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Attorney Directory

Please feel free to contact any of the staff in the Office of Counsel. Their contact information and primary areas of responsibility are listed in the Attorney Directory. If you are unsure which staff member to contact:

For River Campus and University matters: Gail M. Norris

For Medical Center matters: Christine Burke

Gail M. Norris
Vice President and General Counsel
gail.norris@rochester.edu
Overall responsibility for supervision of Office of Counsel, advises the Board of Trustees, the President and other senior leaders regarding legal issues and policy.
Gail Norris's areas of expertise:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Not-for-profit corporate and tax law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Conflicts of Interest and Ethics
  • Research Compliance
  • Oversight for legal aspects of University compliance
  • Privacy

Christine Burke
Associate Vice-President and General Counsel to Medical Center
cburke@Rochester.edu
Day in and day out supervision of Medical Center attorneys including assignment of work; gives guidance and direction regarding matters handled by Medical Center attorney's, in consultation with the Vice-President and General Counsel, advises Medical Center senior leadership on Medical Center legal issues.
Christine Burke's areas of expertise:

  • Faculty compensation, contract and tenure issues
  • General healthcare issues( consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment)
  • Oversight for legal aspects of Medical Center compliance
  • Human subject and animal research regulatory compliance
  • Environmental and OSHA matters

Edward Case
Senior Counsel for Compliance and Reimbursement
Edward.Case@Rochester.edu
Edward (Ted) Case's areas of expertise:

  • Reimbursement
  • Compliance
  • Collection Supervision
  • General healthcare issues (consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment)

Diane Caselli
Senior Counsel for Health System Corporate Matters
Diane.Caselli@Rochester.edu
Diane Caselli's areas of expertise:

  • Corporate matters including formation and dissolution of corporations
  • Other corporate housekeeping, including drafting and amendment of corporate and medical staff bylaws
  • Primary responsibility for Medical Center affiliate legal matters (except reimbursement/compliance, liability claims and employment-related claims)
  • Policy drafting
  • Contracts and business transactions
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Bioethics
  • General healthcare issues (e.g. consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment, organ donation)

Richard S. Crummins
Senior Counsel for River Campus Legal Issues
Richard.Crummins@rochester.edu
Richard (Rick) Crummins' areas of expertise:

  • Purchasing contracts-non medical center
  • Student issues
  • River Campus contracts
  • Litigation Management for River Campus
  •  River Campus Faculty issues
  • Records retention

Deirdre Flynn
Senior Counsel for Litigation and Risk Management
Deirdre.Flynn@Rochester.edu
Deirdre Flynn's areas of expertise:

  • Resident employment and discipline issues
  • Medical Center risk management
  • River Campus risk management
  • Liaison with law enforcement (District Attorney (DA), subpoenas, investigations, etc.)
  • General healthcare issues (consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment)

Eileen Holloway
Senior Counsel for Medical Center Contracting
Eileen.Holloway@Rochester.edu
Eileen Holloway's areas of expertise:

  • Physician employment contracts, anti-kick back, Stark compliance
  • Primary contact for Medical Center Primary Care and Regional practice offices
  • General healthcare issues (consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment)

Cary M. Jensen
Director of International Relations
cjensen@iso.rochester.edu
Cary Jensen's areas of expertise:

  • Oversees University compliance with and interpretation of immigration and other related (tax, employment, FERPA etc.) laws and regulations
  • Establish and implement University policies and guidelines concerning the sponsorship of foreign students and visiting scholars
  • Development of an overall coordinated University strategy for international relations
  • Assist in the development of collaborative relationships with foreign colleges and universities to expand academic programs and curricular offerings

Catherine C. Nearpass
Associate Counsel for Employment and Labor Relations Issues
cnearpass@ur.rochester.edu
Catherine Nearpass's areas of expertise:

  • Discrimination and harassment complaints/claims
  • Disability and Family Medical Leave issues
  • Diversity and Affirmative Action issues
  • Employment issues ( hiring, firing, discipline, performance management)
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Labor relations issues
  • Litigation oversight for employment claims

Louis Parker
Senior Counsel for Contracting
lparker@ur.rochester.edu
Louis Parker's areas of expertise:

  • Information technology contracts
  • Purchasing contracts
  • Construction contracts
  • Other contracts

Aileen Shinaman
Senior Counsel for health care regulatory matters
AShinaman@admin.rochester.edu
Aileen Shinaman's areas of expertise:

  • Stark and Anti-kick back compliance,
  • Contracts, business transactions,
  •  Human subjects research,
  •  General healthcare issues (consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment)

Spencer Studwell
Director and Associate General Counsel for Risk Management
Spencer.Studwell@Rochester.edu
Spencer (Spence) Studwell's areas of expertise:

  • Oversees malpractice claims management
    Claims Investigation Staff
  • Department of Health (DOH) State Reportable incidents and surveys
  • Joint Commission issues
  • General litigation management for Medical Center and River Campus
  • Oversees insurance administrator activities and oversees placement and renewal of insurance policies
  • Provides advice on risk management concerns for River Campus and Medical Center.  Responsible for handling questions related to liability, prevention of liability, documentation and consent forms.
  • MCIC administrative matters
  • Medical Staff Hearings
  • General healthcare issues (consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment).

Laura Wilson
Senior Counsel for Patient Management
Laura.Wilson@Rochester.edu
Laura Wilson's areas of expertise:

  • Patient management and discharge issues, mental health legal issues, consents, withdrawal of treatment, guardianships, patient confidentiality, and general healthcare issues (consents, patient management, withdrawal of treatment)

Susan Wormer
Senior Counsel for Employment and Labor Relations Issues
swormer@ur.rochester.edu
Susan Wormer's areas of expertise:

  • Discrimination and harassment complaints/claims
  • Disability and Family Medical Leave issues
  • Diversity and Affirmative Action issues
  • Employment issues ( hiring, firing, discipline, performance management)
  • Wage and Hour issues
  • Faculty compensation, contract and tenure issues
  • I-9 processing
  • Litigation oversight for employment claims

Mark R. Wright
Senior Counsel for Research, Technology Transfer & Other Transactions
Mark.Wright@Rochester.edu
Mark Wright's areas of expertise:

  • Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research Issues
  • Research Compliance
  • Intellectual Property Issues
  • Non-disclosure Agreements
  • Real Estate Law
  • Commercial and Healthcare transactions