Leonard & Lyde

Applying 67 years of combined experience

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Firm Overview

At Leonard & Lyde, particular emphasis is placed on the exhaustive analysis and thorough preparation of medical issues. Toward this end, the firm actively seeks out and cultivates ongoing relationships with preeminent medical consultants, in both clinical and didactic settings. Leonard & Lyde also maintains an extensive biomedical library and select anatomical models to ensure the effective presentation of medical concepts and procedures. With their 67 years of combined experience, Leonard & Lyde attorneys can produce strategic and workable solutions for your legal matter in a timely and efficient manner.

Keeping informed of significant issues:
Leonard & Lyde maintains its ties with the medical community by regular attendance at peer review meetings. This serves as an invaluable adjunct in the evaluation and preparation of cases and also provides insight into the contours of medical practice within a particular community.

A collaborative environment:
Leonard & Lyde places a premium on continual feedback from both the physician-client and the liability insurer. Recognizing that the direction of a case is best determined through the collective input of all concerned, constant communication is maintained with both the physician and insurer during all phases of litigation.

Where diversity and mutual respect are standard practice:
Leonard & Lyde anticipates that its future growth will continue to parallel the gradual increase in the size, diversity and sophistication of the medical community in rural Northern California. Above all, Leonard & Lyde remains dedicated to its tradition of absolute commitment to its physician clients and the medical community at large.
Main Office

Main Office
1600 Humboldt Road Suite 1
Chico  CA  95928

Phone
  • (530) 345-3494
Fax
  • (530) 345-0460
Medical Malpractice
Tenacious California Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys
Licensed healthcare providers accused of harming or even killing their patients often face a physically exhausting and emotionally devastating process to clear their names. The attorneys at Leonard & Lyde in Chico have represented medical professionals in malpractice lawsuits since 1954. They take pride in their track record of mitigating the damage to their clients' professional reputations as well as losses to their insurers. If you are a medical care provider charged with negligence, you deserve the most vigorous defense possible to secure your good name, your livelihood and your professional license. Leonard & Lyde has experience in medical malpractice defense across a broad spectrum of areas, including such frequently litigated matters as:
-Birth injury
-Failure to diagnose
-Ignoring warning signs
-Neglecting to order tests
-Misreading test results
-Misdiagnosis
-Delayed diagnosis
-Surgical mistakes
-Prescription mistakes
- Wrong medication
- Wrong dosage
-Failure to adhere to standards
-Equipment misuse

Experts by your side:
Medical malpractice cases require attorneys to have specific knowledge about both law and complex issues related to medical terminology, treatment and technology. The lawyers at Leonard & Lyde have established professional relationships with leading physicians, pharmacists and other medical experts who assist us in offering the staunch defense you require.

The attorneys at Leonard & Lyde have worked with many major insurers looking for aggressive litigators. As a result, our firm has defended a wide array of licensed medical specialties, including:
-Emergency services
-Surgery
-Orthopedics
-Psychiatry
-Anesthesiology
-Obstetrics and gynecology
-Neurology and neurosurgery
-Neonatology
-Plastic surgery
-Oncology
-Ophthalmology

Our attorneys also defend dentists, dental surgeons, chiropractors, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and many other licensed professionals.

Cost-effective representation assuring due process
Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating and arbitrating settlements, litigating trials and appeals, and representing professionals before state licensing boards. Their in-depth knowledge often allows us to arrive at beneficial resolutions in a timely manner.

Jennifer C. Kurlan

Attorney

Practice areas:
-Civil litigation
-Professional liability defense
-Commercial real estate litigation
-Business litigation
-Medical malpractice

Admitted:
-California, 1999
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1999
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1999
-U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1999
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1999

Education:
University of San Diego, J.D.

Associations and memberships:
-Butte County Bar Association
-State Bar of California
-Butte County Women Lawyers and Judges Association
Education
  • University of San Diego
    Juris Doctorate

Dorsett Marc Lyde

Partner

Practice areas:
-Professional liability defense
-Insurance defense
-Business law
-Health care
-Personal injury
-Medical liability

Admitted:
California, 1988

Education:
University of San Diego, J.D.

Associations and memberships:
-Butte County Bar Association
-State Bar of California
-Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and
Nevada
-California Medical Legal Committee
-ABOTA

Biographical details:
Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic, Santa Barbara County, California, 1981-1984
Author, "Wickline V. State: The Emerging Liability of Third Party Health Care Payors," 24.4 San Diego Law Review, 1987
Education
  • University of San Diego
    Juris Doctorate

Maria Lathrop Winter

Attorney

Practice areas:
-Professional liability defense
-Family law
-Medical malpractice

Admitted:
-California, 1994
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1994

Education:
American College of Law, J.D.

Associations and memberships:
-State Bar of California
-Butte County Women Lawyers and Judges Association

Biographical details:
Recipient, Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Fellowships, 1992, 1993

Michael G. Gallert

Attorney

Practice areas:
-Professional liability defense
-Insurance defense
-Personal injury

Admitted:
-Wisconsin, 2000
-California, 2001

Education:
Marquette University, J.D.

Associations and memberships:
-State Bar of Wisconsin
-State Bar of California
-Butte County Bar Association
Education
  • Marquette University
    Juris Doctorate
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