Jan M. Vernon

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers

Of Counsel

Oahu (Honolulu) 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813

About Jan

Jan Vernon’s practice is primarily focused on defending hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurses and other healthcare providers against malpractice claims. As a registered nurse and nationally certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, she is uniquely qualified to collaborate with her clients and guide them through the stressful litigation process.

Vernon also counsels healthcare clients in the areas of medical risk management, credentialing, peer review, healthcare quality improvement issues, medical records management and HIPAA concerns. In addition, she frequently lectures and provides training seminars on a variety of medical/legal topics, such as patient communication and charting, healthcare decision-making for incapacitated patients and minors, informed consent and apologizing for medical errors.

Practice Areas

Other Areas

Additional Information

Litigation
  • Medical malpractice and professional liability defense
  • Medical malpractice products liability defense
  • Personal injury defense
Healthcare
  • Medical risk management (seminars, advising, and development of risk-prevention policies)
  • Credentialing, peer review, and health care quality improvement issues
  • Medical records confidentiality and HIPAA concerns
  • Record-keeping practices
  • Training physicians to give effective testimony in legal settings (and providing stress management seminars for providers in medical-legal cases)
  • Administrative law (for matters before the Board of Medical Examiners)
Admitted to Practice
  • Hawai`i
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • DRI
  • Hawai`i Women Lawyers
  • Colorado Bar Association
Teaching Positions & Lectures
  • Lecturer, “Analyzing Medical Records for the Colorado Paralegal” (July 1996, 1997)
  • Lecturer, “Analyzing Medical Records for the Hawai`i Paralegal (September 2002, October 2003)
  • Lecturer, “Hawai`i Nursing Law Update” (April 2001)
  • Lecturer, “Hot Topics in Health Care in Hawai`i” (October 2005)
Publications
  • Editor, legal column, “Neonatal Network” (a national publication for neonatal nurses)
    • 1997-1999 (published four articles involving a variety of medical/legal issues)
Presentations
  • “Legal Consequences of HIPAA Violations” – Pearl City Nursing Home staff, April 19, 2011
  • “Legal Learnings: Risky Business” – Kaiser Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, April 8, 2011
  • “Noncompliant and Problem Patients: How to Protect Patients and Providers” – Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation risk managers annual meeting, Feb. 25, 2011
  • “Apologizing for Medical Errors” – Castle Medical Center medical staff, June 8, 2010
  • “Legal Perspectives On Patient Communication and Charting” – Shriner’s Hospital Medical Staff, April 27, 2010
  • “Legal Perspectives On Patient Communication and Charting” – Wilcox Hospital Medical Staff, April 26, 2010
  • “HITECH Survival Guide for Providers” – Pali Momi Medical Center Staff, February, 3, 2010
  • “Legal Perspectives On Patient Communication and Charting” – Straub Hospital Medical Staff, January 29, 2010
  • “Health Care Decisions for the Incapacitated Patient” – Hawai`i Perianesthesia Nurses Annual Conference, October 24, 2009
  • “Misuse of Medical Records and the Consequences” – Hawai`i Assoc. of Healthcare Risk Management, September 29, 2009
  • “Legal Perspectives on Patient Communication and Charting” – Kapiolani Medical Center, September 29, 2009
  • “Health Care Decision Making for the Incapacitated Patient” – Castle Medical Center, June 16, 2009
  • “Caring for the Incapacitated Patient” – Castle Medical Center, April 14, 2009
  • “The Importance of Documentation in the Dental Office” – University of Hawai`i, Manoa, November 17, 2008
  • “Documentation and Quality Assurance” – Annual Patient Safety Training Class, Pearl City Nursing Home, October 29, 2008
  • “Do’s and Don’ts of Apologizing and Investigation of Medical Errors” – Hawai`i Perianesthesia Nurses Annual Conference, October 25, 2008
  • “Charting and Documentation” – Queen’s Medical Center Nurse Orientation Class, March 5, 2008
  • “Apologizing and Investigating Medical Errors” – Hawai`i Pacific Health, Inc. Risk Managers Annual Meeting, February 2, 2008
  • “Informed Consent: Legal Duties, Strategies and Documentation” – Hawai`i Perianesthesia Nurses Annual Conference, October 20, 2007
  • “Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Claim” – Hawai`i Perianesthesia Nurses Annual Conference, October 21, 2006
  • “Documentation and Patient Safety” éˆ¥?Annual Patient Safety Training Class, Pearl City Nursing Home, June, 2006.
  • “Medical Records: Retention, Charting and Medical/Legal Strategies” – Hawai`i Perianesthesia Nurses Annual Conference, October 15, 2005
  • “Minors’ Rights to Consent to Health Care” and “Legal Strategies for Medical Records Retention and Charting” – Lorman Education Services seminars to nurses and paralegals, October 5, 2005
  • “A Case of Medication Interaction” – Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center Quarterly Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, September 4, 2005
  • “Hawaii Nursing Law Update” – National Business Institute Seminar for Paralegals, Nurses and Attorneys, April, 2005
  • “Nursing Law in Hawaii” – National Business Institute Seminar for Paralegals, Nurses and Attorneys, April, 2001
Awards and Recognition
  • American Jurisprudence Awards (first in law school class) in Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Law
  • Selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who in American Law School Students,” for all three academic years (1991-1994)
Education
  • University of Denver, College of Law (J.D.1994)
  • University of Colorado (M.S.N. 1980)
  • University of Northern Colorado (B.S.N. 1976)
  • Registered nurse, active license (Hawai`I and Colorado)
  • Nationally certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (1983-present)
Past Positions
  • Tilly & Graves, P.C.
    •  Associate (1995-1999)
  • The Honorable Claus J. Hume, Colorado Court of Appeals
    • Clerkship (1994-1995)
Other Practice Areas
  • Medical Products Liability