Mary E. Christopher


P: 785.233.0593

Mary E. Christopher received her Juris Doctor in 2001. She graduated with honors from Washburn University School of Law. She was a Washburn Law School President’s Scholar and served as Notes Editor of the Washburn Law Journal. She previously received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors organization.

Ms. Christopher served as Research Attorney for the Honorable Bob Abbott of the Kansas Supreme Court and worked for the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund as Staff Attorney.

Ms. Christopher has authored many articles including, Gambling with Settlement Proceeds: Confidentiality after Amos v. Commissioner (77 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 4, April 2008), Liquidated Damages – When is the Claimant Entitled to Prejudgment Interest? (73 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 14, May 2004), and Note: Time to Bite the Bullet: A Look at State Implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (40 Washburn Law Journal 480, 2001).  She has also authored a number of articles on heath care related topics for Greater Kansas MD News.

Ms. Christopher is a member of the Board of Directors for Let’s Help, Inc., and is a member and a past president of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka.  She is also a member of the Topeka and Kansas Bar Associations, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, American Health Lawyers Association, Kansas Women Attorney Association, and is a graduate of the 2012 class of Leadership Greater Topeka.

Ms. Christopher is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas. She joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer in 2008. Her primary areas of practice are civil litigation, appellate practice, health care law, and business transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Compliance Issues
  • Lobbying and Advocacy Before Local State and Federal Agencies and Governmental Bodies
  • Insurance Law and Defense
  • Regulatory, Audit and Corporate Compliance
  • Representation of Physicians, Clinics, Hospitals, Joint Ventures, Nursing Ventures, Long Term Care Facilities
  • Peer Review, Risk Management and Board and Medical Staff Governance
  • Provider Reimbursement
  • Defense of Administrative Actions and Recoupments
  • Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Defense
  • Health Care, Business and Employment Law Litigation
  • Health Care and Hospital Law
  • Professional Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • Health Care Reimbursement
  • Administrative Actions and Appeals, Judicial Review and Appellate Practice
  • Defense of Regulatory or Enforcement Actions
  • EEOC/Employment Discrimination Defense
  • Corporate, Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Real Estate Issues
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)

Appellate Cases

  • Macias v. Correct Care Solutions, Inc., et al., No. 113,206, ___ Kan.App.2d. ___, ___ P.3d ___, (February 12, 2016) (holding screening panel proceeding does not result in final appealable decision thus appellate court lacks jurisdiction for review; sole statutory remedy afforded is to proceed with civil action).