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"I use both my legal skills and background in social work to generate unique, comprehensive approaches to resolving critical issues for health care clients."



Dena focuses her practice on regulatory and compliance issues in the health care and human services industry. She assists health care and human services providers with regulatory and compliance matters, including audits and investigations, reimbursement issues, the provision of telehealth services, and health information privacy and security compliance, including HIPAA and the 21st Century Cures Act. Dena has experience working with behavioral health providers, home care agencies, mental health providers, and agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities. She also routinely assists with research, writing, and presentations, and drafts memoranda and other transactional and litigation documents.

Dena also routinely conducts trainings and presentations for health care practitioners, administrators, and employees on supporting the LGBTQ+ community in professional health care environments.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Health Law and Young Lawyers Sections Member; Working Group on Attorney Mental Health Member; Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Member; Task Force on Racism, Social Equity, and the Law Health Care Subcommittee Member; Task Force on the Treatment of Transgender Youth in Sports Member

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum

Representative Experience

  • Served as counsel to a home health care agency and provided representation in multiple audits by the Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), resulting in significant reductions in overpayment amounts. Also negotiated settlement agreements with OMIG, resulting in agreements for even lower overpayment amounts.

  • Representing a physician in a landmark lawsuit against insurers for failing to protect the physician's confidential information from fraud and abuse by third parties.

  • Served as counsel to a direct support professional of a developmental disabilities provider and appealed a substantiated Category 2 physical abuse finding by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs, resulting in the findings being unsubstantiated.

  •  Served as counsel to a direct support professional of a developmental disabilities provider and provided representation appealing Category 1 serious physical abuse and Category 2 neglect findings by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs, resulting in both findings being unsubstantiated.

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Summer Associate
  • Albany Law School Government Law Center, Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Legal Intern
  • Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center, Health Law Clinic, Legal Intern
  • Albany County Family Court to Judge Susan Kushner, Summer Legal Intern

Selected Community Activities

  • Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, Union College Zeta Kappa Chapter, Academic Affairs Advisor

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Health Care, 2021
  • Albany Law School, Gold Public Service Award, 2018
  • Albany Law School, Moscowitz Health Law Clinic Prize, 2018
  • In Our Own Voices, LGBT Community Advocacy Award, 2017
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, Robert F. Bensing Award, 2017

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA), “Approaching Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression in Healthcare Settings”
  • National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter (NASW-NYS), “How to Survive a New York State Justice Center Investigation”
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Telemental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Basics”
  • New York Medical Group Management Association, “The New Information Blocking Rule: What Providers Need to Know” Webinar

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media


Louisiana Federal Judge Expands Injunction Prohibiting Enforcement of CMS Vaccine Mandate Nationwide


Revised IRS Form 8038-CP


The IRS Clarifies Standards for LLCs to Receive Determination Letter of 501(c)(3) Status


NYS OPWDD Issues Vaccine Guidance to ICFs


State and Federal Regulations Require NYS Health Care and Human Services Facilities to Implement Vaccine Mandates


Tax-Exempt Bond Provisions Included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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