Frier Levitt is a boutique healthcare law firm. Our over 20 attorneys bring to the firm collective wisdom from previous experience in hospital administration, professional licensing, Attorney General actions, clinical practice, and medical billing. Through our experience of representing thousands of pharmacies across the country we have developed strong relationships with key decision makers at each pharmacy benefits manager. We provide comprehensive legal services to healthcare providers, including Compounding and Specialty Pharmacies, Outsourcing Facilities, chemical manufacturers, repackagers, wholesalers, group purchasing organizations, buying groups, physician groups, laboratories, surgery and imaging centers, and other healthcare related businesses.
Daniel B. Frier, Esq. co-founded the healthcare law firm of Frier Levitt, LLC in 2000, and is Chairman of the firm's Healthcare Department after many years of dedicating his practice to representing all manner of healthcare providers across the full gamut of healthcare-related legal matters. Dan graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1990 before he went on to pursue a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 1994, and was editor of the "Temple Law Review."
Dan's 20 years of healthcare law experience includes the representation of a diverse group of healthcare clients, including healthcare providers such as physicians, physician groups, pharmacies, ambulatory surgical centers and imaging centers, sleep centers and laboratories concerning corporate, transactional and regulatory issues. He also provides clients with strategic advice on how to adjust their operations to keep pace with the quickly changing healthcare marketplace. Dan works with clients on practice formations and sales, fraud and abuse and Stark counseling, buy-sell agreements, employment issues, large group practice mergers, HIPAA compliance, and governmental, Professional Board and medical staff investigations. Because so much of healthcare law is federal in nature, Dan has clients across the country, and has a national presence in the formation of large group medical practices.
Dan recently received the following achievement awards:
Dan has been married to his wife, Alana, for over 20 years, and they have two children together, Raquel and Sean. After many years of training, Dan is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie, and teaches classes as part of his regular training routine.
Legal: Temple University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Editor – Temple Law Review
Undergraduate: Franklin & Marshall College, B.A.
"Experts Weigh in on Hospital – Urgent Care Center Joint Ventures," 2014
"New Legislation to Regulate Out-of-Network Benefits," 2011
"Fraud Alert Regarding the Rental of Space in Physician Offices," 2000
"Corporate Compliance Programs in a Facility Setting," 1999
"Qui Tam Lawsuits on the Rise," 1999
"Formation and Licensure of Ambulatory Care Facilities," Essex County Medical Society Bulletin, 1998
"Physician/Hospital Joint Ventures," 1997
"Antitrust Implications of Physician Network Joint Ventures," 1996
"Management Services Organizations and Practices Without Walls," 1996
"Physician Confidentiality," Cosmetic Dermatology Today, 1995
Eric Johnson House, AIDS Residence Coalition of Morris County, Inc. (General Counsel)
Board of Trustees of The Blood Center of New Jersey
Lecturer for various hospital and physician groups regarding:
Jonathan E. Levitt, Esq., co-founded the boutique healthcare law firm of Frier Levitt, LLC in 2000. Frier Levitt, LLC has a national presence in pharmacy law and has been counsel to a nationwide class action of independent pharmacies. After graduating from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, Jonathan pursued a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School, where he edited the New York Law Review and graduated cum laude.
At Frier Levitt, Jonathan has dedicated his practice to representing pharmacies nationally against the abusive audit practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). Jonathan is the author of the LinkedIn Group "Hot Topics in Pharmacy Law." Jonathan has an established track record of challenging PBMs and speaks at pharmacy conventions across the country in an effort to share his firm’s specialized knowledge. In addition to lecturing, Jonathan has been published in internationally-circulated publications and commits himself to pro bono and public service assignments.
For the last 12 years, Jonathan’s peers have elected him as a Super Lawyer. Jonathan is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Jonathan has competed in triathlons, including the 2012 New York Ironman U.S. Championships, as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Legal: New York Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Articles Editor – New York Law School Law Review
Undergraduate: Rutgers College, Rutgers University
"Owning an In-Network Pharmacy and a Second Out-of-Network Pharmacy that Performs Compounding," International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, March 2010.
"Tips to Avoid Clashes Over Real Estate Commissions," New Jersey Real Estate Journal, July 30, 2001.
In March 2017, Jonathan presented "DIR Fees and Implications in HI Specialty Pharmacy" at the 14th Annual MHA Business Summit.
In March 2017, Jonathan presented "Challenging Abusive PBM Policies: A Case Study Into PBM Treatment of 'Physician Dispensing' and DIR Fees" for the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association (NCODA) 2017 Forum.
In February 2017, Jonathan presented "Legal Considerations for Chain Pharmacies in the Changing Reimbursement Landscape" at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Regional Chain Conference.
In January 2017, Jonathan presented "Legal and Business Considerations for Human Resources When Addressing Pharmacy Benefits" at the Marcus Evans Employer Benefits Conference.
In 2017, Jonathan presented a webinar regarding "DIR Fees: What Are They and What Can Specialty Pharmacies Do About Them" in conjunction with National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).
In October 2016, Jonathan presented "Is PBM Power Limitless? A Look at Recent PBM conduct: CVS Physician Dispensing Guidance, ESI on Oral Oncolytic Exclusivity, and DIR Fees" at the 2016 NCODA Annual Symposium.
In 2016, Jonathan presented webinars in partnership with Mediware, including, "Medicare Part D: DIR Fees and 'Preferred Cost Sharing Networks," "Utilizing the Federal 'Any Willing Provider' Law to Access Medicare Part D Networks," and "Governmental Investigations of Pharmacies and PBM Audits - The Rise in Medicaid Investigations and Changing PBM Audits."
In June 2016, Jonathan presented a webinar regarding "Preparing Your Specialty Pharmacy for a Private Equity Acquisition" in conjunction with CohnReznick and the CSI Specialty Group.
Annually, Jonathan gives lectures regarding various legal, regulatory and contractual issues for organizations like IACP and ACA, speaking events including: IACP Educational Conference (2013, 2014, 2015), Compounders on Capitol Hill (2014, 2015), and the ACA – Compounding, What’s Happening Conference (2014, 2015)
Jonathan has also lectured at multiple events for Freedom Pharmaceuticals, including CPSI classes (August, September, and October 2013; November 2014, March 2015) and the Freedom Annual Seminar (2014, 2015).
In 2015, Jonathan gave a webinar for ACA regarding 503B Outsourcing Facilities and one for ACVP regarding Veterinary Compounding. He also spoke at the Mediware Elevate 2015 Conference regarding Specialty Pharmacies.
In 2013, Jonathan gave several lectures regarding various legal, regulatory, and contractual issues relating to pharmacies at Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Tulsa, OK.
In November 2011, Jonathan spoke at the NASPA Fall Symposium regarding changes in major PBM auditing practices and trends and PBM Manual revisions.
In April 2011, Jonathan spoke at the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative Conference regarding pharmacy audits.
In October 2010, Jonathan spoke at the National Community Pharmacists Association National Convention. The topic was “Navigating the Legal Waters of the Pharmacy Marketplace.”
In January 2010, Jonathan lectured to a group of attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission on the topic of pharmacy benefits management.
In October 2009, Jonathan was invited to speak at the National Community Pharmacists Association National Convention about various topics impacting community pharmacists.
On January 12, 2009, Jonathan E. Levitt, Esq. appeared on Fox Business News with David Asman’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard to discuss the Bernard Madoff Investment Securities, LLC scandal.
In August 2008, Jonathan was certified as a Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.
In 2007, Jonathan was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to District VB (Essex County - Suburban Essex) Ethics Committee (four year term beginning September 1, 2007).
In 2006 – 2010, Jonathan was selected for inclusion on the New Jersey Rising Stars list. Jonathan has been selected for inclusion on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list from 2011 – 2016.
In 2005, Jonathan was appointed as Presiding Commissioner on several Newark condemnation matters.
In April 2004, he received a Special Merit Award from the Essex County Bar Association.
In 2003, The Presiding Judge in Essex County appointed Jonathan as the Trustee to preside over the Law Practice of a Deceased Attorney who was a Solo Practitioner.
In 2003, he was appointed as a Co-Commissioner in an Newark Condemnation matter.
In connection with the American Trial Lawyers Association, in a Trial Lawyers Care matter, Jonathan represented the mother of a victim of September 11th in obtaining relief from the Victim's Compensation Fund.
Christopher D. Adams, Esq., concentrates his practice in the areas of state and federal criminal defense, attorney ethics matters and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Adams is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He appears frequently in both state and federal courts in New Jersey, federal courts throughout the country, and has argued significant matters before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Adams received his B.A., cum laude, from West Virginia University in 1995 and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association.
Mr. Adams is the 2006 recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyer Professional Achievement Award, and was named a "Top 40 Under 40" Attorney by the New Jersey Law Journal in its August 2007 issue. He has been recognized in New Jersey Monthly magazine's "Super Lawyers – Rising Stars" of the legal profession from 2006 through 2011. Mr. Adams has been selected by New Jersey Super Lawyers in the area of Criminal Defense since 2012.
Mr. Adams has served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges, the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection in Civil and Criminal Trials, the Chief Justice’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice, and the District V-C Ethics Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, where he is the President-elect.
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
University of West Virginia, B.A., cum laude
“One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Fewer Defense Peremptories Would Nullify Proposed Voir Dire Improvements,” New Jersey Law Journal (JULY 4, 2005)
“The Blakely Fallout: The unknown future of sentencing guidelines,” 177 N.J.L.J. 620 (2004)
“What Does Blakely Mean for New Jersey? The future of the state’s sentencing system is most definitely uncertain”, 178 N.J.L.J. 320 (2004)
Guillermo J. Beades, Esq., is an associate practicing in Frier Levitt’s Healthcare Litigation Department. Guillermo represents healthcare professionals in a broad range of administrative, civil and criminal healthcare matters. Guillermo has extensive litigation experience before state licensing authorities and Medical Boards (e.g., NJ BME, OPMC), federal healthcare agencies (e.g., OIG, CMS, DEA) and state healthcare agencies (e.g., NJ Medicaid Fraud Division, NY OMIG). Guillermo has represented practices and healthcare professionals in matters concerning credentialing and denial of privileges, administrative discipline, Medicare audits, post-payment demands and pre-payment audits.
Guillermo also represents healthcare professionals in criminal and civil white collar defense matters, including matters alleging Medicare / Medicaid Fraud and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Codey Law and Stark.
Guillermo has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2015 - 2017.
Villanova University School of Law
Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science, Crime, Law and Justice
"Legal Update: Terminating the Physician-Patient Relationship Due To a Parent's Choice Not to Vaccinate: Key Considerations," New Jersey Pediatrics, Winter 2016
"Defending the 'Impossible Day' Healthcare Fraud Prosecution," New Jersey Lawyer, April 2016
"Broadening of False Claims Act Liability by Inclusion of Kickback Violations New Pharmacy Standards Concerning Distribution of Controlled Substances Disrupts Patient Care," MDAdvisor, 2013
"Are the Courts Turning Defense Attorneys into 'Potted Plants?'"
"How to Respond to an Audit,"2016 AAPC Regional Conference
"The Most Common HR Pitfalls & How to Respond," 2016 NJ MGMA PMC
"Risk of EMR", "Social Medial Pitfalls", "Workplace Policies & Procedures" and "HIPAA Update," 2016 NJ AHIMA / Monmouth-Ocean AAPC Joint Conference"HR Roundtable on Practice Manuals," 2015 NJ MGMA PMC
Lecturer for various hospitals and physician groups regarding:
Helen Becz is an associate in Frier Levitt’s regulatory and transactional Healthcare and Pharmacy departments. Helen advises clients on regulatory compliance matters related to the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law and HIPAA. Additionally, she counsels clients on healthcare corporate matters such as entity formation, preparation and negotiation for employment agreements.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Helen clerked for the Honorable Ernest M. Caposela, A.J.S.C. in Passaic County where she was responsible for advising the judge on the disposition of civil motions, foreclosure actions, and land use matters arising in the form of prerogative writs. Ms. Becz also mediated landlord tenant and small claims disputes for the Special Civil Division.
Helen graduated cum laude from Rutgers University and rowed for all four years on a Division I level with Rutgers Women's Rowing.During her collegiate career she was a four-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete; recipient of the 2010 Recipient of the Athletic Director's Excellence Award; the 2010 Evelyn Meyer MVP Award; 2010 First-Team all Big East Athlete; 2010 Second-Team All-American Athlete. She spent her summers rowing with Penn AC, New York Athletic Club, and the United States u-23 Pre-Elite team.
Seton Hall University, School of Law
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Steven L. Bennet, Esq., is an associate in Frier Levitt’s healthcare litigation practice group and works on litigation matters for healthcare professionals. Steven represents clients in a diverse range of disputes including insurance and Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) network termination, wrongful exclusion from networks, PBM audits, Board of Pharmacy actions, Board of Medical Examiners actions, other governmental investigations, and commercial disputes. Through these representative matters, Steven has developed a comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations, including Anti-Kickback laws and fraud, waste and abuse regulations. Steven routinely advises clients on strategies and best practices to avoid litigation risk.
Steven has developed a focus on serving the unique needs of our Specialty Pharmacy clients, including successfully assisting clients gain access to restricted Specialty Pharmacy Networks and challenge unreasonable reimbursement terms.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Steven served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, gaining extensive litigation experience working on White-Collar Insurance Fraud Litigation for the New Jersey Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. While working in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Steven worked on a broad array of prosecutions including health care claims fraud, insurance fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
American University Washington College of Law, Juris Doctor
George Washington University, Bachelors of Business Administration, Finance
Richard J. Brum, Esq., joined Frier Levitt in 2014. Richard’s practice focuses on counseling clients on transactional and regulatory matters, with a focus on the healthcare industry, including representing physicians, large integrated group practices, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers, home health agencies, and management companies. He has participated as counsel in numerous healthcare and corporate matters, including acquisitions and sales, financing, employment agreements, regulatory compliance, licensing and certificate of need requirements, real estate transactions, anti-kickback, self-referral, HIPAA, corporate practice of medicine, and fraud and abuse issues. Prior to joining the firm, Richard was an associate at a large law firm in Long Island and an associate at a boutique healthcare firm in Manhattan.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Queens College – City University of New York
Harini Bupathi, Esq., is an associate practicing in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Law Practice Groups with a focus on transactional and regulatory law. Harini advises clients in the areas of fraud, waste, and abuse compliance, Anti-Kickback, self-referral/Stark Law, and related state and federal regulations, as well as matters related to PBM audit results and terminations.
Harini earned her Juris Doctorate, J.D. in 2016 from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 2016, where she gained extensive health law knowledge during her coursework, her experience in the University's Health Law Clinic, and as Treasurer of the Health Law Society. During her time at Villanova, Harini was the Managing Editor of Student Works for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal and was also involved in several other activities, including Honor Board and the school's public interest fellowship program.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Harini interned with Bayer HealthCare, where she worked on a wide array of issues as they related to pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition, Harini committed herself to public interest work during her time at the Medical-Legal Community Partnership in Philadelphia, offering legal services to low-income medical patients at local health centers. Harini also clerked for the Honorable Henry S. Perkin in the United States Eastern District of Pennsylvania where she further developed her research, writing, and litigation skills.
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick)
Julia E. Cassidy, Esq., is an associate in Frier Levitt's regulatory and transactional Healthcare and Pharmacy departments. Julia advises clients, including physicians and medical practice groups, on regulatory compliance matters related to the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and HIPAA. Additionally, she counsels clients on healthcare corporate matters such as entity formation, preparation and negotiation of employment agreements, and drafting corporate compliance manuals.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Julia worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, she focused on the establishment of the health insurance marketplaces and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, a part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additionally at HHS, Julia worked on privacy and security requirements for electronic health records in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Julia wrote several regulations pertaining to the health insurance marketplaces, drafted and negotiated agreements between federal agencies, and advised state-based marketplaces on compliance with regulatory requirements.
Julia is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
University of Pennsylvania
Latoya C. Dawkins is a law clerk in Frier Levitt's Healthcare and Life Sciences Group. Latoya is a fourth year evening student at Seton Hall University School of Law and expects to graduate May 2017 with a Health Law and Compliance Concentration.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Latoya worked as a senior patent paralegal at Bayer HealthCare for over five years where she assisted with patent prosecution and submissions to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Christine Vanek, J.S.C. in Superior Court of New Jersey.
In the summer of 2016, Latoya completed the Healthcare Compliance Certification Program at Seton Hall where she gained extensive knowledge in HIPAA compliance, FDA approval, federal Sunshine Law, OIG compliance, government investigations, Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and federal and state False Claims Acts.
Seton Hall University, School of Law, May 2017
Associate Editor – Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Volume 41
Senator – Student Bar Association and Chair of SBA Diversity Committee
Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Master of Arts
Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts
Theresa M. DiGuglielmo, Esq., is Counsel to the firm's Healthcare Department, focusing primarily on regulatory and transactional matters. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she concentrated her studies in Healthcare Law, was a Member of the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board and received recognition as Best Oralist in Appellate Advocacy. Following law school, Theresa served as Law Clerk to The Honorable George W. Parsons, Jr. in the Superior Court, Bergen County. During her Clerkship, she performed complex legal and scientific research and co-authored multiple judicial opinions in connection with a lengthy capital murder trial wherein the validity of DNA evidence was challenged -- an experience she credits as sharpening her ability to research and understand the non-legal issues behind important legal questions. As a healthcare attorney, Theresa has enjoyed a varied practice and developed special areas of interest in medical supergroups, analyzing business arrangements under Federal and State regulations, and advising clients regarding employment matters. Her presentations have included serving as a panelist on the topic of the State-Action Exemption to Federal Antitrust Law at a NJSBA Health & Hospital Law Symposium. In recent years, Theresa added arbitration and mediation experience to her résumé, which reflects her commitment to creative and cooperative legal problem-solving.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Arts
State Action Exemption to Antitrust Law, NJICLE Health & Hospital Law Symposium
Jesse C. Dresser, Esq. joined Frier Levitt in 2010 and has been with the firm since graduating magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law. Since that time, Jesse has developed a thorough knowledge of State laws as they pertain to pharmacy practices, insurance billing practices, and PBM regulation. In addition, Jesse routinely lectures to compounding, specialty and retail pharmacies regarding a variety of topics, including proper submission of claims to insurance companies, compliant pharmacy and compounding practices, and methods of growing a pharmacy business while avoiding scrutiny from both payors and regulators. Through his experience with the Pharmacy Law team, Jesse has developed an in-depth knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and its implementing regulations. Jesse has represented numerous clients in connection with audits, network admission efforts, and network terminations. Jesse regularly communicates on behalf of pharmacies with management and general counsel for numerous pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and insurance companies.
In addition to his work with pharmacy clients, Jesse also represents a variety of other entities including other healthcare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, healthcare technology companies, and wholesalers. Through this work, Jesse has focused on the intersection between the law and economic considerations, including drug pricing, marketing techniques, and benefits management.
Jesse is a Partner in the Pharmacy Law Group with a focus on payor issues and litigation.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
University of Connecticut, magna cum laude
U.S. District Court, New Jersey
"3 Takeaways From FDA's Drug Compounding Guidances," Law360, April 16, 2016
"Legal and Regulatory Issues in Veterinary Compounding: Where Does Your Pharmacy Fit?" at the February 25, 2015 IACP/ACA/ACVP Educational Conference, San Diego, CA
"Understanding the Contours of Veterinary Compounding Regulations," ACVP Webinar, September 9, 2015
"503A or 503B: Where Do You Fit In?" ACA Webinar, July 30, 2015
"If It Sounds Too Good to Be True: How to Navigate Business Opportunities While Protecting Your Pharmacy" at the February 26, 2015 IACP/ACA/ACVP Educational Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL
"Payor and Government Trends: An Update to Stay Ahead of the Curve" at the February 26, 2015 IACP/ACA/ACVP Educational Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL
In 2013 and 2014, Jesse gave several lectures regarding various legal, regulatory, and contractual issues relating to pharmacies at Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Tulsa, OK
Robert R. Granzen, Esq., joined Frier Levitt in 2015 as an associate in the Litigation department. Robert represents healthcare professionals in all aspects of litigation and counseling. Robert’s practice focuses on healthcare litigation, partnership disputes, PBM litigation, commercial litigation, and employment disputes. After graduating from Seton Hall University, Robert pursued a Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he participated on the appellate advocacy moot court board, competed in the Eugene Grossman moot court competition, and earned a concentration in health law. Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Robert served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Seton Hall University School of Law
Seton Hall University
Michelle L. Greenberg, Esq., is a Partner in Frier Levitt’s litigation department, focusing on healthcare and commercial litigation. She has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the law in these areas and has been successful in obtaining positive results for her clients. Michelle understands her client’s goals and works effortlessly yet aggressively to achieve the objective in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Michelle has extensive Courtroom experience on the State, Federal and Appellate level and utilizes her legal and persuasive arguments to obtain the best results for her clients including money judgments, injunctive relief, and dismissal of frivolous lawsuits. In addition to the areas of healthcare and commercial litigation, Michelle developed an in-depth understanding of the Bankruptcy laws saving clients millions of dollars in preference "claw back" cases.
In addition to her litigation experience, Michelle also focuses her efforts on assisting clients in resolving disputes before having to litigate. She has been instrumental in the separation of numerous healthcare practices and businesses without the need for protracted litigation.
New York Law School, Juris Doctor
Judicial Clerkship: The Honorable Ralph L. DeLuccia, Jr., J.S.C.
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Deviant Behavior
Sally A. Roberts v. Anson Moise, M.D., Matthew Chalfin, M.D., and Northeast Anesthesia and Pain Management, LLC, Defendants–Respondents. Decided February 12, 2016, WL 456544 Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Cornell Chavis, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. County of Morris, et als. Decided March 21, 2007, WL 837186 Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
While attending Seton Hall Law School’s evening program, Brian worked as a medical malpractice insurance producer in Somerville, NJ. Brian graduated a semester early in December of 2006 and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2007. In January 2009, he and one of the principals of his insurance firm created a new professional liability insurance agency, Argent.
After just three years, Brian underwent his first liquidity event when he helped sell his agency to Bollinger. At Bollinger, Brian was an Executive Vice President and the Co-Chair of its Professional Liability Division. When Bollinger sold to Arthur J. Gallagher, Brian was appointed the NE Regional Director of Healthcare, overseeing a 20-person team and a book of business that rose to as high as $7.5 million in annual revenue.
During his five-year term, Brian and his team worked on many projects: Advising struggling Risk Retention Groups through Runoff; Forming New Risk Purchasing Groups (for large consolidators and hospitals); Captive Formations; and Loss Portfolio Transfers. They also helped groups implement comprehensive risk management programs, including patient satisfaction programs and aligning government and risk-based metrics in an effort to both decrease risk and increase reimbursement.
Brian is admitted to the NJ State Bar Association and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). He frequently speaks before heath law and medical organizations, including state, county and specialty societies. He writes for publications throughout the healthcare industry, including MedScape (of WebMD) – where he serves on the editorial advisory board, Medical Economics, and MD News.
Brian formerly sat on the advisory council for NJ Physicians, where he helped create the Medical Malpractice Defense Panel - a group of the top medical malpractice defense attorneys in NJ, and was a member of its EHR committee. He is currently on the Board of NJ Medical Group Management Association (NJMGMA), where he serves as its Affiliate Chair, and a member of the Union County Medical Society Judiciary Committee. Brian has testified before the NJ Legislature, and has worked on several bills impacting healthcare in NJ. In 2016, he was honored as one of "40 Under 40" by NJBIZ.
Seton Hall University School of Law
University of Maryland College Park
Jason M. McLaren, Esq., Pharm.D., is an associate in Frier Levitt’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Law Practice Groups. Jason joined the firm in 2016 and is one of Frier Levitt's pharmacist lawyers, bringing years of practical experience gained while working in pharmacy, industry, and hospital settings.
Jason earned his Doctor of Pharmacy for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. After graduating and becoming a licensed registered pharmacist, He took a position as pharmacist with a small independent pharmacy located in Cambridge, MA. There, Jason’s responsibilities and duties included compounding and drug utilization review for patient residing in nursing homes the pharmacy serviced. After graduating Suffolk University Law School, with honors, Jason continued to work as a Staff Pharmacist for CVS Caremark. His years working as a registered pharmacist have given him in depth working knowledge of pharmacy business practice as well as pharmacy laws and regulations.
Jason is a diligent litigator and problem solver who works hard to tailor his practice and customize his skills to meet the specific needs and objectives of each client. His unique background as a pharmacy practitioner allows him to understand his client’s concerns with minimal need for explanation of the complexities and real world challenges pharmacists and pharmacy owners face today.
Suffolk University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Doctor of Pharmacy
Arielle T. Miliambro, Esq. is an associate practicing in the Healthcare Practice Group with a focus on transactional and regulatory law. Arielle advises healthcare clients in the areas of fraud, waste and abuse compliance, self-referral/Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and related state and federal regulations. Arielle also counsels clients in connection with corporate transactional matters including HIPAA compliance plans and operating and employment agreements.
Additionally, Arielle dedicates a portion of her practice to the representation of healthcare providers and entities in Medicare and Medicaid audits and licensing board disciplinary matters.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Health Law Concentration
Seton Hall University School of Law, Certificate in Healthcare Compliance
Comments Editor - Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law
Fordham University, Bachelor of Arts
Member, Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy
Todd Mizeski, Esq., is a Partner in Frier Levitt’s Healthcare Litigation and Pharmacy Law Departments. Todd joined Frier Levitt in April 2007 and has a broad range of civil litigation experience. He represents healthcare professionals in all aspects of litigation and counseling. Todd regularly represents pharmacies, physicians, medical groups, and surgery centers in connection with business disputes. In particular, Todd has developed a comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy, as well as a thorough understanding of the contractual relationships between pharmacies and third-party payors, including Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs). He represents hundreds of compound, specialty and retail pharmacies across the United States in connection with class action and individual litigation/arbitration of disputes involving PBM audits, network admissions, and network terminations. He lectures and counsels pharmacies regarding pharmacy best practices, preparing and defending PBM audits and appeals, and litigating PBM audit abuse practices. Todd routinely advises clients on strategies to minimize adverse audit results and avoid network termination.
Seton Hall University, School of Law
Trenton State College (n/k/a The College of New Jersey)
Judicial Clerkship: Honorable Thomas P. Olivieri, P.J.Ch. - 2001/2002
Lucas W. Morgan, Esq., joined Frier Levitt in 2016 as an Associate in the Healthcare Litigation and Pharmacy Law Departments. Lucas represents a variety of healthcare professionals in all aspects of litigation in both federal and state courts, and in arbitration. Lucas counsels healthcare providers in connection with contractual and business disputes. In particular, Lucas represents pharmacies in connection with audit disputes and network termination issues. Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Lucas worked as an associate in a law firm handling civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on insurance issues including contractual disputes, premises liability, and employment law matters. Lucas clerked for the Honorable James A. Farber, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey following his graduation from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Seton Hall University School of Law
The Ohio State University
John E. Morrone, Esq., is a partner in the healthcare department with a focus on transactional and regulatory law. He joined Frier Levitt in 2008 following over twenty years as a senior healthcare executive, holding positions with academic medical centers, and private and publicly-traded physician practice management companies, and healthcare consulting groups. John received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School and graduated cum laude. He also holds an MBA from Baruch College/Mount Sinai Medical School in Hospital and Healthcare Administration.
Due in great measure to his administrative healthcare background, John works with many of Frier Levitt's clients in the development of business strategies. He also represents clients with Medicare and Medicaid audits, OIG and OMIG Complaints, and licensing board disciplinary matters. In addition to these, John also works on assisting pharmacies with their marketers, marketing materials, employment agreements, and HIPAA plans.
Seton Hall School of Law, Juris Doctorate, concentration in Health Law, cum laude
Baruch College/Mount Sinai Medical School, Master of Business Administration, Hospital and Healthcare Administration
New York Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Mr. Morrone held senior executive positions with academic medical center, private and publicly-traded physician practice management companies and healthcare consulting groups.
Timothy D. Norton, Esq., is an associate in Frier Levitt’s Corporate and Healthcare Practice Groups. Tim represents a diverse group of healthcare providers, including physicians, single-specialty group practices, multi-specialty group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, surgical practices and other healthcare providers.
He counsels clients on a host of corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, including group practice formation, sales and acquisitions of healthcare entities and facilities, joint ventures, lease and time-share arrangements, employment, management and professional service relationships, and state and federal regulatory issues such as Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance. Tim's practice also includes the preparation and negotiation of employment agreements, professional service agreements, management services agreements, recruitment agreements, space and equipment leases, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, operating agreements, shareholders' agreements, bylaws and other contractual documents.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Health Law Concentration
Senior Editor - Health Law Outlook
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science
Kendra E. Pannitti, Esq., is an associate in Frier Levitt's Healthcare and Pharmacy Regulatory and Litigation Practice Groups. Kendra counsels healthcare providers and pharmacies on a myriad of issues, including responding to civil investigative demands and criminal subpoenas, appealing PBM audit results and terminations, and navigating the complexities of healthcare regulatory compliance. Prior to joining the firm, Kendra served as in-house counsel to a healthcare system located throughout northern New Jersey, where she negotiated several medical practice asset acquisitions, physician employment agreements, and vendor contracts for the system. She also gained criminal litigation experience at the federal level with a New Jersey-based criminal defense firm.
Kendra earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from Florida State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Business Review and the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy. Kendra then received her Master of Laws in Criminal Law from King's College London. Prior to law school, Kendra graduated cum laude from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and played NCAA Division III soccer for Kenyon all four years.
King's College London, Master of Laws
Florida State University, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Member - Florida State University Business Review
Member - Journal of Transnational Law & Policy
Kenyon College, Bachelor of Science, cum laude
Alexandra Pearsall, Esq., joined Frier Levitt after graduating from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2016 with a Health Law and Compliance Concentration. Alexandra is practicing in the Pharmacy and Healthcare Department with a focus on transactional and regulatory pharmacy and healthcare law. Alexandra advises healthcare clients in the areas of fraud, waste and abuse compliance, self-referral/Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and related state and federal regulations.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Alexandra interned in the Office of the Attorney General – Government and Healthcare Fraud Division, where she conducted investigations related to the False Claims Act in the pharmaceutical industry. Alexandra was also a Compliance Fellow at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she gained extensive experience in policy and risk management by working within the guidance of a Corporate Integrity Agreement.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Managing Editor - Health Law Outlook; Volume 8.
Vice President - Health Law Forum
Chair - Honor Council
Member - Mock Trial Board
Quarter-Finalist, Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition 2015
James Madison University, Bachelor of Arts
Member, Kappa Alpha Theta
Tera Lynn A. Rule, Esq., Pharm.D., is one of Frier Levitt's pharmacist lawyers in the Pharmacy and Healthcare practice groups. Her practice focuses on the representation of pharmacies, including retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, specialty pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, and healthcare providers, including physicians. Due to her extensive background as a healthcare provider, Tera is uniquely positioned to understand the goals of her clients in a holistic sense and utilizes this approach when assisting her clients in achieving their regulatory or transactional goals, including issues involving state practice acts, state board investigations, the Anti-Kickback statute and Stark Law, the FDA, DEA, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), and the sale and promotion of pharmaceutical products. Tera also represents providers in Medicaid audits and drafts transactional documents, including operating and employment agreements. Overall, her goal is to assist each client in being able to provide world class, quality care for all those that they serve.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Tera gained valuable experience by interning on Walmart's Corporate Health and Wellness legal counsel. She was also a legal extern on GlaxoSmithKline's Trademarks counsel and on Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield's government programs legal counsel.
Tera obtained her Juris Doctorate, J.D., cum laude from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as part of the inaugural two year accelerated class earning a concentration in Health Law with Honors. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Fink Family Scholarship awarded to her by the American Society of Pharmacy Law. While attending law school, Tera taught Pharmacy Law as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Wilkes University.
Before attending law school, Tera obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Pharm.D., magna cum laude from Wilkes University, where she was a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society. She has over 13 years of experience in pharmacy operations, including experience as a Pharmacy Manager for major corporate retail pharmacy chains, in addition to working as a pharmacist for independent pharmacies.
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2016
Health Law Concentration with Honors
2015 Fink Family Scholarship awarded by the American Society of Pharmacy Law
Wilkes University, Doctor of Pharmacy, magna cum laude, 2011
Memeber - Rho Chi Honor Society
Andrew J. D. Russo, Esq., is an associate in Frier Levitt's Litigation and Pharmacy Law Practice Groups. Andrew counsels pharmacies, provider groups, and corporate entities in navigating various matters attendant with the provision and administration of health care services to patients. In this capacity, Andrew advises clients on issues ranging from health care audits and appeals, prompt payment issues, pharmacy benefit manager issues, Medicare and Medicaid prescription drug plan issues, self-funded and fully-insured employee health benefit plan issues, administrative law, and commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Andrew obtained diverse experience in multiple practice areas during his time as an intern for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and as a judicial intern to the Honorable William H. Pauley III, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Andrew earned his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he completed a Concentration in Health Law and received a certificate in Healthcare Compliance. Prior to law school, Andrew graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctorate with a Concentration in Health Law
Seton Hall University School of Law, Certificate in Healthcare Compliance
Franklin & Marshall College, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History
CUNY – Baruch College, courses in Finance and Financial Accounting, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011
Yale University, courses in Philosophy, Summer 2004 and Summer 2006
Jason N. Silberberg, Esq., joined Frier Levitt after serving as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Attorney General's Office for approximately three and a half years. Having served as a DAG in the Banking & Insurance Section, Jason prosecuted healthcare providers, insurance producers, brokers and insurance carriers for violations of the state Fraud and Producer Acts. In addition, Jason filed numerous amicus curiae briefs on novel questions of law concerning the interpretation of healthcare and insurance related statutes, such as whether the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act applied to the insurance carrier – insurance agent relationship. Jason also advised his client-agency on matters of regulatory compliance on issues ranging from state and federal health care privacy regulations to real estate law. Jason also served as principal counsel to the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. Jason received his Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board.
The George Washington University Law School
New York University, Bachelor of Arts
Romana S. Syed, Esq., is an associate in the Healthcare Department, focusing her practice in regulatory and transactional healthcare and pharmacy law. Romana provides counsel to various healthcare providers and pharmacies on regulatory matters including Anti-Kickback and Stark Laws, HIPAA and HITECH compliance, and develops compliance plans and policies and procedures for healthcare providers. Romana represents clients in a range of corporate matters, including business formation, licensing, employment matters and contract development and negotiations. Romana has gained extensive experience in representing clients with Medicare and Medicaid appeals and voluntary disclosures with the Office of the Inspector General. She also provides counsel to pharmacies on various regulatory matters including marketing agreements, marketing materials, and the use of preprinted prescription forms.
Romana earned her Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas with an emphasis on Business and Healthcare law. Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Romana served as the in-house corporate counsel for the captive physician group of a major hospital medical center in northern New Jersey.
South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctor
Associate Editor - Texas Journal of Business Law
Secretary, Health Law Society
University of Houston, cum laude with participation in the Honor’s College
Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Science, Commerce