Cheryl P. Nessel

Cheryl P. Nessel


Cheryl P. Nessel has devoted her legal career of more than 30 years to the defense of medical malpractice claims against hospitals, health care institutions and professionals and long term care facilities. She has broad knowledge, expertise, and sensitivity to the clients’ unique needs.

Ms. Nessel's practice has focused on tort defense, with emphasis on hospital, skilled nursing facility and nursing malpractice, as well as health care and general liability litigation. She has served as a consultant to hospital risk management throughout the Southern California area and regularly provides in-service training to hospital staff.

She has also had the unique opportunity to have been on-campus, General Counsel to Olympia Medical Center, serving on various bioethics and quality related committees, as well as advising senior management, overseeing and interfacing with outside litigation and other counsel, assisting in the development of the hospital's electronic medical records system, in-servicing nursing staff on elder abuse and other medical/legal issues, creating proactive measures to improve patient care and clinical documentation, and comprehensive drafting and preparation of hospital contracts and documentation.


Juris Doctor, Southwestern University School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, English, California State University Northridge


Past Associate Professor, Western State University College of Law, “Lawyering Skills”
Mentor, Southwestern University School of Law

Admission to Practice

All courts for the State of California, 1982

Professional Organizations

Member, State Bar of California
Member, Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Managers
Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance