1 Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. has been representing physicians and other healthcare professionals for more than thirty years. Kern Augustine, in association with its affiliate, Augustine Kern & Levens, form one of the nation s largest Healthcare Law Firms devoted predominantly to the needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Together they have represented physicians throughout the United States. Kern Augustine provides the Physician Advocacy Program to thousands of physicians in New Jersey and to thousands more who are members of the Medical Society of the State of New York. Through this program, participating physicians are assured expert legal assistance, at no additional cost, in the event of investigation by the State Board of Medical Examiners, OPMC, Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Insurance, and other regulatory agencies. Kern Augustine also acts as General Counsel to numerous specialty and county medical societies throughout the nation. It also represents many hospital medical staffs. The firm has also been awarded Martindale-Hubbell s highest and most coveted rating of AV, meaning that they have rated the firm s legal ability as very high to preeminent and its general ethics as very high. Martindale-Hubbell is the nation s foremost attorney rating service, and bases its ratings on carefully conducted investigations and peer review. Kern Augustine not only provides representation to physicians before State and Federal regulatory agencies and in hospital privileges disputes, it also offers a full range of Healthcare law services including representation of physicians in commercial, contractual and transactional matters, regulatory compliance, employer-employee relationships, tax and pension issues, asset protection, disputes with managed care companies, and criminal and general litigation. The firm also provides comprehensive services to meet the demands of the OIG Small Physician Practice Compliance Guidance and HIPAA regulations. In matters of business and group formation, Kern Augustine is at the cutting edge, working closely with physicians and the financial community, to create physician owned and controlled practice entities, capable of assuring their independence and financial well-being for the longterm. Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. is one of the few health care law firms in the nation which focuses its practice on the needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The firm s principals and senior attorneys are highly experienced. They have devoted their professional careers to representing healthcare professionals in their business and professional endeavors, and in defending them when the need arises.
2 ATTORNEY PROFILES Algis K. Augustine: Robert J. Conroy: Michael J. Schoppmann: Mathew J. Levy: Mr. Augustine has represented over one thousand professionals in licensing and governmental problems in over thirty states. Former Chief Regulatory Officer for the Illinois Department of Registration and Education where he was responsible for regulating over 600,000 professionals; Nationally recognized speaker on professional disciplinary matters. Mr. Augustine heads the Illinois affiliate of Kern Augustine. University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D.; University of Notre Dame, B.A. Admitted to practice Recognized authority on Healthcare law related matters; Former Chief of New York City s Medical Malpractice Unit. Founding director and past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association s Health and Hospital Law Section. Mr. Conroy focuses his practice on litigation of complex medical and Healthcare matters. Harvard University, School of Public Health, M.P.H.; New York Law School, J.D.; City University of New York, Baruch College, M.P.A.; St. Peters College, B.S. Admitted to practice Regarded nationally, Mr. Schoppmann has spent his career focusing on the defense of Healthcare professionals in actions before state licensing authorities, the Office of Inspector General (Medicare), hospital disciplinary actions and other State and Federal authorities, Mr. Schoppmann has also served as a faculty member of the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Executive Program in Health Care Delivery Management. He is a past two-term Chairman of the State Bar Association s Administrative Law Section. Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.; St. John s University, B.S. Admitted to practice Mathew J. Levy is a Principal of the firm. Mr. Levy is nationally recognized as having extensive experience representing healthcare clients in transactional and regulatory matters. Mr. Levy has particular expertise in, structuring and negotiating joint venture agreements, stock purchase, asset sale agreements, shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, settlement agreements, employment contracts, managed care agreements and commercial leases. Also, he specializes in coordinating mergers and acquisitions, compliance programs, ambulatory surgery centers, establishment of diagnostic and treatment centers, HIPPA privacy regulations, fee-splitting issues, Stark law issues, fraud and abuse rules, regulations, and Medicare/Medicaid, Oxford, Americhoice and other third party payor audits. Touro Law School, J.D.; State University New York, Binghamton, B.S. Admitted to practice 1998.
3 David L. Adelson: Sheila Mints: Charles H. Newman: Denise L. Sanders: Prior to joining Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, Mr. Adelson was a founding Partner in the Law Firm of Adelson Slater & Medison PLLC. With over twenty years of experience, Mr. Adelson has practiced in areas of Healthcare Law and Litigation. He is a member of the bar of the States of New Jersey and New York and concentrates in the fields of Professional Discipline, Insurance Audits and Refund Requests and Healthcare Litigations. St. John s University School of Law, J.D.; SUNY Albany, B.A. Admitted to practice in Ms. Mints specializes in health care transactional matters, including purchases and sales of medical practices, joint ventures between hospitals and medical practices, business succession planning, and mergers of practices. She assists in establishing medical practices, preparing and negotiating shareholder agreements and employment agreements and advising on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. Ms. Mints extensive background in taxation allows her to understand and advised her clients on the important tax aspects of transactional matters. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Mints also practices in the area of estate planning and asset protection planning. Mr. Newman has more than 25 years of experience in a broad range of corporate and real estate transactional matters. His corporate experience includes organization, purchase and sale of businesses and practices, private debt and equity financing, commercial transactions, drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of contracts, due diligence, and advice and counsel on legal and regulatory issues. Real estate experience includes purchasing and selling, leasing and secured lending. Columbia University School of Law, J.D.; Columbia College, B.A. Admitted to practice Formerly a member of the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, Ms. Sanders litigated the landmark case involving the termination of medical treatment; Former Chairperson of the New Jersey Department of Health Transplant Advisory Council. Ms. Sanders now devotes her professional time to the complex regulatory issues involved in the formation and operation of physician groups, networks and other physician business entities, and to matters of compliance and privacy. University of Kansas School of Law, J.D.; Wichita State University, B.S.W. Admitted to practice in 1985.
4 R. Bruce Crelin: Mr. Crelin practices primarily in the field of complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, business torts, unfair competition and tortious interference, intellectual property and contract cases, in both state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels. He has authored briefs to the United States Supreme Court and to various state and federal trial and appellate courts, including briefs amicus curiae on significant public policy matters. The National Law Center, The George Washington University, J.D.; Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.A., with honors. Admitted to practice in Donald R. Moy: Daniel G. Giaquinto: Edward R. Hopkins: Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel to the Medical Society of the State of New York for over 25 years. He is a recognized speaker on Healthcare law. Mr. Moy has authored numerous articles and has served as co-editor of the Legal Manual for New York Physicians (1 st, 2 nd, and 3 rd edition) published by the New York State Bar Association in collaboration with the Medical Society of the State of New York. Albany Law School, J.D.; City College of NY, B.A. Admitted to practice Mr. Giaquinto was the Mercer County Prosecutor before becoming the Assistant Attorney General/Director of State Police Affairs for the State of New Jersey. He is also a Colonel and Judge Advocate in the New Jersey Army National Guard. His experience includes serving as a Deputy Attorney General in the Major Fraud Unit of the Division of Criminal Justice and as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Trenton and the Township of Hopewell; Mr. Giaquinto heads the White Collar Crime Unit for Kern Augustine. Admitted to practice in Mr. Hopkins practice is focused on Healthcare law and civil litigation, including commercial litigation in state and federal courts and significant appellate matters in both court systems. Mr. Hopkins has litigated numerous corporate, labor, employment, pension (ERISA), construction and trust and estate disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. He has also handled many cases before administrative agencies. St. Johns University School of Law, J.D.; Columbia University, M.Ed.; State University of New York at Stony Brook, M.L.A.; Fordham University, B.A. Admitted to practice in New York in 1989.
5 Thomas M. Gallo, RPA: Matthew T. Talty: Mr. Gallo has extensive experience regarding the complex and diverse legal needs of Healthcare providers. His practice includes professional discipline, administrative and licensure matters, institutional privilege concerns, reimbursement issues, regulatory compliance, retrospective audits and other medical practice issues. New England School of Law, J.D.; Long Island University-The Brooklyn Hospital, Physician Assistant Program. Admitted to practice Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Talty served as Assistant General Counsel to the Medical Society of the State of New York for over 15 years. Mr. Talty co-authored three chapters in the Legal Manual for New York Physicians 1 st, 2 nd, and 3 rd editions. Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.; Queens College, B.A. Admitted to practice in New York in Lawrence F. Kobak, DPM: Dr. Kobak is a former partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP and the director of the firm's Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) and Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) practice. Dr. Kobak's practice includes representing physicians in connection with licensure issues. Touro Law School, J.D.; New York College of Podiatric Medicine, DPM; CUNY, Queens College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa. Admitted to practice in David N. Vozza: Nan Gallagher-Auferio: Mr. Vozza practices in the areas of Healthcare law, commercial litigation and professional discipline. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Vozza was in private practice and has extensive experience in representing physicians in a wide variety of matters including corporate issues and no-fault claims. Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.; State University of New York, Stony Brook, B.A. Admitted to practice in Ms. Gallagher-Auferio focuses her practice on Healthcare Law including licensing and regulatory matters, medical malpractice defense, insurance fraud, fee disputes, medical staffing matters, quality assurance and regulatory compliance counseling, and other civil and administrative areas that affect healthcare providers every day. Ms. Gallagher is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey (2001), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2001) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2008). She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the Morris County Bar Association and the William J. Brennan, Jr. American Inn of Court.
6 Sharmila Jaipersaud: Svetlana Ros: Stacey Lipitz Marder: Ms. Jaipersaud practices in the areas of Corporate, Real Estate, and Business Transactions. Ms. Jaipersaud is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Division, and New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. Graduated from Rutgers University School of Law Camden, J.D. (2002); Fordham University, Phi Sigma Tau National Philosophy Honor Society (B.A. 1999). Admitted to practice in Ms. Ros focuses her practice in the area of Healthcare law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits and investigations. She also assists in a variety of transactional and regulatory matters affecting Healthcare providers. Ms. Ros is a member of the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (2007); Cook College, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, B.S. (2003). Admitted to practice in NJ (2007) and NY (2008). Stacey Lipitz Marder practices in the area of Healthcare law, including regulatory and HIPAA compliance, fraud and abuse, licensure matters, medical staff issues, managed care disputes, and transactional matters. She is a member of the bar of the States of New York and New Jersey and prior to joining the firm, Ms. Marder represented physicians and hospitals in a wide variety of matters in both states. Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2007); Cornell University, B.S. (2004). Admitted to practice TO CONTACT KERN AUGUSTINE CONROY & SCHOPPMANN, P.C.: DrLaw.com
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