Contributors

Editorial Team

 
Heidi Gregory, Member
Contact Heidi

Ms. Gregory is a member of the firm, leader of the Health Care Industry Team, and practices in the Business and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She is listed in New York Super Lawyers in the areas of health care and business litigation. She has extensive court experience representing hospitals, health care providers, nursing homes, residential treatment facilities, professionals, insurance companies, municipal corporations, school districts, and large and small businesses in state and federal court. Ms. Gregory has successfully litigated a variety of medical malpractice and negligence cases and has handled numerous guardianship and civil commitment proceedings. Ms. Gregory regularly counsels health care clients in areas of risk management, medical ethics, clinical operations, statutory and regulatory compliance, professional discipline, credentialing, peer review and health information management. Ms. Gregory also provides statutory and regulatory compliance training seminars on a number of subjects, including HIPAA, guardianships, Mental Hygiene Law, end of life care and the new Family Health Care Decisions Act.Prior to joining Harris Beach in 1996, Ms. Gregory was in private practice where she focused primarily on civil litigation, including medical and dental malpractice and personal injury defense. View Heidi’s latest post.

 
Justin Runke, Member
Contact Justin

Mr. Runke is a member of the firm and practices with the Health Care Industry Team and the Corporate Practice Group. He has extensive experience in representing health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers and large physician practices in a wide array of transactional matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, physician contracting and recruiting, health information technology licensing, physician subsidy programs relating to the implementation of electronic health records, and physician-hospital integration matters including the formation and organization of captive professional corporations. Mr. Runke regularly counsels clients on corporate compliance matters, including matters related to corporate compliance plans and the role of officers and directors with respect to compliance. Mr. Runke is an original author of HIPAA Privacy Guide (CCH Incorporated, 2003), a compliance manual which provides a comprehensive introduction to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, together with practical implementation tools that may serve as a foundation for a comprehensive HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance program, and frequently counsels clients on HIPAA compliance issues. View Justin’s latest post.

 
Eric Bach, Associate
Contact Eric

Mr. Bach is an associate of the firm and practices with the Health Care Industry Team. His practice involves corporate compliance, fraud and abuse, and health information privacy concerns. Mr. Bach focuses on the counseling and defense of health care providers on matters pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, HIPAA and the HITECH Act, and state and federal regulatory compliance issues including Stark self-referral prohibitions, anti-kickback prohibitions, and false claims and fraudulent billing matters. View Eric’s latest post.

 
Guest Contributors

 
Terryl L. Brown, Member
Contact Terryl

Ms. Brown is a member of Harris Beach. She practices in the Government Compliance and Investigations Practice Group with a major focus on working with clients of the firm’s Energy Industry Team. In this capacity, she defends organizations and their executives on matters relating to corporate and government compliance, government investigations, consumer fraud and criminal charges. She also serves on the Municipalities and Local Agencies Industry Team. Ms. Brown brings nearly 20 years of experience in New York State government, having served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the New York Power Authority and the New York State Governor’s Office. With this experience, she counsels state government and municipal officials on matters relating to operational procedures, ethics and regulations. View Terryl’s post.

 
John Buhrman, Associate
Contact John

Mr. Buhrman is an associate of the firm and practices in the Corporate Practice Group . Mr. Buhrman counsels businesses at all phases of their business development and assists them on organizational matters, general business contracts, governmental compliance issues, financial transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. In connection with mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Buhrman represents clients in all stages of a transaction, including with the preparation submission of premerger filings with the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. View John’s post.

 
Rory Burrill, Director of Business Development, Logical Images, Inc.
Follow Rory on Twitter (@RoryBurrill)

Mr. Burrill is an avid technologist who values working with companies that develop products designed to improve clinical outcomes for patients and consumers. He has held business roles with companies in the health care sector for over 15 years. He led the development of Logical Images’ award winning consumer health web site Skinsight (www.skinsight.com) taking it from concept to an established web property with annual traffic in excess of eight million visitors. Logical Images is also the maker of VisualDx, a web-based clinical decision support system. The company’s products are designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety through the use of medical images, clinical text, and search algorithms. View Rory’s post.

 
Jeffrey R. Corey, CPA, Partner, The Bonadio Group
Contact Jeffrey

Jeff is the partner in charge of the firm’s Tax Division. He joined The Bonadio Group in 1999 with over eighteen years of diversified industry experience in corporate taxation. His industry background allows him to maintain a clear view of the client’s perspective in providing quality tax services to the firm’s client base.

Jeff provides management advisory and tax services to a variety of clients.  His expertise includes construction, manufacturing, real-estate development, leasing and environmental industries. He serves clients such as Hammer Lithograph Corp., LeChase Construction,Christa Construction and The Pike Company.

Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1979 and his MS in Accounting in 1989, both from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Jeff is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. View Jeff’s post.

 
Susan M. Crossett, Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs Advisor
Contact Susan

Ms. Crossett is a public affairs, communications and corporate strategy advisor to the clients of the Harris Beach Energy Industry Team. She also delivers consulting services through the Harris Beach consulting subsidiary, HB Solutions LLC. She brings an in-depth background in government, regulatory, public affairs, and corporate management. As a former corporate executive in large corporations, Ms. Crossett provides an overall public affairs and communications strategy for clients, tied to their global and regional business objectives. Additionally, Ms. Crossett assists client management in formulating and executing strategic goals to engage stakeholders which could positively impact the client’s ability to operate successfully. She also works with management teams to review organizational structure as a means to streamline processes. Ms. Crossett was previously vice president of U. S. Economic Development and Community Investment at National Grid, where she was responsible for economic development, community investment and stakeholder groups for U. S. business, managing approximately $40 million in special contracts for gas and electric customers. View Susan’s post.

 

Emily Durki Crowley, Associate
Contact Emily

Ms. Crowley is an associate of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. She obtained her JD, magna cum laude, from Albany Law School, her MBA from Clarkson University, and her BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. During law school, Ms. Crowley served as a senior editor of the Albany Law Review. She took second place and won Best Oral Advocate in the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials. Ms. Crowley serves as an advisor/coach of the Mercy High School Mock Trial Team. View Emily’s latest post.

 
Thomas A. DeSimon, Member
Contact Tom

Mr. DeSimon is a member of the firm and co-leader of the Government Compliance and Investigations Team. He represents corporate and individual clients in civil, criminal and administrative investigations and prosecutions conducted by a variety of governmental agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and district attorneys offices throughout New York state. He advises executives and management teams of Fortune 500 companies, health care organizations and private companies on matters related to corporate compliance and government investigations, and federal and state regulatory actions. He conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and serves as the clients’ liaison with prosecuting authorities. View Tom’s latest post.

 

Terrance P. Flynn, Member
Contact Terry

Mr. Flynn, the former Presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, is a member of Harris Beach and the co-leader of its Government Compliance and Investigation Team along with a member of its Business and Commercial Litigation and Insurance Litigation and Product Liability Defense Practice Groups. In addition to his U. S. Attorney Office’s role as the primary entity for all federal healthcare matters, the U. S. Attorney’s Office regularly collaborated with the New York State Attorney General, the New York State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General concerning resolution of matters that implicated Medicare and Medicaid. Mr. Flynn possesses degrees in accounting and law from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Buffalo Law School. View Terry’s latest post.

 

Alyssa Hochberg Fontaine, Member
Contact Alyssa

Ms. Fontaine is a member of the firm and practices in the Corporate Practice Group and serves on the Financial Institutions and Capital Markets Industry Team. She focuses on transactional work, securities matters and bank regulatory compliance. Ms. Fontaine advises business clients and entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, from documenting governance agreements among equity holders to negotiating and drafting key contracts. Her experience in mergers and acquisitions includes identifying appropriate deal structures for public and private clients, assisting in the negotiation of deal terms and drafting deal agreements. She serves as transaction counsel for lenders and investors, and she has worked with mezzanine investors to develop customized debt and equity instruments. For her securities and banking clients, Ms. Fontaine drafts federal and state securities filings and advises on banking applications and compliance matters. View Alyssa’s latest post.

 
Roy R. Galewski, Member
Contact Roy

Mr. Galewski is a member of the firm. He practices in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He represents and counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law, both in the private and public sectors and across several industries. He regularly counsels and represents employers in labor relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He also represents employers in employment litigation matters, including disputes over employment contracts, non-compete agreements, wage and hour claims, and employment discrimination claims. In addition, Mr. Galewski regularly represents employers before various administrative agencies and provides advice and counsel on day to day employment matters such as workforce reductions, application of collective bargaining agreements, employee discipline, leaves of absence and union organizing. View Roy’s latest post.

 

Panos Lykidis, MBA, Vice President, The Camden Group

Ms. Lykidis is a vice president with The Camden Group, Mr. Lykidis is a vice president with The Camden Group with more than 15 years of healthcare experience specializing in strategic and business planning for a range of healthcare provider and payer organizations. His experience includes service line planning, such as hospital/physician alignment, co-management arrangements, facility master planning, medical staff development plans and community impact studies. View Panos’ post.

 
Regina C. MacAdam, Senior Counsel
Contact Regina

Ms. MacAdam is a senior counsel of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team, where she concentrates her practice on regulatory, reimbursement, and compliance matters in the health care arena. Ms. MacAdam regularly advises health care clients on reimbursement matters regarding Medicare, Medicaid and third party payors, including billing, audits, investigations, voluntary self-disclosures, fraud and abuse (self-referral and anti-kickback concerns), and corporate compliance. Ms. MacAdam also advises clients on government licensure issues, as well as health information privacy and security concerns, including HIPAA and the New York State privacy law. Ms. MacAdam handles concerns of health care professionals, such as employment, licensure and credentialing. In addition, Ms. MacAdam drafts and negotiates contracts involving employment, affiliation, and vendor relationships. View Regina’s latest post.

 

Brian C. Mahoney, Member
Contact Brian

Mr. Mahoney is a member of the firm who serves on the Government Compliance and Investigations Team and practices in the Business and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He regularly advises clients on matters related to corporate compliance and government investigations as well as federal and state regulatory actions. His trial practice includes representing individuals, businesses and institutions in both civil and white collar criminal matters. Mr. Mahoney has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of Erie County from 2007- 2010. He was elected treasurer of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Mahoney is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. View Brian’s post.

 

Brigid M. Maloney, Member
Contact Brigid

Ms. Maloney is a member of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. She has advised health care physicians and institutions in corporate law, board governance, human resources, operations, hospital contracting, physician practice mergers, change management, regulatory compliance, physician recruitment, coding and documentation, billing policies and practices, Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption, Accountable Care Organization planning and the incentives available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Ms. Maloney was previously general counsel at UBMD Physicians Group, an affiliate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, where she rendered business, employment and general health care legal advice to the not-for-profit management services organization and 17 university faculty practice corporations consisting of 500 faculty physicians and their employees. She also served as Chief Compliance Officer at the University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, where she oversaw and monitored the corporate compliance program for the university’s faculty practice corporations. Ms. Maloney started her legal career as an Assistant County Attorney in the Erie County Attorney’s Office. Her responsibilities there included counseling hospital administration at the Erie County Medical Center on a wide range of health care issues.  View Brigid’s latest post.

 

Marge Mercury, RN, MS, CMCE, The Camden Group

Ms. Mercury is a senior manager with The Camden Group, with over 20 years of managed care experience in clinical and business settings.  She has 16 years of progressive managed healthcare experience specific to hospital and health systems, and HMOs, as well as 16 years of clinical nursing experience.  Ms. Mercury’s areas of expertise include the design and development of ACOs and clinical integration, care management, and the continuum of care. Ms. Mercury has served as a member of the America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Education and Training Committee, and is a frequent guest speaker at numerous local, regional, and national conferences.  In addition, she earned the designation of Certified Managed Care Executive (CMCE) in 2001 from the AHIP’s Executive Leadership Program. View Marge’s post.

 

Nicole Ozminkowski, Associate
Contact Nicole

Ms. Ozminkowski is an associate of the firm and practices in the Health Care Industry Team. She provides experience in a wide array of compliance and health regulatory matters, including Stark, Anti-Kickback, HIPAA, and fraud and abuse. She has also structured, negotiated, and drafted contracts and other business arrangements and provided assistance with due diligence, corporate and business matters in relation to mergers and acquisitions and corporate financing. Prior to joining Harris Beach, Ms. Ozminkowski was counsel at Health Care Navigator, LLC in White Plains, New York, where she performed extensive corporate, regulatory compliance and business transactional work for a variety of health care providers, including but not limited to skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation therapy companies, hospice, durable medical equipment and group purchasing organizations providing business operations in nine states. View Nicole’s latest post.

 
Mitchell Pawluk, Associate
Contact Mitchell

Mr. Pawluk is an associate of Harris Beach serving on the Government Compliance and Investigations Team and practicing in the Business and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. View Mitchell’s latest post.

 

Robert C. Scutt, Member
Contact Bob

Mr. Scutt is a member of the firm. He practices in the Corporate and Tax Law Practice Groups and Health Care Industry Team. Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America, he provides legal counsel to health care providers, charitable foundations, captive professional corporations, shared service organizations and cooperatives, and to non-profit and for-profit employers with respect to pension and other employee benefit programs. Mr. Scutt has extensive experience in nonprofit corporate reorganizations, taxable subsidiaries and joint ventures, physician contracting, employment, recruitment and incentive arrangements, unrelated business income tax issues, and health care fraud and abuse matters. Mr. Scutt’s legal practice also focuses on general corporate and personal tax planning and tax controversy issues related to tax exempt organizations, including charitable giving, New York sales tax requirements, tax exempt financing, employee benefit and pension plans, and federal credit unions. He also handles charity registrations and annual reporting requirements and deferred compensation, severance, and split dollar life insurance arrangements. View Bob’s post.

 

Karl J. Sleight, Member
Contact Karl

Mr. Sleight is a member of the firm and co-leader of the Government Compliance and Investigations Team. He served as the Executive Director of the New York State Ethics Commission from March 2001 through March 2007. During his tenure, he was responsible for conducting investigations of high ranking government officials and private sector entities that interact with government officials. Mr. Sleight also provided advice and interpretation of the state’s ethics and integrity laws to statewide elected officials. View Karl’s post.

 

Philip G. Spellane, Member
Contact Phil

Mr. Spellane is a member of the firm and co-chair of the Business and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He also practices in the Real Property Valuation Practice Group. Mr. Spellane focuses his legal practice on civil litigation, including commercial litigation, eminent domain proceedings, real property tax assessments, and professional malpractice defense. Mr. Spellane is a founding member and past president of the Rochester chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization of both plaintiff and defense counsel. View Phil’s post.

   

 

Edward A. Trevvett, Member
Contact Ed

Mr. Trevvett is a member of the firm and is co-leader of the EMS and Fire Protection Providers Industry Team. He also serves on the Health Care, Municipalities and Local Agencies, and the Educational Institutions Industry Teams. Mr. Trevvett represents clients in both the public and private sector, focusing his legal practice on providing counsel to employers in all areas of labor and employee relations; defending employment discrimination claims and Department of Labor matters of all types; representing employers in proceedings before administrative agencies including the National Labor Relations Board, New York Public Employment Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York State Education Department; negotiating collective bargaining agreements; arbitrating grievances; reviewing, revising, and developing employee handbooks and policies; drafting employment agreements; training managers in sexual harassment and other workplace issues; providing day to day guidance and advice to human resources managers on variety of employee relations concerns including Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour law, progressive discipline and discharge, drug and alcohol testing, union avoidance, and unemployment insurance benefits. View Ed’s post.

   

 

Dale A. Worrall, Member
Contact Dale

Mr. Worrall is a member of the firm. He practices in the Business and Commercial Litigation and the Government Compliance and Investigations Practice Groups, and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. He handles complex commercial disputes and regularly litigates in state and federal courts in New York and other states. Mr. Worrall sits on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association and handles investigations by state and federal enforcement agencies. Mr. Worrall has served as antitrust counsel for leading health care systems throughout upstate New York with respect to mergers and competitor collaborations. Mr. Worrall has extensive experience as a trial attorney and has handled appellate cases before the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. View Dale’s latest post.