Legal Nurse Consultants

Donna Featherston, RN, LNCC
Donna began her nursing career in 1985 as a nurse in general neurology, neurological ICU and neuroradiology at Barrow Neurological Institute. She went on to accept a position in the Legal Department of Samaritan Health System, now Banner Health, and began her career as a legal nurse consultant. Donna earned her certification in healthcare risk management from a capstone program offered by MMI Companies and the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1994. She was among the first nurses to become certified as a legal nurse consultant (LNCC) during the inaugural testing in 1998. Donna ran her own consulting practice, From 1999-2012, Donna operated a consulting firm, MedLaw Discovery Services, which offered services to both hospital and law firm clients in professional and general liability claims investigation, healthcare risk management services, medical litigation support and computerized trial support. She was employed by Banner Health Risk Management from 2012-2014 as a Risk Management consultant with a focus on loss prevention and claims management for employed and insured physicians. She joined the Checkett Law Firm in late 2014 and currently supports the firm in all medical aspects of hospital, long term care and physician defense.

Ann O’Connor, RN
Ann joined The Checkett Law Firm in 2012. She was previously employed by a major hospital system in Arizona in the Risk Management Department as well as working for many years for other medical defense law firms in the Phoenix area. Ann is a seasoned medical-legal nurse consultant who carefully scrutinizes volumes of medical records and provides summary medical chronologies along with identification of alleged and potential medical issues impacting the defense. Ann has extensive experience in handling medical-legal issues related to medical malpractice, involving acute and long-term care or other cases involving medical care and treatment. She has been a licensed nurse in Arizona since 1980 and has been licensed in Illinois since 1976.

Margaret Snyder, RN, BSN
Margie joined The Checkett Law Firm in 2015 after a ten year career as a Clinical Research Nurse conducting oncology trials in the community setting. She managed industry, cooperative group and physician sponsored trials and coordinated all aspects from enrollment to long term follow-up. She is also a Certified Breast Patient Navigator having served as a liaison between patient and healthcare provider while developing an Interdisciplinary Breast Clinic. She has collaborated with breast cancer centers across the US where the study results have been both published and presented at major breast conferences. Margie assists our attorneys by analyzing and summarizing pertinent medical records and identifying medical issues affecting the defense of our healthcare clients.

Tiffany Fotinos, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CLNC
Tiffany is an independent contract legal nurse consultant who assists The Checkett Law Firm on various medical malpractice cases. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from Grand Canyon University in 1999, her Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) from Arizona State University in 2006 and her Family Nurse Practitioner license in 2006. She has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2006 and has been a Clinical Preceptor at the Arizona State University College of Nursing since 2012. As an Advanced Practice Nurse with the State of Arizona, she adds an additional area of nursing expertise to the defense of our health care provider clients.