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Sheryl K. Bridges

Special Counsel
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Sheryl Bridges is Special Counsel at Caplan & Earnest. She is an experienced attorney who specializes in health care law.

Sheryl’s practice focuses on the representation of health care professionals including physicians, nurses, mental health providers, dentists, physical therapists, and more. She has extensive experience representing licensees before their licensing bodies, starting at the point of initial inquiry by the licensing body and/or analysis of a self-report obligation all the way through to a hearing in Colorado’s administrative courts. Sheryl is skilled at mediating and negotiating, something she frequently uses in her representation of licensed health care professionals. She understands the nuances of the various disciplines in which her clients work and looks at each case individually with an eye toward reaching the best possible outcome.

Sheryl also has extensive litigation and counseling experience outside of the licensing arena. Her litigation experience includes representation of health care professionals and others in state and federal courts, in the appellate courts, and in arbitration. Representative case types include medical malpractice, contractual disputes, premises liability, and civil theft. Sheryl also provides her clients with general-counsel type services, assisting with subpoena responses, HIPAA considerations, and other health care-related issues that may arise. In addition, Sheryl has experience representing both licensees and hospitals in the professional review setting.

Sheryl has given numerous presentations on various topics related to her areas of expertise and has been recognized as both a Rising Star and a Super Lawyer. Sheryl volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), which allows her to utilize her Spanish skills while advocating on behalf of those who may be unable to do so themselves. She further engages with her community as a member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Sheryl enjoys playing the piano and flute, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Education 

  • George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, J.D.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A. in Spanish for the Professions 

Professional Credentials & Memberships 

  • Admitted to practice law in Colorado
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District Court of Colorado and the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards 

  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Healthcare, 2019-2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice (Defense), 2018-2020

Presentations 

  • “Collateral Consequences for the Healthcare Professional” (April 2021)
  • “Fraud and Abuse Update” (August 2019)
  • “Update of Expectations for the Opioid Prescriber” (2018)
  • “Medical Malpractice Developments in 2016” (February 2017)
  • “Contingency Planning for Unavailable Medical Records” (December 2015)
  • “Employment Decisions and Documentation” (July 2015)
  • “Medical Malpractice Litigation” (January 2014)
  • “Medical Records Law in Colorado” (June and October 2013)
  • “Practicing with Professionalism” (August 2009, 2010)

Pro Bono & Community Activities 

  • Volunteer Attorney, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)
  • Trustee, Escuela de Guadalupe, 2012-2019
  • Past Mentor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Mentoring Program
  • Past Volunteer Judge, University of Denver Sturm College of Law legal competitions
  • Mentor, 2015 Colorado Defense Lawyers Association of Trial Academy 
  • Member, Admissions Committee for the University of Colorado School of Medicine

News & Published Works 

  • Medical Malpractice Law Chapter, Annual Survey of Colorado Law, Co-author, 2014 & 2015
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