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

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BREAKING: Massachusetts and Connecticut Order Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

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This Week's Show: Verrill's 2020 Annual Employment Law Update

On Saturday, February 22, HR Power Hour published our live interviews at our 2020 Annual Employment Law Update, asking attendees about the all-day event, HR concerns they have for the coming year, and more...

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COVID-19: Updated FAQs

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Employer Obligations under the Revised Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) in response to COVID-19. Among other provisions, the Act gives a broad group of employees the right...

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To Test or Not to Test: Employer Considerations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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This Week's Show: Maintaining a Strong Culture as Your Organization Grows

On Saturday, March 7, Tawny interviewed Sean Riley, President and CEO of Maine Course Hospitality Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. In this episode, Sean discusses that Maine Course's purpose is to...

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COVID-19 Alert: State of Maine and City of Portland Issue Orders to Close Non-essential Businesses

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, both the City of Portland and the State of Maine issued comprehensive new limitations on business establishments in order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus. Both actions...

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Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What You Can Do

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, business—and hiring—must go on. As the EEOC continues to update its guidance regarding employment practices during the pandemic, here are common questions regarding how to implement legally-sound hiring practices...

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The Coronavirus: FAQs for Employers

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Should Employers Recognize COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?