Lisa Boyle is a partner and chairs Robinson+Cole’s Health Law Group. She has spent more than 23 years representing a wide variety of health care providers, including hospitals, physicians, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, continuing care retirement communities, and federally qualified health centers. Ms. Boyle has extensive experience advising health care providers on medical staff and peer review issues, physician recruitment and compensation, medical staff bylaws, management arrangements, electronic medical records, EMTALA, the Stark law and anti-kickback statute, corporate governance, corporate compliance, gainsharing issues, clinical integration and antitrust issues, and risk management and patient care issues. Ms. Boyle has represented health care providers in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private placements, and reorganizations. She regularly serves as counsel to hospitals and physicians’ groups in forming and preparing organizational documents for various joint venture structures.
Ms. Boyle lectures frequently on a variety of health care topics, including physician recruitment, physician compensation, peer review, HIPAA, and informed consent. She is the author of the book entitled HIPAA-a Guide to Health Care Privacy and Security Law, published by Aspen Publishers. Read more at rc.com.
Melissa (Lisa) Thompson
Lisa Thompson advises companies, senior management, and their boards of directors, with a focus on the health care and life sciences industries. She has extensive experience in regulatory and corporate law, government investigations and audits, administrative and federal court appeals, commercial contracting, managed care disputes, clinical research law and IRBs, reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid, state and federal surveys and termination actions, pharmacy and compounding laws, fraud and abuse, Stark Law, anti-kickback, federal program exclusions, and privacy and security (HIPAA / HITECH). Ms. Thompson’s life sciences experience includes FDA regulatory matters, product recalls and claims, FDA citizen petitions and appeals, labeling review, advertising and marketing compliance, drug and device reimbursement, clinical research agreements, and commercial contracting.
Her clients have included hospital systems, academic medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotechnology companies, technology services providers, laboratories, pharmacies and retail pharmacy chains, physician practices, and others in the health care and life sciences industries. She is an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, serving on their Commercial Panel and National Healthcare Panel. She is also on the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the American Health Lawyers Association. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Brian Nichols is a member of our Health Law Group, where he represents hospitals, physician groups, nursing homes, community providers, and other provider entities. Mr. Nichols provides legal counsel on a full range of transactional and regulatory health law issues, including contracting, fraud and abuse, tax exemption, licensure, government investigations, medical staff, joint ventures, affiliations, physician recruitment, reimbursement, and privacy of medical information. He also counsels clients on risk management issues. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Les Levinson is the co-chair of the Transactional Healthcare Practice Group at Robinson+Cole. His practice concentrates on transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters for healthcare and life science clients, including home care and hospice companies, other non-acute providers, physician practices, hospitals, information technology and medical device companies, healthcare equipment providers and healthcare investors, lenders, and related enterprises and he has completed over 300 M&A and financing transactions. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Ted Tucci is a partner in the Health Law Group and in the Litigation Section, where he chairs the firm’s Health and Benefits Litigation Practice. Mr. Tucci regularly defends health care clients and their officers and directors against a wide array of claims involving alleged wrongful acts arising out of healthcare operations. His experience includes handling government investigation responses, antitrust claims, commercial disputes, and class actions against health system clients.
Mr. Tucci also has experience in counseling and representing health industry clients in risk management, administrative law, and staff privileges matters. His experience includes acting as counsel for both hospitals and hearing committees in bylaw administrative proceedings involving staff privileges, peer review, and physician discipline issues. He has litigated the leading cases in Connecticut on matters involving restriction or termination of medical staff privileges, medical education, provider deselection, and ERISA preemption. He also has appeared before Connecticut’s Office of Health Care Access on certificate of need and other regulatory matters and before the Connecticut departments of Health and Social Services on regulatory enforcement issues and reimbursement matters. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Jacqueline Pennino Scheib
Jacqueline Scheib chairs Robinson+Cole’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and is a partner in the Business Transactions Section. Her experience includes counseling on and negotiation of intellectual property and technology matters including brand management, technology licensing, research and development, outsourcing, and maintenance and service agreements, among other things. In the context of healthcare, she has particular depth in the implementation and removal of electronic medical record systems, health information exchange platforms, and claim processing and clinical information systems. Ms. Scheib works with a wide variety of clients but has particular depth of experience handling healthcare, consumer product, and food and beverage clients. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Nathaniel Arden is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Health Law Group. He advises hospitals, physician groups, community providers, and other health care entities on a wide variety of health law and business matters. He regularly assists clients with transactional and regulatory issues, including Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, health information privacy and security, compliance, licensure, clinical trials and health care-related information technology issues. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Conor Duffy is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Health Law Group and the firm’s Data Privacy + Security Team. Mr. Duffy advises hospitals, physician groups, accountable care organizations, community providers, post-acute care providers, and other health care entities on general corporate matters and health care issues. He provides legal counsel on a full range of transactional and regulatory health law issues, including contracting, licensure, mergers and acquisitions, the False Claims Act, the Stark Law, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws and regulations, HIPAA compliance, state breach notification requirements, and other health care regulatory matters. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Anna Gurevich advises hospitals, physician groups, community providers, and other health care entities on a variety of health law and general business issues. She is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group. Her practice focuses on counseling health care providers in complex business arrangements and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Anna worked at a health care law firm and a large academic medical center. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Stephen Aronson concentrates his practice on employment litigation and employer counseling. He has particular expertise in the health care industry, regularly defending hospitals, health care systems, and physician groups from discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower retaliation, and free speech claims as well as compliance actions. He also works with senior management on implementing best practices, risk avoidance, investigations, and litigation oversight. Mr. Aronson also handles hearings on injunctions in noncompete cases for both former employers and new employers, including related claims such as misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, and employee theft. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Bruce Barth is chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Compensation Group. He represents hospitals, health care organizations, and foundations regarding their retirement and welfare benefit programs, executive compensation matters, and benefits issues in corporate transactions. He has an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges involved in the design, administration, and operation of healthcare and non-profit retirement and executive compensation plans, as well as matters that raise intermediate sanctions issues. Mr. Barth is co-chair of the Subcommittee on Exempt Organization and Governmental Plans, part of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Taxation. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Ian Clarke-Fisher focuses on commercial and employment litigation. He works with businesses on every aspect of a dispute, from pre-litigation strategies to taking matters on appeal. His commercial cases involve complex contractual disputes, along with breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, unfair trade practices, and intellectual property claims. Ian also handles employment related cases and counsels clients on various employment issues, including restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues. Ian is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group.
Natale Di Natale
Natale Di Natale is a partner focusing his practice on all facets of management-side labor relations and employment law. Mr. Di Natale has been practicing labor and employment law in Connecticut since 1996. Mr. Di Natale has devoted his practice almost exclusively to private sector labor law, including in the health care setting. He has worked with numerous acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home care service providers. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Kate Dion is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and its Government Investigations, Corporate Compliance + Criminal Defense Practice Team. She regularly counsels health care entities in connection with health care compliance and fraud and abuse issues. She has assisted clients with government investigations involving agencies such as the United States Attorneys’ Office, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and local law enforcement. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Linn Foster Freedman
Linn Freedman is chair of the firm’s Data Privacy + Security Team. She is also an active member of firm’s Health Law Group, education practice, Environmental + Utilities Group, Insurance + Reinsurance Group, and Business Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on data privacy and security law, responses to data breaches, compliance with federal and state privacy and security laws, breach notification laws, and assisting clients with regulatory investigations.
Ms. Freedman is experienced in providing counsel to health care organizations, Regional Health Information Organizations, and privacy and security issues related to interoperability of electronic health records. She has litigated complex cases, including privacy cases, and class action data breach litigation in state, federal, and appellate courts, government investigations, and serves as general counsel of the Rhode Island Quality Institute. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Ms. Kushel counsels healthcare clients on all aspects of employment law and workplace human resource issues, including equal employment matters, investigations and hiring, discipline, termination, discrimination, leave and harassment issues. She also litigates matters from inception to trial and through appeal in federal and state courts.
Ms. Kushel also represents clients in administrative agency matters before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ms. Kushel also represents clients at private and public arbitration hearings, and regularly represents clients in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions with federal, state and private mediators.
She has extensive experience assisting clients in the healthcare industry. She regularly works with healthcare institutions, hospitals and medical practices regarding employee and physician issues. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Virginia McGarrity is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Compensation Group. She regularly counsels hospitals, physician practices, and assisted living home and hospice providers on their employee benefits plans, with an emphasis on health and welfare plans and issues related to health care reform. She also assists for-profit and nonprofit entities regarding their qualified and nonqualified employee benefits plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit plans, and deferred compensation plans, including 457(b) and 457(f) plans. Read her full rc.com bio here.
As co-chair of the immigration group, Josh Mirer advises companies and health centers regarding nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for their employees. He also counsels employers regarding Forms I-9 and worksite enforcement. He has extensive experience assisting health centers and physicians groups in obtaining waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for J-1 physicians. With over 16 years of experience in immigration law, Josh has filed thousands of nonimmigrant visa petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and over 300 applications for labor certification under PERM since its inception in 2005. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Kathryn M. Rattigan concentrates her practice on data privacy and security counseling. She has expertise in helping clients comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by reviewing, revising, and implementing necessary policies and procedures for all types of healthcare organizations, ranging from solo practitioners to expansive hospital systems. Ms. Rattigan works with clients to map the types of data they collect and then determine how the information should be secured and protected through appropriate practices, policies and procedures. She also works with clients to handle potential and confirmed data breaches while providing insight into federal regulations and requirements. Read her full rc.com bio here.
Rickie Sonpal has a broad-based corporate and transactional practice that encompasses mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, debt and equity financing, and general corporate and commercial matters. He is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions and Finance Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Group.