About Med Law Advisory Partners
Med Law Advisory Partners (formerly ALN Consulting) is a leading national provider of medical-legal consulting services, founded in 2002. For nearly 20 years, our team has been clinically led by licensed nurse and legal nurse consultant Alicia Davis. Our mission is to provide the necessary resources and expertise to ensure the delivery of ‘good medicine’ and preservation of health care for the greater good of society and for all people. Med Law Advisory Partners has a breadth of knowledge stemming from the vast and varied clinical experience of our team. As medical consultants, our highly skilled clinicians work with both health care systems and law firms to ensure positive outcomes in medical-legal matters.
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Alicia Davis, RN, LNCC
President & CEO
Alicia is the Founder and CEO of Med Law Advisory Partners, which provides a spectrum of medical-legal support services focused in the areas of healthcare and regulatory law. In 2002, Alicia founded ALN Consulting after a 15-year career in nursing. In 2020, Alicia merged ALN Consulting with her safe opioid prescribing venture, Med Law Advisory Partners, under the MedLaw name.
Our medical-legal team is comprised of highly experienced legal nurse consultants and dedicated support staff from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to a nursing degree, our registered nurses bring years of consulting expertise along with vast clinical experience in the areas of acute/critical care, long-term care, health systems management and many specialty areas within the nursing profession.
Michelle Quick is MedLaw’s Administrative Team Lead and the dependable hub that ensures the various moving parts of the organization run effectively. Her diverse responsibilities range from payroll and payables, intake and processing of records, to billing and collections. Prior to joining our company in 2013, she gained experience with Integrated Copyright Group (ICG) in the royalty department and as a data entry manager, overseeing a team responsible for issuing royalty payments to publishers and songwriters. Her plate-spinning expertise was further refined as the long-time nursery director at a local church. Michelle has a degree in Marketing and Management from Trevecca Nazarene University. She and her husband have two energetic daughters and an equally spirited Catahoula Leopard Dog. Her life philosophy is, “Count your blessings, name them one by one!”
LeAnne Smith, RN, LNCC
LeAnne Smith has practiced nursing for 26 years, with experience in critical care, medical-surgical nursing and dialysis. She has over 13 years of expertise involving complex medical-legal issues and has been board certified in Legal Nurse Consulting for nine years. Since joining Med Law Advisory Partners (former ALN Consulting), she has provided specialized medical-legal services related to medical malpractice, long-term care, personal injury, insurance underwriting and opioid investigations. She has also served as a Clinical Manager and Long-Term Care Team Leader.
Lisa Dalesandro, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN, CEN, CPN, LNCC
Lisa Dalesandro received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Paterson College and a post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate from Montclair State University. She attended Felician College’s graduate nursing program, and she is currently completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership at Rutgers University. Her more than 25-year clinical career has included critical care, medical-surgical care, and pediatric home care. She simultaneously served as an in-house legal nurse consultant and nurse paralegal for a prominent physician attorney in the New York metropolitan area and was involved in all aspects of medical malpractice, long-term care, personal injury, product liability, and other areas of litigation.
Ms. Dalesandro has been a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) since earning the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) credential in 2004. She is certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), and an RN-BC in Pediatric Nursing, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She continues to practice as a critical care registered nurse at a Level 1 trauma center in an inner-city teaching hospital in Newark, New Jersey.
Tory Palivoda, RN, BS, LNCC
Tory Palivoda, RN, BS, LNCC, has over 30 years of experience in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. Some of Tory’s career accomplishments include serving as a nursing assistant, unit manager, dementia care, MDS nurse, risk manager, Infection Control Preventionist, clinical educator, and ten years as a Director of Nursing. Tory is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) and serves on the Social Media Committee. She is also a board member of the Greater Orlando AALNC chapter. Tory earned her national board certification in legal nurse consulting through AALNC in 2020.
April Fox, RN
April Fox, RN, is the Records Manager for Med Law Advisory Partners. She began her nursing career in 2005 as a telemetry stepdown RN. In the years that followed, she gained extensive experience as the Assistant Director of Nursing in a long-term care facility, as well as roles in hospital case management, home health field case management, as a clinical documentation specialist, and at a long-term acute care hospital and hospital emergency room. April applied her years of clinical skills to develop competency in CMS compliance, coding, and various financial data applications of the health care system.
In 2015, she began a legal nurse consulting venture working in-house plaintiff. The following year she began working independently on plaintiff and defense cases. These experiences have grown her expertise in the areas of mass tort, workers compensation, personal injury, research, medical malpractice, and nursing home cases.
Maggie Williamson, RN, LNCC
Maggie Williamson, RN, has a 12-year nursing career including diverse inpatient and outpatient experience in the areas of Women’s Health, Labor and Delivery, High-Risk Pregnancy and Post-partum care, Pediatrics, Occupational Health/Workers Compensation, and School Nursing. Maggie has worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant specializing in Birth Injury and Women’s Health events, with experience in long-term care cases, general medical malpractice, and personal injury for both plaintiff and defense clients. Maggie lives outside of Chicago with her husband and 3 children.
Katherine Moran, JD, BSN, LNCC
Katherine Moran received her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Certificate in Health Law. Her interest in healthcare led her to pursue a BSN from New York University. She spent 8 years as a pediatric nurse in Chicago and Minneapolis, specializing in neurosurgery, neurology, endocrinology and hematology/oncology. She has worked as a legal nurse consultant since 2015, predominantly focused on long-term care and medical malpractice cases. Katherine lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two boys. She is a member of the Children’s Home and Aid Women’s Board, helping to raise money for community childcare centers in the Chicagoland area.
Lisa Hughes, RN
Lisa Hughes is a registered nurse of almost 30 years and has a varied nursing background including experience in medical surgical and orthopedic nursing, home health, long-term care, risk management, and Medicare clinical review. She served as the director of nursing services in a long-term care facility for over ten years and also served as the director of nursing and case manager for home health. Lisa has over eight years of risk management experience in long term care facilities nationally providing risk management consultations in Louisiana, New York, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
She has also performed medical record reviews for determination of Medicare recovery audit contractor (RAC) compliance and worked with a national firm in review of a large product liability class action. Lisa is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
Teressa Crawford, RN
Teressa Crawford has practiced as a registered nurse for almost 30 years. In her nearly 25 years of long-term care experience, she has served as director of nursing services and liability risk manager. Teressa has also worked in assisted living facilities as well as hospice and home health. Her legal nurse consulting career began in 2015, working as an independent consultant utilizing her long-term care experience. She also works with various product liability cases on a daily basis.
Janet Hilkemann, RN, MSHCA, LNCC
Janet Hilkemann brings more than 40 years of diverse experiences to her role as a legal nurse consultant. With a focus on risk management and patient safety, as an LNC, she has worked with a diverse group of healthcare organizations, attorneys, physicians, and professional liability insurance companies. Working with patients’ complaints from the beginning through the mediation or trial has been invaluable to her. Janet has promoted safe practices in hospitals, clinics, physician groups and long-term care facilities throughout the U.S. She has developed educational webinars and presented in classrooms, and at conferences nationally.
In addition to her nursing education, over the course of her career Janet has received certifications in psychiatric and mental health nursing, professional healthcare risk management, and legal nurse consulting. She has a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and an M.S. in Healthcare Administration.
Decades of clinical experience are essential in the analysis of healthcare claims. The Med Law Advisory team has more than 375 collective years of clinical expertise across more than fifteen disciplines. We are proud to be the leading providers in medical-legal consulting, with expertise in a range of specialties in clinical nursing experience, including acute/critical care, long-term care, health systems management and more.
How We Help
Med Law Advisory Partners’ legal nurse consultants provide law firms and legal departments with streamlined records review, informed opinions on standard of care, and consulting expert services in medical-legal cases. Having a legal nurse consultant review a case can give your legal team a clear, confident direction and a competitive edge.
Medical Record Review
The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is the current format for managing medical records and many facilities have programs that make sense when they are in use. However, printed versions of EMRs can be difficult to read and understand when focusing on the chronological order of medical events. Legal nurse consultants regularly study all forms of medical records and can help condense these complex documents into a simple and logical chronology.
Standard of Care
As a licensed registered nurse, every legal nurse consultant at Med Law Advisory Partners brings extensive medical industry experience to help you pinpoint the standard of care that applies to your legal case. We rely on our breadth and depth of knowledge when sorting through the various practice acts, regulatory sources, and scientific literature to find the most current and applicable standards for each individual case and set of circumstances.
As consulting experts, legal nurse consultants have influence within the medical field and their opinion is highly regarded in legal cases. Nurse consultants are often hired to explain complex medical pathology or judge the standard of care during a trial. We also find and utilize additional expert witnesses appropriate for specialized cases, saving time and money in legal proceedings.
Hiring a legal nurse consultant can save a law firm or legal department time and lead to more favorable outcomes. Using a specific process, the legal nurse consultants at Med Law Advisory Partners review medical records, create chronologies for extensive charts and records, provide medical research, and research the standard of care in a variety of disciplines. Nurse consultants handle cases efficiently by condensing massive amounts of information into readable data points.