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FrancesCiardullo

Special Counsel

"I find it deeply satisfying when I'm able to assist health care providers in finding solutions to their legal risk-management issues."

Overview

Biography

Fran primarily concentrates her practice on health care and risk-management issues. She routinely counsels physicians, physician groups, dentists, hospitals and health systems, nursing homes, and other providers on matters involving professional misconduct, professional liability, medical-staff issues, scope of practice, mandated reporting, peer review, and regulatory compliance. Fran also handles consent for treatment and surrogate decision making, patient care, EMTALA, and health-information privacy issues.

A former Town of Schroeppel town justice, Fran is also trained in alternative dispute resolution and has mediated and arbitrated a variety of civil actions and disputes. She routinely publishes industry articles and presents educational programs on legal matters to hospitals, medical and dental practices, and trade associations.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Director, Memorial Observance Co-Chair, and Health Law Section Member
  • Central New York Women’s Bar Association, Former President

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • American Health Lawyer’s Association
  • NY Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts, Fifth Judicial District
  • NYS Magistrate’s Association
  • Onondaga County Magistrate’s Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Serves as counsel to the largest writer of professional-liability insurance in New York State, providing legal risk-management services for insured physicians, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities.
  • Served as defense counsel in Balaklaw v. Lovell, a federal Second Circuit case involving the grant of an exclusive contract by a hospital to an anesthesia group. The case is now widely cited in health care antitrust litigation as an example of the principle of antitrust injuries.
  • Represented CNY hospitals in disputes involving medical staff membership and corrective action under the medical staff bylaws.
  • Provided risk-management services to MLMIC-insured hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, surgery centers, physicians, and dentists. Also provided legal guidance to facilities and professionals on a wide range of organizational and patient care issues, including HIPAA and the disclosure of medical information under NY law, EMTALA, peer review, consent for treatment, professional liability, patient discharge/abandonment questions, and the scope of practice.

Prior Experience

  • Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP, Counsel
  • Costello, Cooney & Fearon, LLP, Partner
  • Town Justice, Town of Schroeppel

Selected Community Activities

  • Menorah Park of CNY, Inc. Board of Directors Member
  • NYS Office of Court Administration, Former Senior Faculty Instructor for Town and Village Justice Training Programs
  • The New School for Social Research, Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, Former Health Care Administration Faculty Member
  • SUNY Health Science Center Medical Humanities Program, Former Lecturer
  • Syracuse University College of Law, Board of Visitors Member and Former Health Law Adjunct

Selected Honors

  • NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct, Appointed by Former Chief Justice Judith Kaye as Vice Chair, 2001-2004
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Buffalo Niagara Dental Meeting, "Legal Pitfalls in the Modern Dental Practice"
  • Iroquois Health Care Alliance/Association, IHA Compliance Committee Forum, “Dealing With Difficult Patient Situations”
  • Empire State Association of Assisted Living 39th Annual Conference and Trade Show, “Accommodation of Disabilities and Language Interpreters"
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology Resident Program, “Social Media in Health Care”
  • NY Chapter American College of Physicians, Buffalo District, “Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records”

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Courtroom Battles Ahead for Emergency Regulations Addressing Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illnesses

Alerts

Court of Appeals Green Lights Associational Discrimination Lawsuit Under the ADA

Alerts

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Contractual Limitation Period for Title VII Claims

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