University of Oklahoma College of Law
Erin A. Dewberry
ERIN A. DEWBERRY was born in Bixby, Oklahoma, and attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law on an academic scholarship. She competed on multiple trial advocacy and arbitration teams throughout the country and was awarded the Moot Court Speaking Award for excellence in oral advocacy. Ms. Dewberry was selected as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Charles Johnson on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 2005.
Since receiving her degree, Ms. Dewberry has worked primarily in medical malpractice defense, including the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses, paramedics, long term care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers. She has vast experience representing health care professionals and is a regularly featured speaker on issues such as informed consent, health care proxy, medical charting, dealing with disruptive patients, and deposition strategy. Ms. Dewberry’s practice also includes employment law and product liability litigation.
Ms. Dewberry also has experience first chairing catastrophic injury claims as lead counsel. Among her achievements, she has been selected by her peers to the Oklahoma Super Lawyer “Rising Star” list and is rated an “AV” Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019, she was recognized as the “10 Best Attorneys” under forty in Oklahoma by the American Institute of Personal Injury attorneys. Ms. Dewberry is an active member of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, International Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute.
Ms. Dewberry resides in Oklahoma City with her family.
Jennings v. Badgett; 2010 OK 7 (Okla. 2010). Supreme Court of Oklahoma opinion establishing that a physician-patient relationship is an indispensable element of a medical malpractice claim against a physician.
Lee v. Bueno; 2016 OK 97 (Okla. 2016). Supreme Court of Oklahoma opinion upholding the constitutionality of the “paid vs incurred” legislation and limiting the admissibility of evidence of medical costs in personal injury actions to what was paid.
Beason v. Miller; (Case No. 114,301). Ms. Dewberry authored the Amicus brief(s) on behalf of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel in this Oklahoma Supreme Court case.
“How to Provide Culturally Competent Care” – 2021 Explore Healthcare Summit
“The Millennial Juror” – Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
“Oklahoma Telemedicine Law”
“Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit”
- Birth injury case where plaintiff sought to recover over $13,000,000 in economic damages in addition to an unspecified amount in non-economic damages and punitive damages. After eight days of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Dewberry obtains defense verdict in a birth injury case where plaintiff alleged the wrongful death of a ten-day-old child. The trial lasted eight days.
- Dewberry defends a plastic surgery case where plaintiff alleged medical negligence. Plaintiff’s expert was a local treating surgeon. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- In a medical negligence case where plaintiff alleged wrongful mastectomy of normal breasts, Dewberry represented the surgical oncologist. She won a defense verdict.
- In a complicated medical negligence case against a hospital and paramedics, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Dewberry defends vascular surgeon and receives defense verdict from jury.
- In a medical negligence case against a surgeon, Dewberry won a defense verdict.
- Plaintiff brought a medical negligence and wrongful death claim against a hospital represented by Dewberry. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- Medical negligence and wrongful death case where plaintiff alleged $16,000,000 in damages against paramedics. The offer of judgment made prior to trial was rejected and the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Dewberry was lead counsel in a medical negligence case where Plaintiff sustained arterial injury during anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- Dewberry obtains defense verdict in a medical negligence case where plaintiff sustained injury to aorta during pericardiocentesis.
- In a case where plaintiff alleged defendants care necessitated a heart transplant in an 18-year-old patient, plaintiff claimed over $1.5 million in medical expenses, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and future care. The jury returned a defense verdict in Oklahoma County.