Kristi O'Brien assists clients with all aspects of the life of a business, from the initial formation, to partnership, shareholders and joint venture agreements and various contracts including employment agreements, services agreements, distribution and sales contracts, loans and leases, and buying and selling businesses. Kristi represents individuals in negotiation of employment agreements and in purchasing or selling interests in entities, as well as other contract matters. She represents health care providers in forming and selling their practices, joint ventures with hospitals and other health care entities, professional services agreements, compensation structures for professionals, development of ambulatory surgical facilities, imaging centers, and other ancillary services, and other matters. With over 20 years of experience, Kristi routinely advises health care providers on compliance with federal and state health care regulations, including the federal anti-kickback statute, Stark laws, and HIPAA, as well as the Washington state anti-rebate, self-referral, and corporate practice of medicine rules. For clients in all industries, Kristi provides outside general counsel services, being available to field legal questions as they arise and act as a trusted advisor and a contributor to their success.
What drew you to the idea of practicing law?
The opportunity to have intellectually stimulating work everyday throughout my career and to work with other smart and talented people, including my colleagues and clients.
What do you like about your work?
I truly enjoy getting to learn about each of my client's businesses in a wide variety of industries, finding creative and practical solutions in furtherance of my clients' goals, and serving in a role of trusted advisor.
Can you name any skills or personality traits that you think are needed in your kind of practice that might differ from other practices?
In my practice, important skills include meticulous attention to detail and thoughtfulness, keen attention to the client's budget and goals, and an ability to come up with practical solutions that actually accomplish the client's objectives in the easiest and most cost-effective manner. Important personality traits include both confidence and assertiveness to negotiate on the client's behalf, but also an ability to perceive the other side's concerns and objectives to find a workable solution, and definitely an ability to build great working relationships with opposing counsel, which can go far in getting the deal done.