Cliff Stromberg is a healthcare transactions partner. He and his team have completed dozens of major hospital transactions involving tens of billions of dollars of institutions. This work includes purchases, sales, mergers, joint operating agreements and leases of hospitals, creation and reorganization of complex health systems, and various kinds of affiliations and joint ventures, as well as internal reviews of governance effectiveness. Cliff has represented several dozen of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, as well as large hospital systems, and many smaller community hospitals. He has worked with for-profit, non-profit, academic, and religiously affiliated systems, as well as urban safety net and governmental hospitals. He also has negotiated the consolidation of medical groups involving 100 to 3,000 physicians, the creation, sale and merger of health plans, and the development of “clinically integrated networks” in many states.
Previously, Cliff was appointed by the President as Deputy Executive Secretary of the U.S. Department of Human Services, and later served as a consultant on health issues to the Federal Trade Commissions. Cliff won a National Merit Scholarship to Yale, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, before clerking for a Federal judge.
Michael Lampert Partner Ropes & Gray
Michael Lampert provides regulatory, transactional, and strategic advice to health care clients, including hospitals, universities, schools of medicine, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, investors, physician practices, and emerging providers. He has extensive familiarity with fraud and abuse laws, in both an advisory and enforcement context, and other health care regulation such as the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, HIPAA, and Medicare reimbursement rules. Michael also advises in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, affiliations, and financings in both the for-profit and nonprofit context.
Margaret Marchak SVP, CLO & Corporate Secretary Hartford HealthCare (CT)
Margaret Marchak, JD, MBA is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of Hartford HealthCare Corporation in Connecticut. She has over 25 years of experience as a health care attorney. Prior to her role at Hartford HealthCare Corporation, she was a partner in the health law firm of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath and Lyman, PLLC. She has represented a broad range of providers, including hospitals and integrated health care delivery systems throughout her career in matters involving information technology (IT) matters, hospital-physician transactions, behavioral health, fraud and abuse issues, and governance in nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. In addition to private practice, Ms. Marchak previously has managed legal departments for health care providers and managed care companies. Ms. Marchak holds a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit and a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is a member of several legal associations and she has presented nationally on various aspects of health care law. She has also been an adjunct professor of health care law at a Michigan law school.
W. Patrick Downes Chief Legal Counsel Franciscan Alliance (IN)
W. Patrick Downes is a 1972 graduate of University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana. He previously received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He served from 1972 through 1974 as law clerk to Robert A. Grant, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Pat received an LL.M. in Healthcare from DePaul law school in 1999. He has practiced in Healthcare Litigation and Corporate Healthcare. Pat was formerly a Partner of the law firm of Krieg DeVault and currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for Franciscan Alliance, Inc., which operates 14 hospital facilities in the States of Illinois and Indiana.
Nathaniel “Tani” Weiner is Vice President and Deputy Counsel at Acadia Healthcare, a leading behavioral health treatment provider with over 200 programs across the US and UK, where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, complex transactions, real estate, litigation and regulatory matters.
Tani joined Acadia in February 2015 following its acquisition of CRC Health Group, where he became its Vice President and Deputy General Counsel following CRC’s 2007 acquisition of Aspen Education Group, where he served as Chief Legal Counsel.
Tani began his legal career at Morgan Lewis, received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and his BA from Queens College in 1994. He is a member of the California and New York bar as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel, and lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.
Leigh Oliver Partner Hogan Lovells US LLP
Leigh Oliver is a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. Leigh’s practice is devoted to antitrust law, including counseling and litigation on a wide range of legal and policy issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and competitor collaborations under federal and state antitrust laws. Leigh has extensive experience working on government investigations into prospective and post-consummated mergers and acquisitions, as well as responding to non-merger government investigations.
Although Leigh has represented clients from a variety of industries, she has consistently focused on the unique issues that arise for clients in the healthcare and life sciences areas. Throughout her career, she has represented pharmaceutical and medical device companies, healthcare providers, including hospitals, physicians, and clinical laboratories, and other ancillary providers, before federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. She is a Vice-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee and Co-Editor of The Health Care Chronicle.
Leigh received a B.A. from Haverford College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America. Leigh was the Executive Editor of The Catholic University Law Review.
Antitrust counsel for PPG Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of Akzo Nobel’s architectural coatings business, and in the sale of Transitions Optical, Inc. to Essilor International.
Counsel to LabCorp in successful defense of a challenge from the FTC relating to the acquisition of rival Westcliff Medical Laboratories.
Counsel to Genzyme in its transaction with Bayer involving rights to Campath.
Successfully represented GenCorp-Aerojet in its acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne from United Technologies Corp., a transaction that was opposed by the FTC.
Antitrust counsel to WellPoint in the US$4.7 billion sale of its PBM business to Express Scripts.
For the past 15 years, revenue cycle management and coding have been Michele’s professional focus. Her expertise in these areas complements Pinnacle’s existing core services of physician compensation, business valuations and hospital and physician integration by adding depth to revenue cycle reviews. This unique perspective offers clients additional value, which further differentiates Pinnacle from other compensation companies. Since becoming the Director of the Coding and Audit Division in 2010, Michele has performed more than 10,000 audits for over 200 clients.
Michele began her career with Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting as Billing Manager in August 2007, where she oversaw a team comprised of coders, billers, payment posters and data entry personnel. In that role, Michele managed billing operations for diverse specialties that ranged from primary care and OBGYN to bariatric and cardiovascular surgery. She has demonstrated the ability to build and maintain strong client relationships, provide advanced billing solutions and work diligently with a team to advance efficiency and profitability.
Prior to joining Pinnacle, Michele gained valuable experience in a variety of companies. In previous roles, she held practice management positions, assisted with accounts receivable, human resources, payroll, hospital and insurance credentialing, Colorado state licensing, new hire orientation and personnel training. Additionally, she implemented training and compliance for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) programs as well as served in managerial roles regarding patient billing and collections for both Medicare and private insurance companies.
Jon Moses President & CEO NorthGauge Healthcare Advisors
Jon Moses is a nationally-recognized healthcare expert serving hospitals, healthcare systems, physician practices and surgery centers. He is considered a vital strategic partner by many chief executive officers, chief medical officers, law firms, risk managers and quality & medical staff professionals in the areas of physician peer review, quality improvement, leadership assessment and development, operational assessment and turnaround, governance, physician relations and medical staff operational improvement. Jon currently served as Founder and CEO of NorthGauge Healthcare Advisors. His 30 years in healthcare of also included roles as President and CEO of MDReview; CEO of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center in Idaho; and Vice President of two Provena Health hospitals in Illinois. Jon holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, both from the University of Missouri.
Spencer Turnbull Senior Counsel UCLA Health System (CA)
Spencer Turnbull is a Senior Counsel at UCLA Health System, where he supports UCLA Health with advice on a range of legal and regulatory issues. Prior to joining UCLA Health, Mr. Turnbull was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where he led special projects and provided legal and policy advice to senior leadership. Mr. Turnbull also served OIG as its HEAT Initiative Administrator and as a Senior Counsel in OIG’s Office of Counsel, where he prepared advisory opinions, drafted safe harbor regulations, and provided guidance to industry and government stakeholders on OIG’s fraud and abuse authorities. Mr. Turnbull also served as a Special Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where he prosecuted health care fraud cases for the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. In addition to government service, Mr. Turnbull has been in private practice in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Mr. Turnbull is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and Stanford University.
Meaghan Atkinson Partner Hogan Lovells US LLP
Meaghan Atkinson is a Partner in the Health Group at Hogan Lovells, whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the health care industry. She has represented academic medical centers, non-profit hospitals and health systems, municipal hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, clinical laboratories, health insurance plans and clinically integrated networks.
Meaghan’s practice on behalf of these clients includes mergers and acquisitions; system restructurings; joint ventures, consortiums, and other affiliation arrangements; board/governance counseling; and creation of Clinically Integrated Networks.
David W. Rowan has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic since June 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to a newly-created position of Chief Governance Officer and serves on the Clinic’s Board of Governors. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Rowan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic while remaining a partner in Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Mr. Rowan received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978 and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1975. He joined the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP upon graduation from law school and became a partner in 1987. Mr. Rowan served on the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Management Committee from 1993-1996. He left Squire, Sanders to become the Chief Legal Officer of the Cleveland Clinic in 2005. The law department that Mr. Rowan leads is responsible for all legal matters of the Cleveland Clinic and its health system.
Mr. Rowan is a frequent speaker on health law and governance topics and has served on many boards. He has worked extensively on international healthcare and other multinational ventures. Mr. Rowan currently serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Center, which is committed to social justice, and as a Trustee on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,400 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates eight community hospitals and 16 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center in Abu Dhabi (managed under an agreement between Cleveland Clinic and SEHA), and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company. In 2014, there were more than 5.9 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 152,532 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 132 countries.
Rob Gitell Director of Sales Serengeti Law, a Thomson Reuters business
Rob has been with Thomson Reuters since 1998 and Serengeti since 2010. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Rob was a practicing CPA working with corporate and law-firm clients. As a CPA, Rob consulted with law firms to automate their business processes at Phoenix firms, including Bonn, Luscher, Padden & Wilkins.
Rob is responsible for leading Serengeti's sales success in the US and international markets. In his role, Rob leads both Serengeti's sales and support teams and works closely with the field sales representatives that help our corporate clients worldwide. Rob holds a B.A. in Business from the University of Connecticut and earned his M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Marilyn Hanzal AGC University of Chicago Medical Center (IL)
Marilyn Hanzal is the Associate General Counsel for The University of Chicago Medical Center. She focuses her practice on regulatory compliance, tax, information technology, protection and stewardship of data and intellectual property, research, medical center policies, conflicts of interest, and transactions. She regularly works with University of Chicago counsel on a variety of issues that cover education and research. Marilyn is the UCMC lead attorney for security incident response, privacy and security policy review and drafting, specialized confidentiality training, and unique patient privacy and security legal issues. She serves on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Steering Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Health Information Management Committee, and Pritzker School of Medicine Professionalism Committee.
Prior to serving UCMC, she was in-house counsel for Weiss Memorial Hospital and for University HealthSystem Consortium. She served as the Director of Graduate Legal Education at Loyola University School of Law, teaching in the Health Law Institute, as the Director of Legal Services for the City of Chicago Board of Ethics, and as a litigator. She earned her Bachelor of Science Business with Marketing and Finance concentrations from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Marilyn has been a long-time AHLA member and serves on the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA) Board of Directors, its Treasurer, Vice President-elect, and its Co-Chair of the Bylaws and Governance Committee, and on the UHC Privacy and Security Task Force of the In-house Attorneys and Compliance Officers Council.
Stephen Nash Partner Squire Patton Boggs
Stephen Nash is the Co-Leader of the Global Healthcare Practice Group of Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm with more than 1,400 lawyers practicing through 44 offices across 21 countries.
Steve has represented healthcare organizations for more than 30 years. His clients include academic medical centers, hospitals and health systems, health information exchanges, medical groups and other physician organizations, health plans and other managed care organizations, long term care and inpatient rehabilitation organizations, ancillary health service providers, healthcare investors, and the federal and state agencies of sovereign powers (“Foreign Agencies”).
Over the past few years, Steve has had the privilege of counseling various Foreign Agencies on such diverse matters as the design of primary healthcare systems, privacy and security issues, the implementation of an inaugural national health insurance program, and privacy, security and health information exchange programs. He regularly works with members of the firm’s Global Infrastructure Practice Group, based in London and New York, concerning the use of public private partnerships both to expand and to privatize national healthcare infrastructures.
Mimi Brouillette has broad experience in various healthcare and finance related issues. She routinely represents clients in Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement litigation in agency appeals and in federal courts. She also advises hospitals and other healthcare organizations in operational, regulatory and transactional matters.
Mimi is a native Mandarin speaker and assists with negotiations and development of projects with Chinese and other international clients, with a focus on healthcare.
Mimi has experience representing providers before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, the Administrator of CMS, and in federal courts, and in negotiations with HHS. She has successfully negotiated a settlement of reimbursement dispute from HHS on behalf of 15 hospitals, totalling US$32 million, and counselled providers and national health agencies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, as well as in China, She has experience advising providers on issues relating to the value-based payment systems, defending providers and county health agencies against potential fraud and abuse allegations, representing providers in Medicaid supplemental payment issues and counseling owner/operator of freestanding emergency centers concerning multi-state expansion to national footprint.
Chris Fritz Principal & CEO HealthWorks Inc.
Chris has over 30 years experience in health care management, 18 in executive leadership in integrated health systems and 8 in management consulting. He has assisted more than 100 clients in 15 states. Areas of specialization are litigation support/expert witness, strategic and business planning, hospital-physician integration, physician compensation and valuation. He holds a masters in business administration from California State University San Marcos.
Matthew Curley Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Matt Curley represents clients in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings, particularly involving matters of fraud and abuse within the healthcare industry. Matt has considerable experience in representing clients in actions and investigations brought by government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, and various state agencies. Matt's clients have included hospitals and hospital systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, hospice providers, and home health providers, among others, facing inquiries and investigations by federal and state regulators and False Claims Act litigation.
Matt's perspective is informed by his prior experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he served as Civil Chief and coordinated the Office's civil enforcement efforts in representing the United States and its agencies in healthcare fraud and abuse actions arising under the False Claims Act.
Matt has been recognized by Chambers USA in Healthcare Governmental Investigations and Fraud and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he teaches Healthcare Fraud and Abuse.
Jennifer Evans Shareholder Polsinelli
Jennifer Evans brings legal, legislative and operational experience to health care matters. Her legal practice is focused on fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and regulatory compliance. Jennifer has experience working with clients that include multistate service providers to chronic patients, multistate pharmacies, Durable Medical Equipment companies, hospitals, physician practice managers, laboratories, health care management franchisors, and a specialty services extension of a physician practice.
Jennifer also served as deputy director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the single state agency responsible for administering Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus programs. At HCPF, Jennifer served as office director for administration and operations with responsibility for audit, procurement, program integrity, coordination of benefits, privacy, provider enrollment, claims payment, operations, and information technology, including health information technology.
In addition to her role at the HCPF, Jennifer served on the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices working group on Health Information Technology and Exchange and has experience representing nonprofit health care organizations before Congress. She also is a former legislative assistant for health care and legislative director in the U.S. Senate and was a working group member of the Clinton White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.