Melissa Soliz

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Melissa Soliz is a dedicated and goal oriented attorney who practices in the area of regulatory healthcare law.  I assist my clients, which range from innovative start up companies to large healthcare organizations, in structuring real world policies, programs and agreements to ensure that their healthcare practices are compliant with state and federal laws, while maximizing client goals.  My practice focuses on HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 compliance, data breaches and OCR investigations, electronic health records and health information exchanges, data sharing for research and clinical integration, and clinical research compliance and contracting.

My past successes as a civil litigator give me a unique perspective on how to best implement a client’s goals while avoiding future litigation and regulatory noncompliance issues.

Publications & Speeches

  • Co-author (with Kristen Rosati, Naomi Jorgensen, and Barbara J. Evans), “Sentinel Initiative Principles and Policies: HIPAA and Common Rule Compliance,” Sentinel (Feb. 2018)
  • Co-panelist (with Erin Dunlap & Chase Millea), “Substance Use Treatment: Revised Part 2 Regulations Compliance,” Strafford Publications webinar (Oct. 24, 2017)
  • Co-author (with Kristen Rosati), “Privacy Compliance in Clinical Research,” Bloomberg Law (Oct. 2017)
  • Co-author (with Kristen Rosati), “White Paper: Part 2 Challenges for HIOs,” presented at SHIEC Annual Conference (2017)
  • Co-panelist (with Scott Bennett & Shira Hauschen), “Leveraging Big Data in Healthcare: Navigating HIPAA, Stark and AKS Compliance, and Security Issues,” Strafford Publications webinar (Sept. 19, 2017)
  • Co-author (with Kristen Rosati & Scott Bennett), “Unto the Breach, Dear Friends: HIPAA Breach Reporting and OCR Enforcement Actions,” Bloomberg BNA Health Care Program Compliance Guide (forthcoming)
  • Co-author (with Kristen Rosati), “Data Sharing for Clinical Integration and other ‘Big Data’ Initiatives,” AHLA Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions (Mar. 2017)
  • Co-author (with Naomi Jorgensen & Scott Bennett), “Office for Civil Rights Investigations, Enforcement Actions and Settlements,” AHLA Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions (Mar. 2017)
  • Author, “Fixing Fixation: The RAM Copy Doctrine,” 43 Ariz. St. L.J. 181 (2011)

Activities & Memberships

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association (2015 – present)
  • Member, Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (2015 – present)
  • Former Board Secretary and member, Gabriel’s Angels Board of Young Professionals (2013 – 2016)
  • President, Greenfield Park Homeowners Association (2016 – present)


  • En Banc Law Clerk for the Hon. Mary Schroeder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011 – 2012)
  • Extern for the Hon. Susan Bolton, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (Spring 2011)
  • Extern for the Hon. Patricia Orozco, Arizona Court of Appeals (Spring 2010)
  • Extern for the Hon. Donn Kessler (Summer 2009)

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., Arizona State University, 2011, summa cum laude; salutatorian; John S. Armstrong Award (the law school’s highest honor); Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; Law, Science and Technology Certificate in Intellectual Property; Pro Bono Distinction; Executive Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal; Pedrick Scholar
  • B.A., History and B.A., Political Science, Arizona State University, 2006, summa cum laude; ASU History Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies (May 2005); Feldt-Barbanell Women’s History Award (May 2005); ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s List
  • Admitted in Arizona, 2012; second highest score on the July 2011 Arizona Bar Exam

Court Admissions

  • S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2012
  • S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2012
  • Arizona Supreme Court, 2012