Kim Bixenstine is one of the area’s foremost experts in health law, having spent 16 years building an award-winning claims, litigation and risk management system at University Hospitals (UH). She worked for four years as UH’s Chief Compliance Officer after serving as the Hospitals’ Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for 12 years.
Kim retired from UH in 2019 and one of her new post-retirement roles will be to serve as a Health Care Law Leader-in–Residence at CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
CSU C|M|LAW’s Leader-in-Residence program, founded in 2017, is designed to closely connect students, staff and faculty with volunteer community leaders. CSU C|M|LAW currently has long-term relationships with 13 Leaders-in-Residence who volunteering their time and share their wide-ranging experiences for the benefit of the law school.
Bixenstine, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, will work primarily with the CSU C|M|LAW Center for Health Law & Policy. She will mentor students and work with the law school to enhance the profile and impact of the Center.
Kim’s experience at CSU C|M|LAW previously includes participating with the Moot Court Program and attending various conferences and seminars at the Law School. She is excited to get to know the school’s students and faculty in her new role.
“I find it rewarding to be able to help others learn and grow,” said Bixenstine. “I look forward to combining my leadership and strategic thinking skills, my knowledge of the law and policy, and my contacts in the community in my teaching and mentorship.”
As Chief Compliance Officer of University Hospitals, Kim was in charge of promoting an ethical decision-making culture and leading the compliance and ethics program system wide. She implemented proactive education for all physicians and employees, and prompted notice for any incidents that resulted in adverse outcomes. Under her leadership as Chief Compliance Officer, UH was named by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical all four years. Kim is a big proponent of fostering a culture of transparency, and that is something she will instill on CSU C|M|LAW students.
Before joining UH, Kim was Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for TRW, Inc., and was a partner at Jones Day, where she was a member of the Litigation Group and represented clients on a range of high profile, complex litigation matters.
Since retiring from UH, Kim has joined Bixenstine Resolutions LLC with her husband, Bart, as a professional mediator and arbitrator. She specializes in civil disputes, including medical malpractice, tort, employment, contract, business, health care, and False Claims Act matters. Kim has previously mediated cases as a volunteer for the Cleveland Metro Bar Association and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has a unique skillset and temperament that lends itself to dispute resolution
“I have strong listening and creative problem-solving skills – I’m strategic, tenacious and persuasive,” explained Bixenstine. “I have the experience to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s position and I believe in the power of resolution.”
In addition to her role at CSU C|M|LAW, Kim serves on the Boards and Executive Committees of the Great Lakes Theater and Shaker Heights Development Corporation. She previously chaired the Board of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and is still involved in various volunteer activities with the Crisis Center.
Kim also serves on the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition, which is a non-partisan coalition of five local Bar Associations that interviews and rates judicial candidates to help Cuyahoga County voters elect fair and respectable judges.