Sabrina M. Punia-Ly
Sabrina counsels and advises a broad range of health care clients, including medical staffs, hospitals, health systems, medical groups, and other entities in litigation, regulatory, operational, and medico-legal matters.
Sabrina has extensive experience representing and counseling medical staffs, hospitals, and hospital systems in relation to medical staff peer review issues. She provides counseling with respect to decisions to remediate, suspend, or terminate providers that have engaged in a pattern of unprofessional conduct and/or adverse clinical outcomes. She has related experience representing health plans in provider selection and removal disputes. She also counsels clients regarding credentialing and re-credentialing and the filing of Business and Professions Code section 805 and the National Practitioner Data Bank reports. She also has experience through the varying stages of the peer review hearing process.
Additionally, with prior experience as a general litigation associate, Sabrina has successfully represented health care and non-health care clients in litigation in relation to residency terminations, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, breach of contract, business torts, unfair competition, whistleblower retaliation for patient safety under Health and Safety Code section 1278.5 and Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (Anti-SLAPP) suits.
Sabrina also assists clients with respect to operational and transactional matters. She has prepared general agreements such as timeshare agreements, business associate agreements, and sublease agreements for healthcare entities. She has also assisted major health plans revise policies in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. As for regulatory compliance, Sabrina has counseled clients with respect to the state and federal False Claims Act, regulations set forth by The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provider licensing, EMTALA, Anti-Kickback, and Stark Laws.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Sabrina was a Trial Associate in the Orange County office of an international law firm. While in law school, she served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief and Articles Editor of UCLA’s Women’s Law Journal, externed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and volunteered at the Right to Health Clinic.
Sabrina serves as a Board Member for the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and is a member of the Pipeline and Covid-19 Task Force Committees. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Health Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Health Care Law Section.
Publications, Presentations & Recognitions
Sabrina's recent presentations include:
- NAPABA 2019, Gamechangers and Tightrope Walkers – How Digital Health Companies Can Balance Innovation and Government Compliance with Data Use, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Health, November 9, 2019 (moderator)
Sabrina’s recent publications include:
- California Increases Hospitals’ Obligations When Discharging Homeless Patients
- New Year, New Reporting Requirements: California Entities Must Report Certain Patient Complaints of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct by Healing Arts Licensees
- California Makes It Easier to Provide Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Emergency
- All Hands On Deck: CMS Issues New Blanket Waivers Relaxing Federal Licensing Requirements and Qualifications for Certain Health Care Practitioners
Life Beyond the Law
Sabrina is an avid distance runner, aspiring confectioner, and stimulated kindle bookworm.
Bar & Court Admissions
- California Bar
- US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- US District Court, Northern District of California
- US District Court, Central District of California
- US District Court, Southern District of California
University of California, Los Angeles, School of LawJDUniversity of MinnesotaMPPUniversity of California, BerkeleyBA