Kayla Johnson


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; SMU Law Review

B.A., University of Oklahoma




Kayla J. Cristales focuses her practice primarily on transactional and regulatory healthcare matters, advising clients on a wide range of unique issues regarding compliance with complex healthcare laws without stifling clients’ innovation or their business objectives.

Kayla routinely advises on matters involving key regulatory areas, including the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, state fraud and abuse laws, the Sunshine Act, state examining board rules, the Administrative Procedure Act, and FDA drug compounding laws, among a number of others. In doing so, she has added critical regulatory insight to a number of transactional operations and compliance reviews, and helped clients address obstacles and navigate through the often overlapping state and federal healthcare laws.

Before going to law school, Kayla taught high school English as a Teach for America Corps member. In law school, she was awarded SMU Dedman School of Law’s Don M. Smart Directed Research Award for a comprehensive research paper she authored regarding the physician-hospital relationship, credentialing, and the role of medical staff bylaws in today’s healthcare environment. She also studied, and wrote extensively about, bioethics issues and the legal framework for addressing them at the state (Texas) and federal level.

In addition to her healthcare experience, Kayla has assisted with a number of evolving FDA regulatory issues, specifically focusing on marketing and labeling requirements as applicable to restaurant chains, retailers, cosmetics, and other consumer products.

Selected Client Representations

  • Provide regulatory guidance regarding the legal framework governing physician drug compounding.
  • Review, revise, and draft In-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders and Consents in compliance with (at-the-time) newly enacted state Health and Safety Code provisions.
  • Perform comprehensive state and federal regulatory analyses and provide compliance advice in connection with numerous operational endeavors proposed by healthcare entities.
  • Review and revise patient paperwork and internal policies for physician groups and other healthcare entities.
  • Provide guidance regarding provider enrollment and claim submission requirements in relation to Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, TriCare, and Medicare Advantage.
  • Conduct surveys of state laws applicable to individual and corporate providers, including those related to patient abandonment, informed consent, and the corporate practice of medicine.
  • Advise restaurant chains and retailers regarding FDA menu labeling requirements.
  • Conduct due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions involving food manufacturing facilities to determine level of compliance with state and local permit/license requirements.

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