Christopher J. Shaughnessy

Christopher J. Shaughnessy

Lexington, Kentucky
(859) 281-6480
Christopher J. Shaughnessy is an attorney at McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC. Mr. Shaughnessy concentrates his practice area in health care and is located in the firm's Lexington office. He has extensive experience in the health care law industry. Mr. Shaughnessy represents institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes as well as individual medical professionals, including physicians, mid-level practitioners and nurses. He also represents small offices and large offices that are part of large networks. Some of the services he commonly provides are in the following areas: Regulatory Compliance; Certificate of Need and Licensing; Survey and Certification; Health Care Transactions; Physician Contracts; Professional Rights Defense; Fraud and Abuse Issues; and Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement and Appeals; and Privacy. Mr. Shaughnessy is a frequent speaker on health care issues and has authored a number of articles for numerous healthcare publications as well as contributing on a frequent basis to McBrayer's health care blog (

Areas of Practice

  • Health Care Law and Litigation
  • Medical Professional Licensing

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board, 1989-1990
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Federal Court 1989
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Physicians: After Health Care Reform, Will You Know Health Care Fraud When You See It?, Kentuckydoc, Vol 1, Issue 11, 2010
  • Preparation and understanding- Educate yourself about Medicare recovery audits and audit contractors, Medical News, June , 2010
  • On The Enforcement Radar: The 2011 OIG Work Plan, Medical News, The Legislative Issue, December, 2010
  • The New Business of Prescribing Controlled Substances, Business Lexington, June 8, 2012
  • Compliance Plan – A Provider’s Best Defense, KYDoc, October/November 2012

Representative Cases

  • Driscoll v. Stucker (Louisianna Supreme Court 2005)
  • Driscoll v. Stucker (Louisianna Court of Appeals 2004)
  • Omar v. Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, Inc. (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2004)
  • Walters v. Moore (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2003)
  • DeWall Enterprises, Inc. v Thompson (District of Nebraska 2002)
  • City of Harrodsburg v. Royalty (Kentucky Supreme Court 2002)
  • Azmat v. Shalal (Western District of Kentucky 2001)
  • Yeoman v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Health Policy Board Ky. (Kentucky Supreme Court 1998)
  • Dawson v. Birenbaum (Kentucky Supreme Court 1998)
  • Adventist Health Systems, Inc. v Trude (Kentucky Supreme Court 1994)
  • Commonwealth Revenue Cabinet v. Smith (Kentucky Supreme Court 1994)
  • Dubin Orthopedic Center, P.S.C v Com., State Bd. Of Physical Therapy (Kentucky Supreme Court 2009)


  • Healthcare Regulatory Medicine, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2008 - Present
  • Employment Policies and Procedures: A Critical Legal Update for Employers, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 1995 - Present