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PRESS RELEASE

 

Garfunkel Wild, P.C. Names Six New Partners

Great Neck, NY, January 9, 2012. The law firm of Garfunkel Wild, P.C. (GW) is pleased to announce that attorneys Lara Jean Ancona, John Kraljic, Lauren Levine, Marianne Monroy, Karen Rodgers, and Afsheen Shah have been named partners of the firm.

Ms. Ancona, who joined the firm in 2001, is a member of the Health Care, Health Care Information and Technology, HIPAA Compliance, and Insurance Regulatory Practice Groups. Her practice includes corporate transactions, regulatory analysis, employment agreements, and service agreements for hospitals, physicians, managed care companies, insurance companies and other health industry clients. She has particular experience in developing clinical trial agreements and advising organizations on compliance with federal and state research regulations and Institutional Review Board requirements. Ms. Ancona received her B.A. from Union College, her M.S. in Accounting from New York University Stern School of Business, and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Mr. Kraljic, who joined the firm in 1998, is a member of the Business, Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy, and Health Care Practice Groups. Mr. Kraljic has extensive experience in structuring asset and stock acquisition agreements, license agreements, and employment and retention agreements. Many of these agreements require the submission of applications to regulatory agencies. In addition, he has worked on matters relating to not-for-profit corporate governance and tax issues for large and small hospital and health system clients. He is also particularly adept at interpreting fraud and abuse laws, rules and regulations. Mr. Kraljic received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University/C.W. Post and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Levine, who joined the firm in 2005, is a member of the Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. Ms. Levine represents clients in a wide variety of commercial and business disputes through all phases of litigation. Her practice also focuses on employment law, defending clients against various types of employment claims, including age, race, gender, national origin, and harassment, as well as claims under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, whistleblower laws, breach of employment contract and defamation. She also has experience in representing hospitals in medical staff credentialing and peer review matters. Ms. Levine received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Ms. Monroy, who joined the firm in 2001, is a member of the Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. She represents clients in federal and state court, arbitrations, appeals, and proceedings brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New Jersey Civil Rights Commission, and the New York and New Jersey Departments of Labor. Ms. Monroy has extensive employment law experience, defending clients against all types of discrimination claims, wage and hour, retaliation and whistleblower suits. She regularly counsels clients regarding human resources issues and compliance with federal and state employment laws. Her practice also includes litigation of a wide variety of commercial and business issues. Ms. Monroy was recently selected for the Long Island Business News “40 Under 40 Class of 2012” Award in recognition of her professional achievements. She received her B.A. from Brooklyn College and her J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

Ms. Rodgers, who joined the firm in 2002, is a member of the Finance and Real Estate Practice Group. Ms. Rodgers has represented institutional for profit and not-for-profit clients in connection with a broad range of commercial real estate matters. She has significant experience representing developers, landlords and tenants in the acquisition and disposition of real property, commercial office and retail leasing, ground leasing, land use and site development. She also has significant experience representing both lenders and borrowers in connection with all aspects of commercial financing. Ms. Rodgers received her B.A. from Binghamton University and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Ms. Shah, who joined the firm in 2003, is a member of the Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy, Environmental, and Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups. Ms. Shah’s practice is focused on the areas of creditor rights, workouts, business acquisitions and restructurings. She has represented various businesses, hospitals, landlords and creditors committees. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Founded in 1980, Garfunkel Wild, P.C. (GW) maintains one of the most active health care practices in the Northeast, while also providing services to many non-health-related clients. Always at the forefront of Federal and State developments, GW meets a full range of needs including strategic planning, complex transactions, exempt and taxable financing, white collar defense, litigation, fraud and abuse, estate planning, elder law, tax issues, real estate, licensing, capital formation, EPA/environmental issues, health information technology, privacy & security and bankruptcy. GW maintains offices in Great Neck, NY; Hackensack, NJ; and Stamford, CT. For more information, visit www.garfunkelwild.com.

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