Elspeth Paul is the Deputy General Counsel of Cedars-Sinai Health System. The health system’s flagship is an 880-bed academic medical center in Los Angeles. Cedars-Sinai has consistently been named one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Elspeth was the General Counsel of Verity Health System, formerly the Daughters of Charity Health System. Verity consisted of six hospitals in California, a state-wide physician network, multiple provider joint ventures and an offshore self-insurance trust. In 2018, Verity filed for Chapter 11 protection. During her tenure, Elspeth led the organization through what – at the time – was the largest healthcare bankruptcy in U.S. history. She successfully completed multiple hospital sales under Section 363 and litigation with the California Attorney General.
Elspeth spent many years at law firms, as a partner with Hooper, Lundy & Bookman and an associate with Latham & Watkins, before transitioning to in-house with Dignity Health. At Dignity, Elspeth was the Associate General Counsel managing the legal services for business transactions, physician integration, accountable care organizations, payor relations and a limited Knox-Keene health plan.
Elspeth is an expert in healthcare business transactions and hospital operations, as well as Stark, anti-kickback, corporate practice of medicine and tax-exemption rules. Elspeth received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.