Alia A. Najjar M.D.,J.D.
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Alia A. Najjar, M.D., Esq. focuses her practice on various aspects of healthcare law. Alia began her legal career in California at a national law firm where she defended physicians and other licensed professionals before various California licensing boards, defended physicians in hospital peer review matters, and advised healthcare clients on various healthcare legal issues. After moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, Alia opened her own law firm, where she handled a variety of legal matters, including estate planning and probate matters, drafting business contracts, advising clients regarding contract issues, and advising healthcare providers regarding various complex healthcare issues, which included the Federal False Claims Act, Stark Law, and the Federal Anti-kickback Statute. During this time, Alia successfully assisted a healthcare practitioner remove defamatory statements from Yelp and successfully negotiated settlement of a matter involving a commercial title dispute. Subsequently, Alia worked as an associate attorney at a small local commercial litigation firm, during which time she primarily represented lending institutions, mortgage servicing companies, investors, and trustees.
In 2016, Alia began working as an associate attorney at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, where she focused her practice on healthcare litigation. During this time, Alia represented physicians and other healthcare professionals, hospitals, surgical centers, and other healthcare entities in medical malpractice actions. She recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of a dentist in a high exposure professional negligence/dental malpractice action. Alia has also represented healthcare entities in business litigation, including peer review matters. In addition to civil litigation, Alia successfully represented physicians and other healthcare practitioners in professional licensing matters. While at Wilson Elser, Alia was also an active member of the firm’s pro bono committee and the firm’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy practice group.
Alia is licensed to practice medicine in Texas, but decided to pursue a career in law. After graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, she obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She subsequently completed two years of a general surgery residency in Houston, Texas, during which time she rotated at some of the best hospitals in the United States. In 2009, she obtained her juris doctorate at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
Alia is an active member of the Clark County Bar Association, and has been an editor for the CCBA’s monthly publication, the Communiqué, since 2016. In 2018, she was awarded the Circle of Support Award for her work on the publication’s committee. Alia is also a member of the American Medical Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine. She has also represented children in the foster care system through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Children’s Attorney Project, and was an active participant in the Howard McKibben American Inn of Court for several years.
PRESENTATIONS AND ARTICLES
- Is it Good to Go Green? Pitfalls of Physician Investment and Ownership of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Communiqué, May 2015
- The Tail Wagging the Dog: Nevada’s 9-Month Super-Priority Dilemma, co-author, California Mortgage Finance News, Winter 2014
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Medical Malpractice, co-author, Communiqué, September 2014
- Organized and Participated in CLE Panel, “Substance Abuse, Addictive, & Mental Health Disorders,” Clark County Bar Association, October 24, 2014
- Guest lecturer at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” January 2014
- Panel Member at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, “All-Nighters and Adderall Event,” September 9, 2014
- The Struggle for Sanity and Sobriety in the Legal Profession, Continuing Legal Education Substance Abuse Article, Communiqué, September 2018
- The New Controlled Substances Prescribing Mandates in AB474 (2017) Creating of a Plethora of Problematic Legal Issues for Practitioners and Patients in Pain, co-author, Communiqué, September 2018
- The Research Around CTE is Far from Settled, co-author, Concussion Defense Reporter, Winter 2019
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2014
United States District Court, District of Nevada 2013
State Bar of Nevada 2012
State Bar of California 2009
United States District Court, Eastern District of California 2009
Texas Medical License 2005