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Zuzana Ikels is a Partner in our Healthcare practice. Zuzana focuses on complex commercial disputes in healthcare and healthcare technology. She has successfully defended her clients against dozens of consumer class actions involving federal and state consumer protection statutes and privacy laws, the False Claims Act, and other complex business disputes.

Zuzana has an in-depth knowledge of IT and Big Data infrastructures including advising on electronic records and retention programs, privacy and consent policies, devising strategic e-discovery plans, database discovery and Big Data analytics. Through her extensive knowledge of federal and state statutes and regulations governing healthcare privacy and security, She devises creative and results-oriented legal strategies in high-stakes litigation. She has handled dozens of complex disputes and class actions involving federal and state competition, consumer protection statutes and other privacy-related laws. She frequently counsels, speaks and writes about privacy, interoperability, and harmonizing healthcare laws with digital health technology.

Publications

  • August 2019 - “Provider Beware: Arbitration Agreements in Healthcare Mobile Apps”, ABA Health
  • April 27, 2017 - “CNN Video Data Win Leaves Spokeo Door Open For App Users,” Law360
  • May 12, 2017 - “The Power of a Transparent and Broad Privacy Policy, Law360
  • August 12, 2016 - “Who Decides: arbitrator or judge?” California Daily Journal
  • June 29, 2016 - “Google's 3rd Circ. Win Keeps Door Ajar For Video Privacy Suits,” Law360
  • May 3, 2016 - Quoted in “App Users Get Privacy Lifeline In 1st Circ. VPPA Ruling,” Law360
  • March 17, 2016 - Quoted in “Home Depot Quickly Settled Its Data Breach Cases,” Corporate Counsel
  • November 25, 2015 - “How Can Mobile Apps Avoid the Complex Web of Privacy Statutes? Don’t Let a ‘Consumer’ Become Your ‘Subscriber’,” Law360 - Class Actions
  • August 4, 2015 - “Privacy Takeaways From The Neiman Marcus Breach Case,” Law 360
  • June 6, 2015 - “Highlights of the Class Cert Ruling in Yahoo Privacy Case,”  Law360
  • September 8, 2014 - “Rodarte, Star Wars And The Fair Use Doctrine,” Law360
  • May 10, 2010 - “E-Discovery as a Weapon,” The Recorder, No. 89
  • July 1, 2002 - “Electronic Discovery Issues For 2002: Requiring The Losing Party To Pay For The Costs Of Digital Discovery,” co-authored with Barbara Caulfield, Third Annual Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation

Speaking Engagements

  • November 9, 2018, “Antitrust Trends and Issues in the Healthcare Industry,” Alexis Gilman, Zuzana Ikels, and Gregory Jones. 
  • June 12, 2017, “Expert Testimony of the Future: Machine Leaning and How it Will Impact Litigation,” presented at the SF Bar Association Foundation, by Justin McCrary, Professor of Berkeley Law School and Zuzana S. Ikels. 
  • July 11, 2017, “When the Feds Are Away, the States will Play” – Presented by Zuzana Ikels and GIna Caya, the ACC Northern California Chapter of In-House Counsel.
  • March 14, 2017, “Ninth Circuit Broadens Whistleblower Protections, Circuits Split,” The Recorder.
  • October 10, 2017, “Developments in Privacy Law That Induce Insomnia,” 5th Annual Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • September 22, 2016, Incorporating a Privacy Program into Your Corporate Culture,” 4th Annual Women, Influence & Power in Law in Washington, D.C.
  • April 20, 2016, All the Cool Toys: When is Health Tech subject to Healthcare laws?“ Presented by Zuzana Ikels and Sidney Welch,  Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) 10th Annual Spring CLE Event: Welcome to the Jungle!
  • April 8, 2016, “Compliance Update: Issues You Need to Prepare for NOW,” 2016 California Society of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Meeting & Spring Seminar. 
  • 2015 Fall Seminar, “Emerging Tech-Enabled Solutions,” Presented by Jodie Daniel and Zuzana Ikels, California Society of Healthcare. 
  • October 25, 2015, A Reversal of Fortune: Living with FERA and the 60-Day Refund Rule,” co-presented with Judy Waltz and Wendy Weiss, Health Care Compliance Association - National Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute. 
  • September 29, 2015, “Litigation and Statistics, Practical Skills for Lawyers,” University of California Berkeley Law School.
  • January 17, 2015, “Fraud and Abuse - Year in Review,” co-presented with Jeffrey Fitzgerald, HCCA Webinar. 
Full Bio

Credentials

J.D., University of Michigan Law School

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

American Constitution Society, Bay Area Chapter, 2009-2011

American Health Lawyers Association

Bar Association of San Francisco, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section. 2016-2019

Barrister Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, 2011-2014

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Selected as one of California's "Top 20 Under 40" in 2012


California Daily Journal

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, and Top Northern California Women Atto


2013-present

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Recognition

Selected as one of California's "Top 20 Under 40" in 2012


California Daily Journal

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, and Top Northern California Women Atto


2013-present

Matters

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California. 

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California

Represented one of the largest national providers of healthcare services against a novel, corporate negligence theory in medical malpractice case.

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Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California. 

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California

Represented one of the largest national providers of healthcare services against a novel, corporate negligence theory in medical malpractice case.

Obtained dismissal of out-of-state hospital in a qui tam action, alleging insurance billing fraud and kickbacks.

Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a physician's lawsuit regarding a medical staff privileging decision.

Obtained dismissal of a putative TCPA lawsuit in the Southern District of California on the grounds that the plaintiff, a serial filer, solicited and invited solicitations and telemarketing calls.  

Matters

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California. 

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California

Represented one of the largest national providers of healthcare services against a novel, corporate negligence theory in medical malpractice case.

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Matters

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California. 

Representing a hospital in several qui tam actions in California state court; Relators are individuals and insurance carriers asserting violations of California

Represented one of the largest national providers of healthcare services against a novel, corporate negligence theory in medical malpractice case.

Obtained dismissal of out-of-state hospital in a qui tam action, alleging insurance billing fraud and kickbacks.

Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a physician's lawsuit regarding a medical staff privileging decision.

Obtained dismissal of a putative TCPA lawsuit in the Southern District of California on the grounds that the plaintiff, a serial filer, solicited and invited solicitations and telemarketing calls.  

Credentials

J.D., University of Michigan Law School

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

American Constitution Society, Bay Area Chapter, 2009-2011

American Health Lawyers Association

Bar Association of San Francisco, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section. 2016-2019

Barrister Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, 2011-2014

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Selected as one of California's "Top 20 Under 40" in 2012


California Daily Journal

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, and Top Northern California Women Atto


2013-present

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Recognition

Selected as one of California's "Top 20 Under 40" in 2012


California Daily Journal

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, and Top Northern California Women Atto


2013-present