Biography

Pat concentrates her practice in health care law and employment law.

In her health care practice, Pat has served as part-time, in-house counsel as well as outside counsel to major teaching hospitals in Connecticut. She has considerable experience representing health care providers in a wide array of corporate and regulatory matters. Pat has assisted health care clients in structuring joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and reorganizations. Pat also regularly advises hospitals on regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse issues, Stark Law compliance, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, contract issues, medical staff matters, and general hospital law issues. She has appeared in Certificate of Need proceedings before the Office of Health Care Access and represented providers in audits before the Department of Social Services.

Pat also advises business clients on employment matters, including compliance with state and federal wage and hour and anti-discrimination laws; preparation and review of employee handbooks, employment contracts, and severance agreements; development of employee policies; and general employee relations issues.

Pat and her husband have two grown daughters and reside in Easton, Connecticut, with their bulldogs, Gracie and Trixie.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law  (J.D., High Honors)
  • University of Connecticut  (B.S., magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Memberships

  • Past President, Connecticut Health Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Board Health Law Section
  • National Health Lawyers Association

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Healthcare
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Health Care Law, Litigation - Health Care (2017-2020)

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Firm Highlights

Blog

What will COVID-19 Liability Litigation Look Like for Consumer Facing Businesses?

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News

38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

(April 27, 2020) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of ten categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners , one of the world's most respected...

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The NWCDN’s COVID-19 Benefits Survey: A State By State Analysis

The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), a nationwide and Canadian network of law firms, has published COVID-19 updates, including “COVID-19 Benefits Survey,” a state by state analysis of the pandemic layoffs and affects...

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Can I Require Employees to be Tested for COVID-19 Before Entering the Workplace?

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This Week's Show: Don't Forget General Obligations When Focusing On COVID-19

On Saturday, May 9, Tawny interviewed Elizabeth Johnston, Associate in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Liz and Tawny discuss the importance of not forgetting...

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This Week's Show: Visual Leadership

On Saturday, March 28, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Todd Cherches, CEO and Co-founder of BigBlueGumball, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Todd discuss Todd's...

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This Week's Show: Training, Development, and Humanizing Recruiting

On Saturday, March 28, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Saïd Eastman, CEO and General Manager of JobsinME, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Saïd discuss...

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This Week's Show: Opportunity Under COVID-19

On Saturday, April 25, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Chris Cynkar, Franchise Consultant of FranChoice, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Chris discuss job opportunities...

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This Week's Show: The FFCRA and CARES Act

On Saturday, April 4, Tawny interviewed Benjamin Ford, Partner in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Ben and Tawny discuss the current state of the...

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This Week's Show: Intellectual Property for HR Professionals

On Saturday, April 18, Tawny interviewed Kelly Donahue, Partner in Verrill's Intellectual Property Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Kelly and Tawny discuss intellectual property for HR professionals, including...