Martha Ann Knutson
Martha Ann Knutson Attorney and Counselor at Law 16885 West Bernardo Drive, Suite 100 San Diego, CA  92127 858.705.6633
Home Practice Areas Resources The Toolbox Bio Contact Attorney and Counselor at Law


I have spent more than two decades representing hospitals, individual providers and organizations in both private and in-house practice. For eight years, I successfully tried cases and handled appeals in the federal, state and District of Columbia courts.  During that time I represented individual physicians, groups, teaching and community hospitals.  I also taught first year law students at my law school to write and argue like lawyers.  The highlight of these years was undoubtedly standing before the nine member en banc DC Court of Appeals on behalf of Washington Hospital Center, one of the area’s premier teaching hospitals.  That case literally “wrote the law” on indemnity and contribution in the District of Columbia.  (We won.) In 1997, I became one of the first full time Compliance Officers at a health system in NE Maryland.  Working with few peers or precedents, I designed and implemented a compliance function that became deeply embedded in the operations and culture of the organization.  In 2004 (even despite that fact that I served as both the General Counsel and the Compliance Officer) that effort stood up to scrutiny by the federal government when my two hospitals voluntarily participated in the CMS Compliance Program Effectiveness Pilot. Since then I have helped two other health systems, one in Connecticut and one in California, revive Compliance and Ethics programs started by others.  I  also became certified in Healthcare Corporate Compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board. I am very proud to have been part of crafting a legislative solution to a conflict between Maryland state law and the federal HIPAA Regulations.  That’s me in the middle of the picture as then Governor Robert Ehrlich signed SB 690 into law. More details and observations from those I’ve worked with are available at Linkedin.