Webster
				M.
				Kenneth

For more than 20 years, Ken Webster has been at the forefront of healthcare litigation and consultation in Nevada and more recently in California. In 2020, Ken returned to Hall Prangle & Schoonveld after an 18-month leave to serve as CEO of United Cancer Centers, an emerging Right-to-Try network of cancer clinics in the United States with a mission of providing investigational treatments to terminal cancer patients. During that time, Ken also served as CEO of CHIPSA Hospital, an immunotherapy research cancer hospital in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Ken’s work on the frontlines of emerging healthcare companies, both as outside counsel and as an administrator, provides him with a unique perspective on the operational needs of healthcare facilities as well as the defense of those entities in litigation.

Ken’s primary focus has been medical malpractice defense with an emphasis on institutional clients, including acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, long- term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. From a consulting perspective, Ken has provided guidance, policy formation and education for myriad health care facilities, clinical research organizations, and large, institutional clients related to regulatory compliance, Joint Commission considerations and the FDA clinical trial process.

Ken has significant experience in all phases of high-exposure medical malpractice cases and has taken several to trial as both first- and second-chair. He has extensive background in cases involving neurologic injury, birth trauma, wrongful death, dismemberment, sexual assault, decubitus ulcers and premises liability.

In addition to Ken’s trials, he has handled numerous mediations and arbitrations as well as arguments and trials before the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the Nevada Supreme Court. Ken also represents various healthcare professionals before their regulatory and licensing boards.

Although not an appellate attorney, Ken has done the discovery and motion work in two significant appellate decisions in the State of Nevada. In Guardianship of L.S. & H.S., 87 P.3d 521, 120 Nev. 157 (2004), Ken successfully navigated the issue of parental consent for the administration of blood products despite religious objection. In Monroe
v. Columbia Sunrise Hosp. and Med. Center,
158 P.3d 1008 (Nev. 2007), Ken successfully moved to dismiss a birth trauma case for failure to comply with a technical rule requiring the Plaintiff to get the case to trial within five years, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Ken provides risk management support for his clients and has spoken on numerous occasions at Grand Rounds for local hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. He is continually working with his clients to help them decrease their exposure to litigation through modification of their policies, practices and procedures.


Professional Background

Ken began his legal career in 1999 as an Associate with the law firm of Earley Savage. His early practice focused on general liability, premises liability, and construction defect litigation. In 2002, his practice focus shifted to the area of medical malpractice representing hospitals, other institutional clients, and various health care professionals.

 

Ken was identified by his peers as one of Nevada’s Top Lawyers. He was recently named as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in the practice area of medical malpractice litigation.

Ken has participated as a member of multiple committees charged with the responsibility of developing specific discovery practices and specialized jury instructions in the State of Nevada for medical malpractice cases.

Ken has achieved the highest rating possible by Martindale Hubbell’s peer review system.

 

Locations

Las Vegas, Nevada
1140 North Town Center Drive
Suite 350
702.889.6400
San Jose, California
111 North Market Street
Suite 300
408.645.6716
San Diego, California
1902 Wright Place
Suite 160
760.810.4445

As a member of the catastrophic trial team  Kenneth M. Webster is available to practice in all of our offices and across the country, on a case by case basis.

Education

Vermont Law School , J.D., Dean's Fellow 1998-1999 (1999)

University of Utah, B.S. (1996)

bar admissions

Nevada (1999)

California (2015)

Courts

U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (1999)

U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) (1999)

Professional and Community Organizations

Nevada State Bar Association