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M. Elizabeth (Beth) Nillen

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney Beth Nillen

T 602.333.5470
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Elizabeth Nillen combines more than 15 years of employment law background, her recent experience as an ICU nurse, and knowledge as a health care lawyer to investigate employment claims for various health care companies. Beth also handles day-to-day legal affairs for her clients, representing them in all facets of the employment relationship in addition to their health care law-related concerns.

Beth has first-hand clinical understanding of health care through her eight years of in-hospital experience as a stroke-certified Registered Nurse. She has previously worked several units throughout the hospital system, including in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Room, and Neuro, Trauma and Orthopedics Unit. Her focus was working with patients who were suffering from neurological deficits, stroke, and catastrophic and traumatic brain injuries. During the pandemic, she worked on the front lines in the ICU treating COVID-19 patients. Beth also served on a large Arizona hospital’s ethics committee as well as recently completed two terms on the State Board of Nursing’s Scope of Practice Committee.

In 2020, Beth founded a private practice that became a unique one-stop-shop for health care facilities to resolve their healthcare and legal concerns. Through her vast experiences, Beth brings a rare combination of real world knowledge that allows her clients to achieve their legal goals in the healthcare industry.

Highlights of Beth’s experience include:

  • Resolved numerous allegations of fraud and misconduct through an extensive outside investigation involving a nurse assigned to a large third-party hospital client of one of the country’s leading travel nurse companies.
  • Navigated licensing and regulatory concerns on behalf of a large health care facility.
  • Conducted various discrimination investigations.
  • Lead negotiator in landmark tripartite boundary agreement.


  • Presenter, “We Need to Talk About it in the Workplace: Addressing Mental Health Issues at Work,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Arizona Chapter Meeting, 2022

Community Involvement

  • Legends FC Arizona, Vice President and Co-Founding Director


  • Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH)
  • Top Employment Lawyers, Arizona Magazine
  • Top Lawyers, Madison Magazine

Contact Beth Nillen at 602.333.5470 or bnillen@spencerfane.com.