Barbara A. Shickich,





Barbara heads the firm’s Health Care practice group. Barbara has been practicing health care law since 1980 and provides valuable expertise to hospitals, integrated health systems, health care providers, health carriers and provider networks dealing with the ever-changing business of health care. Barbara often serves her clients in the role of general counsel. She provides a full range of health care business advice, including formation and operation, nonprofit and tax-exempt status, governance, federal, state and local regulatory and compliance issues, and transactions, including joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Her practice includes certificate of need disputes, medical staff and peer review issues, and legislation. She is a frequent speaker on health care legal issues.

“Clinical Enterprise Risk Management,” client presentation, June 25, 2015


“Financial Assistance at Washington State Hospitals (State charity care law and Federal 501(r) regulations),” Washington State Hospital Association webcast, July 1, 2015


“Impact of the ACA on Hospitals,” Northwest Organization of Health Law Advocates CLE The Affordable Care Act. Health Care Reform is Here. What Comes Next, November 15, 2013


“Check Up on Washington State Peer Review and Quality Improvement Laws,” Washington State Hospital Association webcast, October 25, 2013


“Peer Review is Ailing: What’s the Prescription,” Washington State Hospital Association webcast, December 7, 2012


“Legal Consideration in Setting Executive Compensation,” Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, September 27, 2012


Co-author, “Executive Compensation in Washington State Hospitals and Health Systems,” (T. Briley and C. Whiteaker ed., Washington State Hospital Association 2012)


Author, “Legal Characteristics of the Health Maintenance Organization”, in Health Care Facilities Law (A. Delliger ed. 1991, and Supp. 1992)

Barbara has been named one of Seattle’s “Top Lawyers” by Seattle Magazine, recognized as a Washington Top 50 Women attorney, and a Washington Super Lawyer®. She has been recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America” for ten years, “2017 Best Lawyer”, and as “2016 Best Lawyer of the Year in Health Care in Seattle” by Best Lawyers. Barbara has achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.





Barbara is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Neighborcare Health (an FQHC). She is a past President of the Board of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, past Chair of the Group Health Foundation Board, and past member of the Market Foundation Board of Directors.

Barbara received her B.A. from Washington State University, summa cum laude, in 1975, and her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1978 as a Root Tilden Scholar. She is admitted to practice in Washington and Wyoming, in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Barbara Shickich Elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Neighborcare Health

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Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

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Best Lawyers at Riddell Williams

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Barbara Shickich Wins WA State Supreme Court Victory

Barbara Shickich, joining with attorneys from Davis Wright to represent the Washington State Hospital Association, convinced the Washington State Supreme Court to invalidate the state Department of Health’s … read more

HHS/OCR and Massachusetts Physician Practice Enter into HIPAA Resolution Agreement

The first settlement involving a covered entity’s failure to establish and implement policies and procedures addressing the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule was entered into on December 24, 2013 between … read more

A Guided Tour Through the Jungles of Health Care Reform and IRC Section 409A

Presentation date June 29, 2010 Health Care Reform: Employer-sponsored group health plan changes and effective dates Special small business provisions; and Support for wellness programs. IRC Section 409A: … read more