Lisa McDougall

Of Counsel Buffalo

Lisa focuses her practice on health care matters, including compliance issues, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, advance planning directives and end-of-life decision making, information management and “e-health.”

She also advises clients on related matters such as responding to subpoenas, search warrants and investigations, privacy, reimbursement, contracts and patient care issues. Lisa has represented a wide variety of health care professionals, including individual health care practitioners, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and non-profit organizations in a variety of health care matters.

She was formerly a confidential law clerk to the Hon. Michael A. Telesca, U.S. District Court Judge, Western District of New York.


Additional Areas of Focus

  • Alcohol Beverage Control Law – Liquor Licenses

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2014-2019
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2015, 2018
  • Listed in Who’s Who In Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal

Education & Admissions

  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1986
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude, 1976
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Michael A. Telesca, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1986-1987

Speaking Engagements

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  • Panelist, “Legal, Medical and Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life and Palliative Care and Planning: What Every New York Lawyer Needs to Know,” Erie Institute of Law Event, September 2015

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Western New York Law Center, Board of Directors
  • Sisters Hospital, Ethics Committee
  • New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
  • Home Care Association of New York State
  • Medical Society of Erie County/Bar Association of Erie County, Liaison Committee Co-Chair

Past Activities

  • Women Physicians and Attorneys’ Joint Task Force
  • Western New York Healthcare Association

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Health Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Health Information and Technology Practice Group
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Health Care Law Committee, Former Chair
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Elder Law & Special Needs Section
    • Health Law Section
      • Public Health Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter

Articles & Publications


  • Co-Author, “The New York State Physician’s HIPAA Privacy Manual, Second Edition,” New York State Bar Association, August 2016