Founding Member / Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer / Patient Safety Advocate / Consistently Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America
Kay Van Wey is a highly regarded attorney known for her expertise in personal injury cases involving healthcare providers, and life-altering injuries. With over 30 years of experience, she has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to helping injured individuals and their families seek justice and rightful compensation. As a patient safety advocate, Kay strives to improve the healthcare industry to prevent unfortunate outcomes that could be avoided.
Passionate about her clients’ well-being, Kay and her dedicated team take a personalized, hands-on approach to guide them through the complex legal landscape. Having experienced her own personal family tragedy, Kay empathizes with victims and understands the difficult journey of healing and pursuing justice. Her motivation to bring about positive change and protect others from suffering drives her as she tirelessly advocates for patient safety.
Over her distinguished career, Kay has earned numerous professional accolades, including recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer for more than 21 consecutive years. Her track record is built on hard work, diligence, and a tenacious pursuit of justice for her clients. Licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois, Kay also collaborates with lawyers in other states to handle specialized cases.
In one of her most notable cases, Kay led a legal team that prosecuted multiple civil cases against a notorious doctor, known as “Dr. Death,” representing many of his victims. The Dr. Death case, as it is familiarly known, reinforced Kay’s dedication to protecting patients and her unwavering commitment to improving the healthcare system.
Commenting on the case, Kay explains, “I had the privilege of representing many of his (Christopher Duntsch’s) victims. Dr. Duntsch isn’t the first impaired surgeon I have ever prosecuted, and sadly he likely won’t be the last. The system has failed patients and even though Duntsch went to prison, the system was not fixed.
The system for how we identify, report, and stop bad doctors is failing patients. The tragedy of the Christopher Duntsch story is that so many patients were harmed before he could be stopped. This is just incomprehensible and unacceptable”.
Teaching and Patient Advocacy
Kay’s legal journey began with a passion for advocating for the injured, which led her to pursue a law degree. Fueled by her dedication to nurturing future legal minds, she later became an Adjunct Professor at the SMU Dedman School of Law. Here, she combines her rich legal experience with a commitment to educating the next generation of lawyers, sharing her knowledge and insights by teaching the course on Law and Medicine. This role allows her to shape and inspire future legal professionals, ensuring her values and expertise are passed on to those who will follow in her footsteps.
Beyond her role as a skilled attorney, Kay is committed to fighting against injustice and supporting victims of negligence. She is deeply dedicated to defending her clients’ rights and ensuring they are treated with dignity throughout the legal process. Beyond individual cases, Kay works tirelessly to raise awareness about preventable medical errors and advocates for changes to improve patient safety.
To Kay, representing good people who have experienced unfortunate circumstances is not just a profession but a calling. Her personal experience with tragedy and the legal system fuels her drive to protect and advocate for her clients’ well-being.
- Best Lawyers in America – https://www.bestlawyers.com/
- Texas Super Lawyer (2003 to 2023) – 20+ consecutive years – peer selection
“Ms. Van Wey, you have been selected for your 21st year to the Texas Super Lawyers list – every year, we’ve had the award! There were 93,821 attorneys registered with the Texas State Bar, and of that, only 679 attorneys have been selected to Super Lawyers all 21 years. You are in an extremely elite group of 0.7% of attorneys in the entire state. It’s pretty impressive to think that less than 1% of all the attorneys in Texas have accomplished this feat.”
- D Best Lawyer (2018-Present) – peer selection.
- Dallas Bar Association Trial Legend – peer selection
- Avvo, 10 rated – peer selection
- Million Dollar Advocate Forum – based on results achieved for past clients
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum – based on results achieved for past clients
- Board Certified Specialist in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
- Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Oklahoma
- State Bar of Illinois
Memberships and Associations
- American Board of Trial Advocates-(ABOTA)
- American Association for Justice
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
- Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- AV Preeminent
Trial Magazine 8/23/2019 Using Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Case Study
Attorney At Law Magazine Regular Contributor
- AAJ – Hospital and Institutional Liability 7/15/2023
- Boulder Community Health 2022 Spring Event – Dr. Death 4/8/2022
- OCU Keynote Speaker for OCU Law’s Alumni Luncheon 11/10/2021
- National Association of Medical Staff Services – Dr. Death 10/21/2021
- Texas Society for Medical Services Specialists – Lessons From Dr. Death 6/21/2021
- Colorado Association of Medical Staff Services – Dr. Death 5/14/2021
- UT Law Students 2/8/2021
- AAJ – New Orleans – Maternal Mortality 2/7/2020
- University of Oklahoma, B.A.
- Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D.