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Connie Ditto has extensive experience in litigation, having both prosecuted and defended individual and commercial clients in state and federal courts.


Connie S. Ditto

Senior Associate

T: 512-479-8400     F: 512-479-8402

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Attorney, Connie Ditto



Construction Liability

and Defects


Healthcare Liability


Health Law (Board Investigations, Compliance, Reimbursement Claims Defense)


Labor & Employment


Personal Injury/Catastrophic Liability


Professional Liability


Premises Liability/Retail Litigation


Products Liability


Transportation Liability





Loyola University Chicago

J.D., 2008

(health law certificate)


Purdue University

B.S., 2003 (with distinction)













US District Court,

Southern District of Texas


US District Court,

Northern District of Texas


US District Court,

Western District of Oklahoma


US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee





Texas Bar Association


Austin Bar Association


Austin Young Lawyers Association

Ms. Ditto has extensive experience in litigation, having both prosecuted and defended individual and commercial clients in state and federal courts.  Additionally, she has extensive experience defending health care professionals in investigations by State licensing agencies in matters ranging from allegations involving improper responses to medical records requests to inappropriate sexual relationships with patients; negotiating physician employment and non-compete agreements, and counseling individual and commercial clients in how to avoid risk.


Ms. Ditto’s background is in healthcare. She was Purdue University Nursing Student of the Year in 2003 and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.  Prior to attending law school, she was a registered nurse. She was an intern at the Mayo Clinic, and completed the Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship Program at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.


Ms. Ditto was an Honors at Entrance Scholar at Loyola University Chicago College of Law, where she was an editor for the Childrens’ Legal Rights Journal. In 2008, Ms. Ditto was a visiting student at the University of Tennessee, where she obtained Excellence in Gratuitous Transfers and Law of the Workplace.  She was also an editor for the Baker Journal of Applied Public Policy.


Outside her legal practice, Connie enjoys time with her husband, Dr. Shey Ditto, and their young son, Thomas.  She is active in the Austin community, and is currently serving on the Austin Junior League’s Food In Tummies (FIT) Program, which distributes healthy food to underserved children in Austin, Texas.



Representative Matters

Obtained a favorable cost of defense settlement on behalf of a nursing home involving an alleged claim of pregnancy discrimination.


Successfully invoked contractual indemnity provision with subcontractor to obtain dismissal of Defendant Hospital with zero payment in case alleging damages due to a slip and fall near a vending machine.


Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an apartment complex on the grounds the alleged injury was not causally related to the fall.


Successfully represented a nursing home before the Texas Workforce Commission, resulting in an affirmation of the disqualification of the claimant for unemployment benefits.



Trial Victories:

Obtained directed verdict on behalf of apartment complex in premises liability action on the grounds the Defendant had no notice of the allegedly dangerous condition.





A Look at CMS’s Proposed Rules on Reporting and Returning Overpayments  Health Care Billing and Management  September/October 2012


A Look at CMS’s Proposed Rules on Reporting and Returning Overpayments and Their Ambiguities   DRI MedLaw Update   June 2012


Stark Law Self-Disclosure Protocol   The Consigliere  January 2011


Recent Developments: Stark Self-Disclosure Protocol   Knoxville Academy of Medicine  December 2010


Recent Developments: Stark Self-Disclosure Protocol   East Tennessee Medical News  November 2010


Recent Changes to the Physician Non-Compete Statute   East Tennessee Medical News  September 2010


Warning: Pay Attention to Hospital Bylaws! Knoxville Academy of Medicine   May 2010


Healing the Disabled May Distress Health Care Providers  The Consigliere  March 2010


Resolutions to Keep in 2010   East Tennessee Medical News  February 2010


Ready or Not: The RAC is Here!  East Tennessee Medical News  November 2009


RAC Audits Set to Kickoff in November  Knoxville Academy of Medicine   October 2009


Firefighter Case Raises Burning Questions  East Tennessee Medical News  August 2009


Privacy Police: Self-Reporting and Penalties  East Tennessee Medical News  May 2009


Identity Theft: A New Layer of Regulations  East Tennessee Medical News  November 2008


What You Should Know About Advance Directives  East Tennessee Medical News

October 2008


Policy Issues Surrounding Long Term Care  Baker Journal of Applied Public Policy

Spring 2008





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