Amy B. Heinrich

Ms. Heinrich is a partner with the firm. She concentrates her practice on professional malpractice defense. She focuses on the defense of health care providers and health care institutions.

Ms. Heinrich represents health care providers, including physicians, nurses, and therapists, in a wide array of professional malpractice claims before the Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office of Maryland, the Circuit Courts of Maryland, the Superior Court of Washington, D.C., and the United States District Courts for Maryland and the District of Columbia. She represents community hospitals and academic medical centers in such claims, as well as for claims involving allegations of negligent credentialing. She has provided representation to hospitals in privileging disputes with individual health care providers. Her institutional clients over the years have included Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and many others. 

As part of her practice, Ms. Heinrich provides representation to mental health professionals in malpractice cases, including psychiatric hospitals, psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. Claims involving mental health care providers have included diverse allegations of negligence, such as failure to predict suicide, failure to predict harm to others, sexual misconduct, and negligent prescription. Ms. Heinrich has represented Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital and its affiliates in such matters over the years.

Ms. Heinrich has extensive experience in the representation of long-term care facilities. She is often asked to begin representation at the outset of a potential claim, and handles such matters through conclusion. She has represented numerous such facilities over the years, and also represents individual health care providers in such contexts. She has significant experience in litigating such claims, including claims concerning allegations arising out of falls, wounds, neglect and abuse.

Ms. Heinrich also represents health care providers before their professional Licensing Boards.

Ms. Heinrich represents clients who have been sued concerning allegations of sexual misconduct, and has represented individuals directly accused of sexual misconduct as well as supervisors who have been sued for negligent failure to prevent or predict sexual misconduct by their employees. Her clients in this field include the Roman Catholic clergy.


Professional Experience

  • Hiring Partner – Goodell DeVries (1995 - Present)
  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (1993 - Present)
  • Associate – Goodell DeVries (1989 - 1993)
  • Associate – Eccelston & Wolf, P.C. (1985 - 1989)


Honors and Awards


Professional Associations

  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. (Membership Committee 1998–1999)
  • Maryland Society for Health Care Risk Management (MSHRM)
  • Maryland State Bar Association


Lectures and Teaching Activities

Ms. Heinrich lectures to Grand Rounds and house staff at Maryland and District of Columbia hospitals and long-term care facilities concerning diverse topics, including the following:

  • Prevention of Malpractice Claims
  • Documentation: Pitfalls and Prevention
  • Shoulder Dystocia: Malpractice Issues
  • Privileging Issues
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders in the Operating Room
  • Advanced Directives
  • Prevention of Violence in the Health Care Setting
  • Malpractice Issues in Otolaryngology


Civic Activities

  • Board Chairman, Maryland Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure (2012 - 2014)
  • Board Member at Large, Maryland Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure (2009 - 2012)
  • Coach, numerous sports teams (softball & soccer)