JOHN L. SUPPLE
JOHN L. SUPPLE is the owner of the law firm J Supple Law PC. Mr. Supple graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law where he was the Publications Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. He has devoted his entire thirty –five year career to the defenses of healthcare industry. He is licensed to practice in California and Nevada. He is a member of DRI, Northern California Association of Defense Counsel and California Medical Legal Committee. He has received the coveted AV 15 year rating from Martindale-Hubbell as well as the Super Lawyers Distinction in the field of Healthcare. He is frequently a featured speaker on defending elder abuse and medical malpractice issues for a number of professional organizations including The Rutter Group, DRI and Consumer Attorneys of California. Mr. Supple has successfully defended numerous elder abuse and medical malpractice trials and returned a defense verdict on behalf of Covenant Care Inc. in the landmark California Supreme Court case of Covenant Care vs. Superior Court (Inclan).
ROBERT DEERING is a Partner of J Supple Law, PC. Mr. Deering received his law degree from the University of San Diego. He comes from a long line of attorneys and physicians and is passionate about healthcare defense. Mr. Deering has successfully defended hospitals, physicians and staff in matters involving a variety of allegations, including birth injuries, failure to diagnose, EMTALA violations and lack of informed consent. As a member of the firm, Mr. Deering has broadened his practice to include all aspects of professional liability defense, including the representation of long-term care facilities and mental health professionals.
JODIE C. FEUSNER
JODIE FEUSNER is a Partner of J Supple Law, PC (formerly Supple & Canvel LLP) since 2011. From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Feusner was an associate in the Gordon & Rees San Francisco Health Care Practice Group that was led by John Supple. Ms. Feusner specializes in defending alleged elder abuse and medical malpractice actions. Before Gordon & Rees, Ms. Feusner worked as a litigator at Galloway, Lucchesse, Everson & Picchi, a medical malpractice defense firm where she assisted trial attorneys in representing healthcare providers such as physicians, hospitals and nurses. Her passion for defending healthcare providers comes from growing up surrounded by hard-working physicians including her father, two siblings and two grandparents. Ms. Feusner received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2003, where she was a recipient of a Merit scholarship. During law school, she received a Public Interest Law Scholar Award, was the Coordinator of Volunteers and Steering Committee Member of “Law In Motion” (Public Interest Group), Administrative Chair of the Employment Law Group, and Articles Editor and Administrative Editor of the Journal of Social and Legal Challenges. Ms. Feusner obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from University of Washington in Seattle, where she received University Dean’s list awards. While completing her undergraduate work, Ms. Feusner was an Intern Investigator with a Non Profit Public Defenders Office, contributing opinion editor for the University paper, was an active member of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and interned with the Washington State Public Interest Research Group.
SHELLEY L. SMITH
SHELLEY L. SMITH is a Partner at J Supple Law, PC. For over twenty years, Ms. Smith has devoted her legal practice to defending health care professionals, organizations and facilities in medical malpractice litigation as well as before various administrative and licensing boards. Ms. Smith’s focus is on matters involving catastrophic injuries, failure to diagnose and birth injuries. As a former Shareholder with the Bay Area firm of Galloway, Lucchese, Everson & Picchi, Ms. Smith has successfully managed all aspects of litigation and co-tried multiple matters to verdict. She has been acknowledged by her peers in Super Lawyers® for multiple years and selected as one of Super Lawyers® Top Women Attorneys in Northern California in 2017. Ms. Smith obtained her law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts.
ARTHUR W. CURLEY
ARTHUR W. CURLEY, a senior trial attorney, joined J Supple Law, PC in 2023. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with honors in 1970, he obtained his J.D. in 1974 from the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dental Jurisprudence at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and an Adjunct Faculty Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. As a trial attorney, he has been defending doctors for over 46 years and has presented risk management courses throughout the United States and Canada. He is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Curley has published several articles on risk management and authored chapters in numerous textbooks on oral surgery, endodontics and periodontics.
CYRUS A. TABARI
CYRUS A. TABARI joined J Supple Law, PC in 2023. He has been handling medical malpractice and elder abuse cases in the Northern California for over 20 years. He has tried cases in Marin County, San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, San Joaquin County, and San Luis Obispo County. His experience runs the gamut of licensed health care, including acute hospital care, skilled nursing care, in-patient psychiatric care, and office based practices. His jury trials have included cases dealing with birth injuries, cosmetic surgery, EMTALA, alleged physician sexual assault, vascular surgery, wrongful life, and wrongful death. While most of his cases are in the San Francisco Bay Area counties, he has also handled cases in the Northern California, Central Coast and Central California Counties. His clients include hospitals, physicians, and other licensed healthcare providers. He also handles administrative actions for licensed healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses and hospitals. While he spends most of his time handling medical malpractice and elder abuse cases, over the years Mr. Tabari has also handled business litigation matters for healthcare and non-healthcare clients. He is AV rated by Martindale and Hubbell, recognized as a California Super Lawyer every year since 2005, a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) and was President of the California Medical Legal Committee, the only association of medical malpractice lawyers in California.
MATTHEW SCHROEDER is an associate at J Supple Law PC. Mr. Schroeder received his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California where he served as Notes & Comments Editor for the Southwestern Journal of International Law and was a member of Moot Court. In 2009, Matthew served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable S. James Otero of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He then practiced at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Nichols, a premier Los Angeles medical malpractice defense firm, where he successfully defended hospitals, physicians, and dental practitioners in matters involving a variety of allegations, including medical negligence, dependent adult abuse, and statutory/regulatory violations. As an associate with J Supple Law PC, Matthew has broadened his practice to include representation of long-term care facilities in civil and regulatory matters. Matthew is admitted to practice in all California state courts and in the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California. Since 2020, Matthew has been selected every year as a “Rising Star” for the Northern California Super Lawyers® list.
DAYNA OLSON is an associate of J Supple Law PC. Ms. Olson received her law degree in 2019 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she received the Dean’s List Merit Scholarship and the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation Scholarship. She served as the Treasurer for the Hastings Health Law Organization and was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. During law school, Ms. Olson focused her studies on health law as well as family law and domestic violence prevention. She interned at Bay Area Legal Aid in the Health Access Unit, representing Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients in administrative proceedings, and successfully argued on behalf of her clients to increase their healthcare benefits. After her admission to the state bar, she practiced at a small family law firm in San Francisco, working with clients on a wide range of matters including property division, child custody, and domestic violence restraining orders. As an associate for J Supple Law, Ms. Olson combines her passion for health law with her professional and educational experiences in the representation of long-term care facilities and medical professionals. Ms. Olson is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Northern District.
FAITH WOLINSKY is a senior associate with J Supple Law PC. Ms. Wolinsky received her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2003. Prior to law school Ms. Wolinsky was employed as a research assistant on several epidemiological studies at the University of California, San Francisco. While earning her law degree, she edited a three-book treatise on scientific evidence for judges and was a Judicial Extern to The Honorable Timothy Reardon (retired) at the California Court of Appeal. Ms. Wolinsky’s recent legal practice has focused on defending health care professionals and entities, and long-term care facilities, in professional liability matters, as well as defending physicians in administrative matters involving licensing by the Medical Board of California. She is admitted to practice in all California state courts and in the United States District Court for the Central District.
PATRICIA H. PERRY
PATRICIA H. PERRY joined J Supple Law, PC in 2023. For over 34, she has dedicated her law practice to the defense of healthcare providers and medical institutions in litigation through trial, as well as in administrative proceedings before the CA Medical, Dental, Podiatric and Chiropractic licensing Boards. Ms. Perry received her JD from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1989, when she began her devotion to representing the interests of physicians and hospitals in San Diego, CA. After moving to Northern CA, and before joining J Supple Law, PC, Ms. Perry served as Of Counsel to Bradley, Curley, Barrabee & Kowalski, PC since 2006. There, she continued to successfully manage all aspects of Medical Malpractice, Elder Abuse and Medical Battery claims through in-depth legal strategy and exceptional trust and rapport with clients. She has been an invited speaker on topics impacting acute and long term care facilities including, “Managing Risk,” “Medical/Legal Aspects of Surgical Patients,” “Documentation and Charting Pitfalls,” “Dealing with the Potential SNF Claim,” and “Trying the Vertebral Artery Dissection Case.”
MARK R. GIBSON
MARK R. GIBSON joined J Supple Law, PC in 2023. A native of the U.K., his legal education was received at the University of Buckingham, and Nottingham Trent University. Following work as a Judicial Assistant at London’s Old Bailey criminal court for the Hon. Judge Richard Tucker, he entered private practice in England, working as a civil litigator for several years before moving to California in 2000. In 2003, he joined the defense firm Bradley, Curley, Barrabee & Kowalski where he spent twenty-years focused almost exclusively on the area of professional liability, defending health care providers in state and federal courts in actions for malpractice, in civil rights actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state law claims, as well as in actions before the state licensing boards. He is a past contributor to the California Dental Association Journal. He is admitted to practice in all California state courts, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California.
PETER F. FINN
PETER F. FINN joined J Supple Law, PC in 2023. His legal practice includes advising dentists and physicians on employment and Internet-related issues, and representing dentists and physicians in malpractice actions and matters before the Dental and Medical Boards of California. Mr. Finn obtained his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science in 2006 from the University of Denver, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, obtaining his legal degree in 2009. During law school, Mr. Finn interned for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), part of the U.S. Department of Labor and also clerked for the Bradley, Curley law firm, with a focus on employment law matters. He became licensed to practice law in California in December of 2009 and began working at Bradley, Curley that same month. His article, “What to do About that Negative Online Review,” was published in the February 2021 issue of the California Dental Association Journal. More recently, he was featured in June 2022 Journal of Clinical Orthodontics in the article, “Ask the Expert: Employment Law Ramifications of Monetary Bonuses and Gifts.”
COLE ELLIOTT is an associate at J Supple Law PC. Mr. Elliott received his law degree in 2022 from Santa Clara University School of Law where he received the Emery Merit Scholarship and served as an Articles Editor for the Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal. In 2020, Cole served as a legal intern for HP, Inc’s Global Legal Affairs team where he witnessed HP’s efforts to leverage their 3D printing technology to create medical devices necessary to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Cole has strong family ties to the medical community and has dedicated his studies to the intersection of law, science, and technology. Mr. Elliott is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
SUSAN K. RIGGIO
SUSAN K. RIGGIO is a Senior Associate at J Supple Law, PC. Ms. Riggio has over 20 years of experience defending health care professionals and entities in medical malpractice litigation, including cases involving birth injuries, brain injuries, the performance of surgery, and various other types of injuries and claims. Ms. Riggio obtained her law degree in 2002 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, and she is licensed to practice law in the State of California, the United States District Court in the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals in the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Ms. Riggio obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and worked as a Program Evaluator with the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), (formerly the General Accounting Office), conducting Congressional oversight of government programs and policies, including health issues pertaining to children in foster care.
SUZANNE E. ARRAGG, BSN, RN, CLNC, CDONA/LTC
SUZANNE E. ARRAGG, BSN, RN, CLNC, CDONA/LTC is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Nursing in Los Angeles, California. Since 1985 she has held a wide variety of nursing positions within various healthcare institutions. Her nursing background includes medical-surgical nursing, endocrinology, antepartum care, gynecology oncology, high risk clinic obstetrics, managed care family practice, infection control and long term care. In 1998, while working as a Director of Nursing in a skilled nursing facility, Ms. Arragg obtained National Certification as a Director of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care. In 1999, Ms. Arragg successfully obtained her National Certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC®). As a long term care provider advocate, she maintains clinical expertise in long term care, both in standards of nursing practice and regulatory requirements. Ms. Arragg holds a Board of Registered Nursing CEP number and provides continuing education in-services to health care providers across the nation. Ms. Arragg is an associate member of the American Health Care Association, the California Association of Healthcare Facilities, and the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants