. Dembicer’s health care litigation practice, he also provides consultative services to health care facilities on issues ranging from medical staff privilege considerations, the development and / or modification of policy and procedure, among various other forms of services. He also possesses extensive experience defending complex litigation matters involving toxic tort claims, with areas of specialization in airborne diseases (e.g., aspergillosis, coccidioidomycosis) and waterborne diseases (e.g., legionellosis). 

Professional Presentations

The following describes Mr. Dembicer's participation as a principal or guest lecturer:

  • Catholic Healthcare West / St. Bernardine Medical Center, Continuing Education Series ("EMTALA Overview and Avoiding Malpractice Litigation"), February 2007
  • Catholic Healthcare West / Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Risk Management Symposium: (Anatomy of a Lawsuit"), March 2007
  • Harbor / UCLA Medical Center, Labor and Delivery Inservice Training Seminar ("Fetal Monitoring and Surveillance: Identifying, Preventing and Minimizing Adverse Outcomes"), 2005.
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Roscoe Campus), Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Interpretation and Litigation Avoidance"), 2004
  • California Hospital Medical Center, Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Chain of Command Considerations in Obstetrical Emergencies"), 2003
  • California Hospital Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Seminar ("Documentation Techniques and the Avoidance of Litigation Scrutiny"), 2003
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Sherman Way Campus), Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Shoulder Dystocia: Documentation Techniques and the Avoidance of Litigation Scrutiny"), 2003
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Roscoe Campus), Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Interpretation: Appreciation of Fetal Distress"), 2002
  • St. Vincent Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit Seminar ("Immuno-Compromised Patients and the Transmission of Airborne Diseases"), 2001-2002
  • Glendale Memorial Medical Center, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Seminar ("Litigation Avoidance Techniques: Perclose and Vasoseal Closing Devices"), 2001-2002
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Roscoe Campus), Grand Rounds, 2000
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Interpretation: Documentation Considerations"), 2000
  • California Hospital Medical Center, Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Strip Interpretation: Evidence of Fetal Distress"), 1999
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Interpretation: Documentation Considerations"), 1998
  • Ventura County Medical Center, Medical / Surgical Department Seminar ("Documentation Techniques and Litigation Avoidance"), 1995
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Roscoe Campus), Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Interpretation: Documentation Strategies to Minimize Litigation Scrutiny"), 1995
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Labor and Delivery Department Seminar ("Fetal Monitor Interpretation: Documentation Strategies to Minimize Litigation Scrutiny"), 1994 and 1993
  • Ventura County Medical Center, Medical / Surgical Department Seminar ("Documentation Techniques and the Avoidance of Litigation Scrutiny"), 1992
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Roscoe Campus), Medical Surgical Unit ("Documentation Techniques and the Avoidance of Litigation Scrutiny"), 1991 

Admissions

California

Associations

  • California Health Care Association
  • Southern California Association for Health Care Risk Management 
  • Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association and Ventura County Bar Association
  • Mediator for multiple court venues, including the Los Angeles County Superior Court System (North Valley District, Northwest District, Central District), Ventura County Superior Court and the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Education

Pepperdine University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1990

California State University Northridge

Master of Arts, cum laude, 1987

California State University Northridge

Bachelor of Arts, 1985

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