Connie (Elkins) McKelvey


Lindsay Hart LLP
1300 SW 5th Ave, Suite 3400
Portland, OR 97201
United States

Tel: 503 226 7677


Connie is a Shareholder with Lindsay Hart LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Her practice focuses on the defense of professionals including physicians, medical clinics, mental health providers, nurses dentists and hospitals as well as attorneys and law firms.

She has tried to defense verdict numerous professional liability claims. She also assists clients outside the courtroom, including professional liability risk management, representation before health care licensing boards, medical staff governance and operations, credentialing, professional peer review, regulatory issues, HIPAA and other privacy law compliance, and employment contract and contract disputes. She has specialty training and experience as a hearings officer for medical staff fair hearings.

Connie is perhaps best known for her representation of licensed health professionals before licensing boards in Oregon and Washington. She is frequently retained to represent healthcare providers in connection with complex legal matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct, boundary violations or potential criminal conduct. In those cases, she often works closely with criminal defense attorneys to secure the best possible outcome for her clients.

Connie has been regularly endorsed as one of the top lawyers nationwide by the most respected peer review organizations in the nation including Martindale-Hubbell, the Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Superlawyers. In 2021 her peers recognized her as Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year for Health Care Law and in 2022 they recognized her as Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Law- Defendants.

Connie has a special interest in alternative dispute resolution of professional liability claims and is certified by the American Health Lawyers Association as Dispute Resolution Neutral which gives her the opportunity to resolve disputes involving health care providers, including disagreements between hospitals and clinics, disputes between providers, and pre-litigation resolution of claims by patients against health care providers. She is interested in expanding her practice to mediation of all types of claims. During COVID-19 she underwent extensive mediation training through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.

Connie has authored or contributed to numerous health law publications including the Health Professional Licensing & Enforcement Chapter of the Oregon Administrative Law publication and the Medical Staff & Communicable Disease Chapters of the Oregon Health Law Manual. She is also a frequent speaker to professional groups regarding professional liability issues.

Our health law attorneys bring decades of experience advising healthcare providers and institutions on the increasingly complex regulation of healthcare. We provide comprehensive legal services to our healthcare clients including assistance with business operations and compliance.

The firm’s work in the health law group has included:

  • Medical staff bylaws
  • Risk management for hospitals and clinics
  • Disciplinary proceedings and corrective action procedures
  • Physician Recruitment Agreements
  • Provider employment contracts
  • HIPAA compliance, breach investigation and reporting
  • State and federal privacy law compliance
  • No Surprises Act and Information Blocking Rule compliance
  • Private practice and clinic set-up including drafting and review of practice policies and manuals
  • Employment matters specific to healthcare clients
  • Credentialing and licensing
  • Peer Review and Fair Hearings
  • Telemedicine

Lindsay Hart’s health law attorneys regularly assist clients with a full range of health law issues from regulatory compliance to policy development and serving as general counsel. Our clients have included hospitals and health systems, long-term care and assisted living facilities, physician clinics, wellness centers, aesthetic medicine practices and medical spas, dieticians, naturopathic, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner offices, laboratories, pharmacies, imaging centers, chiropractic offices and mental health provider offices. To find out how we can help you with your legal needs, contact one of our experienced health law attorneys.

Located in Portland, Oregon, the attorneys of Lindsay Hart offer a full range of experienced litigation services to companies, public entities, and individuals. Founded in 1937, our firm takes great pride in our history of successful client representation in state and federal courts.

In addition to being educated and trained at the nation’s finest law schools, our attorneys are members, presenters, and board members for industry associations in which they practice.

Lindsay Hart was founded on the philosophy of providing our clients excellent service while upholding the highest standards of the legal profession. More than 80 years later, strong relationships with our clients remains the cornerstone of our practice. We work closely with our clients to develop litigation strategies, objectives, and budgets to ensure the services we provide are cost effective and contribute to the client’s interests moving forward.

Our firm carefully manages your matter from the initial pleadings through discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial in a manner that is both cost effective and reflective of your goals. Whether your legal issue is simple or complex, Lindsay Hart is your best, first step toward obtaining a successful result.