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Deborah Farringer


Deborah Farringer is the Director of Health Law Studies for Belmont University College of Law and her teaching and scholarship is focused primarily in health law. Professor Farringer’s scholarship explores the operation and impact of health laws and health policy on providers and suppliers. Her most recent scholarship concentrates on the unique challenges facing the health care industry in the area of cybersecurity. Her scholarship has been published in Brooklyn Law ReviewNevada Law Review, and Seattle University Law Review, among others.

Prior to joining the faculty at Belmont University College of Law, Professor Farringer served as Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Vanderbilt University, working primarily for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Previous to her position at Vanderbilt University, she worked as an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC in Nashville in the firm’s health care regulatory group.  Deborah Farringer graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in History and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Immediately following law school, Professor Farringer completed a judicial clerkship for the late Judge H. Emory Widener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Abingdon, Virginia. 

At Belmont, Professor Farringer teaches Health Law, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Health Care Business and Finance, Bioethics, Contracts, Mental Health Law, and Business Associations. She also serves as the Faculty Supervisor for the Belmont Health Law Journal and the coach of the Moot Court Transactional Team.   

Areas of expertise: Healthcare law, biomedical ethics, contracts 



Deborah Farringer, From Guns That Do Not Shoot to Foreign Staplers: Has the Supreme Court's Materiality Standard Under Escobar Provided Clarity for the Health Care Industry About Fraud Under the False Claims Act? 83 Brook. L. Rev. 1227 (2018). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, The Computer Made Me Do It: Is There a Future for False Claims Act Liability Against Electronic Health Record Vendors? 18 Nev. L. J. (2018). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, Cybersecurity Report Identifies Unique Challenges to Tackling Cybersecurity in Health Care, 11 J. Health & Life Sci. L. 117 (2017). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, Send Us the Bitcoin or Patients Will Die: Addressing the Risks of Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals, 40 Seattle U. L. Rev. 937 (2017). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer & Ted Lotchin, Academic Medical Centers (Chapter 31), Representing Hospitals and Health Systems, American Health Lawyers Ass’n (2016).

Deborah Farringer, Everything Old is New Again: Will Narrow Networks Succeed Where HMOs Failed? 34 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 299 (2016). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize:  Examining Minnesota as a Means for Assuring Achievement of the “Triple Aim” under the ACA, 38 Hamline L. Rev. 177 (2015). | SSRN

Deborah R. Farringer & Thomas Bartrum, They’re Back!  The Rise of the Narrow Network in Health Care Exchanges and How it May Impact Academic Medical Centers, AHLA Connections (Jan. 2015).

Deborah R. Farringer & Cynthia Reisz, Co-author of Disease Management:  The Emergence and Evolution of an Industry, Health Law Handbook (2005 Edition).

The New Face of Creationism: The Establishment Clause and the Latest Efforts to Suppress Evolution in Public Schools, 54 Vand. L. Rev. 2555 (Nov. 2001) (published under Deborah A. Reule). | SSRN