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MargaretSurowka

Counsel

"It is my privilege to zealously advocate for my clients and to help them navigate compliance with complex, evolving regulations."

Overview

Biography

A former general counsel at the New York State Dental Association with over 20 years of legal experience, Margaret primarily concentrates her practice on representing individual health care providers and facilities in licensure, disciplinary, and ethics proceedings. She routinely counsels clients facing Medicaid, Medicare, and other governmental investigations and audits as well as assisting with employment and contract matters. She assists clients with compliance programs and has successfully represented health care entities with significant disclosures to the federal and state government. Margaret also defends clients facing license revocation and represents them in disciplinary matters before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline.

Margaret additionally represents employers from other industries in matters before the NYS Division of Human Rights. Her familiarity with NYS and New York City lobbying laws helps her navigate clients’ lobbying-compliance issues and audits.

Bar Associations

  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Former President
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation, Health Law, and Corporate Counsel Sections
  • Women’s Bar Association, Former Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • National Society of Dental Practitioners, Board of Directors Member
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Represented numerous health care providers in OMIG audits and achieved termination and other successful audit results.
  • Represented and advised clients undergoing OMIG compliance-effectiveness reviews.
  • Represented health care professionals before state regulatory agencies and federal agencies with respect to licensure and Medicaid participation.
  • Represented health care professionals with substance-use disorders in disciplinary, certification, and insurance matters.
  • Represented and defended a restaurant owner in a NYS Department of Labor audit.
  • Successfully defended a physician in a revocation proceeding and subsequent appeal by the medical board.
  • Served as counsel in a trial in which the NYS Department of Health (DOH) and the NYS Office for People With Development Disabilities (OPWDD) were found responsible for funding the reasonable actual costs of administrative overhead in providing services under Medicaid.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Counsel
  • New York State Dental Association, General Counsel
  • McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Senior Litigation Associate
  • Corbin Silverman & Sanseverino, Litigation Associate
  • Chadbourne & Parke, Litigation Associate
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section's Committee on Not-For-Profit Entities and Concerns 2019 Annual Meeting Program, “Medicaid Reimbursement and the State’s Treatment of Administrative Overhead Expenses”
  • Barclay Damon, “Will Your Company Survive a Department of Labor Audit?” Webinar
  • Greater New York Dental Meeting, “Medicaid Fraud Forum,” Moderator and Presenter
  • Henry Spenadel Continuing Education Program, “Dental Jurisprudence and Ethics,” Course Developer and Presenter
  • Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, “Steps to Starting and Maintaining a Successful NP Private Practice”

Selected Publications & Media

  • NYSBA Health Law Journal, “Nurse Practitioner Practice in New York State”
  • Bulletin for Ninth District Dental Society, “A Guide to Avoiding OPD”
  • New York State Dental Journal, “New York Setting the Standard for Responsible Dentistry”
  • New York State Dental Journal, “Prescription for Passing Inspection”
  • NYSDA News, “Getting Creative With Insurance Forms”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

New NYS Hemp Legislation Signed

Alerts

NY Green Bank and NY PSC: Energy Storage Updates

Alerts

House Judiciary Committee Advances MORE Act

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