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Areas of Practice

Overseen by Vice Chancellor John Huffaker, the services provided by the Office of General Counsel cover a broad spectrum of issues affecting the entire organization and its students and employees. A team of attorneys and professionals offer the following areas of practice: 

Medical Malpractice Litigation

The Office of General Counsel maintains a staff of attorneys and assistants specifically assigned to the analysis and management of medical liability claims. The office reviews and evaluates potential claims that are reported to office attorneys and acts proactively before litigation is filed in some reported cases. The General Counsel’s office also actively participates in claims prevention efforts and programs. When claims do become lawsuits, the Office of General Counsel actively manages and assists in defense of the case working with the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas which provides lead trial counsel. For more information, contact Joanna Harkey, William Webster or Renee Posey.

Patient Care

The Office of General Counsel advises medical care providers on patient care issues including consent issues, termination of care, confidentiality, end-of-life care, emergency detentions, patient complaints and medical records documentation. For more information, contact Joanna Harkey or William Webster.

Services

 

Staff

Attorneys
3601 4th Street, 2B137, MS 6237
Lubbock, Texas 79430
806.743.9921
F: 806.743.9925

Joanna Harkey, JD
Managing Attorney, Professional Liability Division

Renee Posey, JD
Associate General Counsel

Support Staff
Sheila Robinson
Unit Assistant Director

Kathleen Pruitt
Administrative Assistant

Attorneys
4800 Alberta Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79905
915.215.4435
F: 915.545.6564

William W. "Billy" Webster II, JD
Associate General Counsel

Support Staff
Catherine (Cathy) Olivas
Legal Assistant
915.915.4437

Bianka Oliver
Senior Business Assistant
915.215.6287

Amarillo & Lubbock 
Suzanne Komarek, RN, MSN, CPHRM
Director – Claims Management
3601 4th Street, Stop 6237
Suite 2B137
Lubbock, Texas 79430
806.743.9921F: 806.743.9925

El Paso
Beverly Munoz, RN, BSN, CPHRM
Director – Claims Management
4800 Alberta Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79905
915.215.6586
F: 915.215.5110

Odessa
Veronica Contreras, RN
Risk Manager / Employee Health
800 West 4th Street
Odessa, Texas 79763
432.335.5151
F: 432.335.-5353