Christy Tosh Crider


Baker Donelson
1600 West End Avenue
Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37203

Tel: 615.726.5608


Christy Tosh Crider is chair of Baker Donelson’s Health Care Litigation Group and the Women’s Initiative. She also founded the Firm’s Long Term Care Team and served as the leader for more than a decade. Christy concentrates her practice in health care litigation, managing the litigation of numerous health care facilities around the country, as well as serving as outside general counsel.

Christy provides counsel to health care companies on quality assurance, corporate compliance, general business advice and litigation avoidance challenging survey citations, and government investigations. She represents many health care related organizations, including organ procurement organizations and tissue banks, long term care providers, onsite health centers, and one of the largest behavioral health companies in the country.

During Christy’s tenure as the Women’s Initiative Chair, Baker Donelson has earned numerous recognitions as an exceptional workplace for women, including being named by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) to its “Best Law Firms for Women” list, and being ranked fifteenth nationally in diversity for women in the 2022 edition of Vault, Inc.‘s “Best Law Firms for Diversity.” The Firm was also recognized by the Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018 as a finalist in the category of Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion.

These national accolades are the culmination of years of Christy’s leadership. She has overseen numerous key initiatives, including the adoption of an industry-leading parental leave policy; implementation of a Firm-wide mentoring program for women; creating a program that awards business development grants to women attorneys; and a training program designed to help women attorneys achieve equity shareholder status. Christy was named a 2018 recipient of the A Great Place to Work® For All Leadership Award by FORTUNE magazine.

  • Led a team that successfully challenged a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Immediate Jeopardy citation for a long term care provider related to COVID-19 deaths.
  • Tried before an Administrative Law Judge and won a complete reversal of a CMS citation of Immediate Jeopardy against a long term care provider related to the monitoring for side effects of blood thinners.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict in arbitration for a nursing home client sued for a resident fall with a broken hip.
  • Resolved successfully a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for substandard care for a long term care provider after multi-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Tried successfully one of the only cases presented to the United Network for Organ Sharing governing body for an Organ Procurement Organization in New Mexico, securing reversal of an adverse action.
  • Assisted a long term care provider in negotiations with CMS resulting in a reduction in Civil Monetary Penalty of more than $1 million.
  • Provided advice on post-trial and appeal issues in a long term care punitive damages case involving an eight-figure verdict.
  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Supreme Court on an issue of first impression involving whether the existence of a durable power of attorney lifts the tolling of the statute of limitations for an incompetent resident.
  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and won an issue of first impression for long term care providers regarding whether the Tennessee Adult Protection Act applies to negligent care lawsuits filed against long term care providers which should fall within the scope of the Medical Malpractice Act.
  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals on an issue of first impression for long term care providers concerning the authority of a relative of a long term care resident to enter into an arbitration agreement on the resident’s behalf.
  • Presented oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals on an issue of first impression for long term care providers regarding whether a mandatory arbitration agreement with a 30-day revocation clause is a contract of adhesion, and whether a provision allowing the nursing home to sue in court for collection actions makes the arbitration agreement unconscionable.
  • Tried to a successful jury verdict the first long term care wrongful death case to go to verdict in more than a decade, for one of the largest privately owned nursing home chains in the country.
  • Achieved a full defense verdict in the second long term care medical malpractice case ever to go to arbitration in Tennessee.
  • Achieved a successful settlement during the defendant’s proof in the fourth long term care medical malpractice case ever to go to arbitration in Tennessee.
  • Successfully negotiated with a major national television network to remove incorrect and misleading pieces of a story before it aired for a tissue bank.
  • Successfully compelled to arbitration and dismissed from court several long term care wrongful death cases.
  • Won summary judgment in an apartment fire case.
  • Obtained the dismissal of all counts against long term care providers, except medical malpractice, in many wrongful death cases.
  • Successfully defended a wrongful death Dram Shop Act case.
  • Drafted arbitration agreements for dozens of long term care facilities and trained the facilities on how to use them.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Litigation (2018 – 2022)
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2019 Nashville Health Care Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense lawyer in Tennessee (2020, 2021)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal in Healthcare (2020)
  • Recipient – A Great Place to Work® For All Leadership Award by FORTUNE magazine (2018)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Health Care (2013 – 2021); listed as among the top 50 female attorneys in the Mid-South (2016, 2021); listed as among the top 50 attorneys in Nashville and top 100 attorneys in Tennessee (2016, 2021)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2008 – 2012)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Stars for Law Firms (2022)
  • Finalist – Chambers USA 2015 Women in Law Awards Outstanding Achievement Award (Private Practice)
  • Named as one of the “2015 Women to Watch” by The Nashville Medical News
  • Recipient – 2013 Women of Influence Award, Nashville Business Journal
  • Featured on the cover of the Nashville Medical News, In Charge Magazine (January 2013)
  • Finalist, Law Category – 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards
  • Named “Top 40 Professional in Tennessee Under 40,” Nashville Business Journal (2011)
  • Named “Health Care Hero Champion,” Nashville Business Journal (2011)
  • Named “Health Care 100” in Middle Tennessee, Nashville Business Journal (2004 – 2006)
  • Member – Nashville, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and American Bar Associations
  • Member – American Health Law Association (AHLA), Long Term Care Section
  • Best Oralist – Vanderbilt National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
  • Best Oralist – University of Arkansas Fall and Spring Moot Court Competition
  • Chair – University of Arkansas Trial Advocacy Team
  • Outstanding Graduate in Appellate Advocacy – University of Arkansas
  • Associate Member – Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) (2005 – present)
  • Chair – Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative (2014 – present)
  • Marketing Chair – Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative (2008 – 2014)
  • Chair – Baker Donelson Nashville Office Charitable Contributions Committee (2007 – 2014)
  • Advisory Board Member – Baker Donelson D&I Compact Committee (2020)
  • Member – Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) Vendor Committee

With more than 200 attorneys in 11 states and the District of Columbia serving the health care industry, Baker Donelson has one of the leading health care practices in the United States. Given the vast scope and complexity of the nation’s largest industry, our size, scale and collective experience give our clients a competitive advantage. Those clients are hiring a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team, a team that not only has experience in and detailed knowledge of health law, but also understands the complicated ways in which the industry operates.

The Baker Donelson Health Law Department is unique, not only in depth, but also design: it is structured according to our clients. Dedicated client teams focus on hospitals and health systems, long term care providers, ambulatory surgery centers, complex medical groups, end-stage renal disease, rehabilitation and the wide array of health enterprises that make up our health care ecosystem. By design, we are committed to developing a broad, detailed and intimate knowledge of the health care industry, and of the segments in which our clients work. We know the clients’ business because we are committed to living in their world.

Addressing the challenges of today’s health care environment is no small task, but Baker Donelson’s Health Law Department is uniquely prepared to take it on. Proficient in health law, knowledgeable about health law business, well-versed in regulatory issues and cognizant of the critical health policy being shaped, the goal of the Health Law Team is to become your trusted advisor and valued counselor.

For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.

Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 80th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments.