Martha “Mollie” Elder is a member of the Woods Rogers Medical Malpractice team and works for clients across Virginia from her base in the Roanoke office. She focuses her practice on the defense of health care providers in all aspects of the legal system, and has represented clients before the Department of Health Care Professions.
Mollie frequently counsels health care providers on measures to reduce exposure to malpractice claims and assists medical professionals when they are involved as witnesses in both civil and criminal legal proceedings. She counsels healthcare institutions and individual providers on HIPAA-related issues. Mollie also takes and defends depositions of parties, witnesses, and expert witnesses.
Mollie has been a member of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ (now Radford University Carilion) adjunct faculty where she taught medical/legal ethics courses as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at Virginia Western Community College, teaching Constitutional Law and Introduction to the Court Systems. She has also reviewed legal textbooks for publication by Pearson Education and Wolters Kluwer. In addition, Mollie has taught Continuing Legal Education courses throughout Virginia on healthcare law.
Mollie is a member of the Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Va.) PTSA Board and is the current Outreach Committee Chair, working to raise funds and develop community partnerships to provide support for the school’s low-income students. From 2011 to the present, she has received the Roanoke Bar Association’s President’s Volunteer Service Award. This honor recognizes members who provide 25 hours or more annually of community service and Mollie has consistently volunteered more than 100 hours each year.
She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Marymount College of Virginia (now Marymount University), and her law degree from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.
Roanoke Bar Association—Board of Directors
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Virginia Bar Association,
Health Law Section
- Maxey v. Hubble, 238 Va. 607, 385 S.E.2d 593 (1989)
- Principles of Cooperation for Physicians and Attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia As Promulgated By the Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia State Bar. 1993. Contributing author appointed by the Virginia State Bar to the Committee that first established these principles.
- “Virginia’s Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act: An Overview,” Litigation News, Volume 9, Winter 1992
Speaking Engagements 2007-2015
- Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, “Steps to Ensure the Care of a Loved One”, September 20, 2015
- Women of the Chamber, Finding the Balance Panelist, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, February 24, 2015
- Invited Guest Speaker, Covington High School’s 24th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony, May 28, 2008
- Virginia Western Community College, Elder Scholar Program, November 29, 2007
Villanova Law School Health Law Society | Careers in Health Care Law | December 10, 2020
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