Deborah E. Mann

Deborah E. Mann

DEBORAH E. MANN'S practice includes counseling clients on health law, institutional and professional malpractice, and insurance defense matters, as well as periodically serving as a mediator in a variety of civil disputes. In the healthcare arena, Deb has represented hospitals, nursing homes, residential treatment centers, and individual providers including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and dentists in personal injury and wrongful death cases.  She is particularly knowledgeable regarding HIPAA compliance issues. She represents hospitals and physician groups being investigated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Office of Civil Rights for alleged HIPAA violations and alleged discrimination. Deb prepares and reviews contracts, including employment contracts and independent provider agreements, for a variety of healthcare providers and provides advice on compliance with Stark and anti-kickback laws. She has assisted healthcare clients in defending fraud and false claims actions brought by the federal and state government, in evaluating Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and in making self-reports to, and negotiating settlements with, appropriate governmental entities. She advises hospitals on credentialing and peer review issues through both her litigation experience and regulatory work.

Deb has assisted clients during the New Mexico legislature by reviewing and analyzing proposed bills, helping draft bills, participating in stakeholder meetings, and testifying as an expert before legislative committees.

She was named the 2021 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law in Albuquerque by Best Lawyers in America.


  • New Mexico, 1995
  • U.S. District Court of New Mexico, 1995
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995


  • University of New Mexico Law School, 1995, J.D. summa cum laude, class rank 1
  • University of New Mexico, 1985, B.S. in Civil Engineering

Publications & Speeches

  • Continuing Legal Education presentations on various topics
  • Client training presentations on various topics


  • Best Lawyers, Albuquerque Lawyer of the Year, Health Care Law, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2017
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016-present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Defense, 2013-present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Medical Malpractice Defense, 2013
  • Law Review Staff – August 1993 – May 1994
  • National Mock Trial Team – Spring 1994
  • Environmental Law Moot Court Team – Spring 1993
  • Order of the Coif

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Interest Group, Vice Chair, 2016-present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 2016-present
  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Member
  • New Mexico Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers, Member and Past Editorial Board Member and Co-Editor