The Nursing Law Center

About Nurse Attorney Laurie Elston



 Laurie  R. Elston, B.S.N., J.D.,  received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from  Gonzaga University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in  Nursing from Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University. She  was also an editor and member of the Gonzaga Law Review.      



Legal Experience

As  an attorney, she has represented health care providers in malpractice  and licensing actions for over 25 years in Washington and California. She  is currently in private practice in California and handles various medical/legal matters.  She is a frequent lecturer and  consultant on medical-legal issues.  

Her legal experience includes serving as a Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem. She also taught tort law in the paralegal program at  the University of Washington. Finally, she was the original co-chair and developer of the "Nurses Law School." 


Recent Medical Malpractice Case Results

 Attorney Laurie Elston successfully represented a husband and wife who lost their full-term, healthy baby during a negligent delivery at a community hospital, and obtained the maximum amount available.

When the case was reviewed by the Medical Board, they suspended the obstetrician's license for a period of time and imposed other practice conditions.

We provide honest, aggressive service with attention to detail. Attorney Elston will handle the case personally (not an associate) and will keep you informed every step of the way. Contact us for your free case review by completing the form on our "legal consultation" page and sending it to us.

Professional Papers, Books, and Presentations



Author and Lecturer - "Legal Risks For Nurses” PESI national continuing education for health care providers (2616, 2017, 2018)
Author and Presenter - "Legal Aspects of Nursing” annual conference (1999 – present)
Author and Presenter - "Legal Nurse Consulting Training Course" yearly (2008 – present)
Author and Presenter - "Nursing Negligence and Employment Laws” SEIU Nurse 121 annual legal presentation (2013 - present)
Author and Presenter - "Legal Aspects of Nursing," St. Joseph Hospital/Dignity Health Systems (2016)
Author and Presenter - "Washington Nursing Law 2013" course
Author and Presenter - "Legal Aspects of Nursing," John Muir Hospital Systems (2013)
Author and Presenter - "Head Start Health Services and the Law,"  Los Angeles County Office of Education (2004)
Legal Workshop - California Nursing Law in Everyday Practices, Kindred Hospital, Los Angeles, CA (2004)
Legal Workshop - California Nursing Law in Everyday Practices, Kindred Hospital, Los Angeles, CA (2003)
Author and Speaker - "Legal and Ethical Issues in Workers  Compensation Case Management" CareMeridian, (2002) 
Author and Lecturer - "School Nursing Law in California," presentation for numerous California School Districts (2002)
Author and Lecturer - "Medical Ethics and the Law in Workers Compensation Case Management" CareMeridian (2001)
Author and Lecturer - "California School Nursing Law" presentation for California School Districts (2001)
Author and Lecturer - "Liability Issues in Ambulatory Surgical Care," Riverside, CA,  Community Surgi-Center (2000)
Author and Lecturer - "Telemedicine and Computerized Medical Records,'' Inland Northwest Perinatal Center Annual Meeting (1999)
Author and Lecturer - "California Nursing Law" 1999-present
Author and Lecturer - "Washington Nursing Law 1998" course
Co-Chair and Lecturer - "Nurses’ Law School," Seattle, Washington (1993 - 1997)
Group Facilitator - Nurse Expert Witness course (1989)