Editorial Team
Heidi Gregory, Member
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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
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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
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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
Julie M. Bargnesi, Member
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Ms. Bargnesi is a member of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. She concentrates her practice in the area of health care law and medical malpractice, and is an experienced litigator with an outstanding trial record. She is also a registered nurse. Ms. Bargnesi has been representing long term care facilities and assisted living facilities throughout New York state in negligence/malpractice actions for several years. She is a frequent lecturer on long term care and assisted living issues including Public Health Law section 2801, arbitration agreements in the nursing home setting and class action litigation against nursing home groups. She is currently representing defendants in a class action on behalf of several hundred nursing home residents based on New York Public Health Law section 2801 (d).View Julie’s post.
Jason T. Britt, Associate
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Mr. Britt is an associate of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. His primary focus is defending the doctors, nurses, and staff of hospitals and nursing homes against claims of malpractice, negligence, and New York Public Health Law Section 2801-d violations. He also has experience representing individual and institutional clients across a number of litigation subspecialties including, real property, trusts and estates, and contract disputes.View Jason’s post.
Rory Burrill, Director of Business Development, Logical Images, Inc.
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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 ( 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
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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
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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 D. Crowley, Associate
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Ms. Crowley is an associate of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. Her practice focuses on clinical operations, risk management, medical ethics, professional discipline, HIPAA/HITECH compliance and related privacy matters. Ms. Crowley also has experience defending clients in medical malpractice and negligence cases and is involved in all phases of litigated disputes. Additionally, she has experience providing assistance with due diligence and corporate and business matters in relation to mergers and acquisitions. View Emily’s latest post.
Patrick B. Curran, Member
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Mr. Curran is a member of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, defending matters involving medical malpractice, nursing home claims, class actions, dental malpractice and general negligence litigation. He has handled cases in 23 counties and served as lead counsel in 70 jury trials resulting in a verdict, with more than 90 percent of those verdicts in favor of his clients. Mr. Curran is chief trial counsel for a major hospital system in Western New York and co-lead trial counsel for leading nursing home providers in New York state. As a well-respected trial advocate, he also participates in alternative dispute resolution and has served as an arbitrator on numerous occasions. View Pat’s latest post
Thomas A. DeSimon, Member
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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.
Amy Archer Flaherty, Member
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Ms. Flaherty is a member of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. Ms. Flaherty practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense and long-term care defense. She also counsels hospitals, doctors and other health care providers on risk management and patient and resident care issues. She has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts. Ms. Flaherty also is a member of the Appellate Practice Group. She has prepared and successfully argued a large number of appeals in New York state’s appellate courts, including the Court of Appeals. The appeals Ms. Flaherty has handled encompass a wide range of issues, including general negligence, toxic torts, medical malpractice, long-term care and labor law. Ms. Flaherty also counsels trial litigants on the preservation of arguments and the submission of evidence to ensure appellate review. View Amy’s latest post.
Terrance P. Flynn, Member
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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.
Roy R. Galewski, Member
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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.
Gene Kelly, Senior Counsel
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Mr. Kelly is senior counsel to the firm. He practices in the Environmental Law and Government Compliance and Investigations Practice Groups and serves on the Energy and the Municipalities and Local Agencies Industry Teams. Prior to joining Harris Beach, Mr. Kelly was the regional director of Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where he directed all aspects of the operation of a more than 200 staff member, multi-office agency in a nine county region. Mr. Kelly is an experienced environmental lawyer with intimate knowledge of the workings of local, state and federal agencies, including the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, Transportation, and State; the Empire State Development Corporation; and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and Department of Justice.View Gene’s 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.
Adam M. Lynch, Associate
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Mr. Lynch is an associate of the firm and serves on the Health Care Industry Team. He has been involved in depositions, discovery and trial preparations in state and federal courts, as well as handled jury selection. His experience includes collaborating with experts to investigate causes of action, preparing motions, as well as arguing multiple motions in New York State Supreme Court. View Adam’s post.
Regina C. MacAdam, Senior Counsel
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Ms. MacAdam is 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 provides legal assistance to multiple health homes, a care management model adopted by New York Medicaid.  She provides guidance to various clients on telehealth/telemedicine, including credentialing and health information technology issues.  Ms. MacAdam advises on e-health and the e-prescribing requirements scheduled for March 2016.  Ms. MacAdam advises health care clients on reimbursement matters regarding Medicare, Medicaid and third party payors, including billing, audits, 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. 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
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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.
John McManus, Member
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Ms. Mr. McManus is a member of the firm and the Energy and Telecommunications Industry Teams and Environmental Law and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups. With the Environmental Law Practice Group, he represents corporate and individual clients on a wide range of matters involving permitting, regulatory compliance, civil and administrative enforcement, and dispute resolution. View John’s 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Marnie Smith, Associate
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Marnie works with school districts on matters including student discipline, residency, FERPA and social networking. She addresses FOIL requests, Open Meetings Law issues and also revises board of education policies and codes of conduct. She investigates employee misconduct, discrimination and sexual harassment claims, and has been involved in arbitration proceedings and staff training sessions on these and other topics. Marnie is an associate of Harris Beach in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and serving on the Educational Institutions Industry Team. View Marnie’s post.
Philip G. Spellane, Member
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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
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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.
Jeff Weiss, Member
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Mr. Weiss represents school districts in impartial due process hearings, appeals to the Office of State Review, and federal and state court actions. He is a partner of Harris Beach and practices with the Educational Institutions Industry Team and Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. View Jeff’s latest post.
Dale A. Worrall, Member
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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.