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A Trial Attorney & Nurse with
a Passion for Securing Justice

Colleen Carboy, RN, JD is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and is also a Registered Nurse who specializes in complex litigation involving health care. With Ms. Carboy’s experience and other qualifications, she has the unique ability to master the medical issues in cases while effectively exposing health care provider’s careless errors. Ms. Carboy has successfully handled numerous complex cases involving physician errors, hospital negligence, pharmaceutical mistakes, and nursing home neglect. In addition to achieving successful settlements and verdicts for her clients, she vigorously strives to improve health care in Texas by negotiating settlements that include changes in hospital policies and mandatory continuing education for defendant health care providers. Ms. Carboy is also a frequent invited lecturer for attorney and health care organizations.

Ms. Carboy is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating. Ms. Carboy is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which recognizes lawyers who have achieved superior results in complex litigation. Ms. Carboy has been named to the Super Lawyers® list in Personal Injury Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice from 2009 to present.  She has been nominated to the exclusive list of the Nation’s Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel every year since 2015.

Ms. Carboy’s cases have been featured on Dateline, and she has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox 4 News, The O’Reilly Factor, and WFAA, the Dallas ABC Affiliate. Ms. Carboy is the Program Co-Director for the Annual Medical Malpractice Conference of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.  Ms. Carboy is a Past President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Association of Nurse Attorneys.  Ms. Carboy is a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, the American Nurses Association, and the Texas Nurses Association. Ms. Carboy was awarded the 2020 Trial Lawyers Care Award from the American Association for Justice in recognition for her six weeks of service as a front-line Covid-19 Crisis Nurse in New Jersey during the pandemic as well as her local volunteer services with the Denton County Medical Reserve Corps.

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Learn more about Colleen Carboy, RN, JD

  • Registered Nurse and Attorney
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association Past President
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV ®Preeminent TMRating
  • Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Named to the “Super Lawyers” List, by Thomson Reuters, in Personal Injury Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice 2009-present
  • Member, “Nation’s Top One Percent” by National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015 to present
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA)


“In 1999, the Institute of Medicine sounded the alarm when it found that as many as 98,000 Americans are killed each year by medical errors. The Institute hoped that by highlighting the number of preventable deaths occurring each year, the crisis would be addressed and deaths would go down. They didn’t. In fact, a new study published in the BMJ, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, estimates that medical errors now claim 251,000 lives annually. Policymakers have largely failed to respond to this crisis, and in many states have actually weakened accountability for the healthcare industry rather than addressing the underlying problem.”

“Medical errors are causing the same number of deaths that would occur if five 737 jets crashed every day. We wouldn’t tolerate that from the airline industry and we shouldn’t tolerate it from the healthcare industry, either. Not only do these deadly errors occur, they are investigated in secret by the healthcare industry and the results are never revealed to the public or even to the family of the person killed. This week’s study demonstrates the urgent need for transparent investigations and accountability. Policymakers must start focusing less on protecting the healthcare industry and focusing more on protecting patients. Lives depend on it.”

“Medical errors can be defined as the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. Among the problems that commonly occur during the course of providing health care are adverse drug events and improper transfusions, surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery, suicides, restraint-related injuries or death, falls, burns, pressure ulcers, and mistaken patient identities. High error rates with serious consequences are most likely to occur in intensive care units, operating rooms, and emergency departments.”

“The status quo is not acceptable and cannot be tolerated any longer. Despite the cost pressures, liability constraints, resistance to change and other seemingly insurmountable barriers, it is simply not acceptable for patients to be harmed by the same health care system that is supposed to offer healing and comfort. “First do no harm” is an often quoted term from Hippocrates. Everyone working in health care is familiar with the term. At a very minimum, the health system needs to offer that assurance and security to the public.”