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PaulKietzman

Of Counsel

"It's always seemed like the rarest of privileges to be a lawyer whose job is to help people with disabilities, their families, and provider agencies."

Overview

Biography

The former general counsel to the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Paul has decades of experience counseling health care clients in both the private and public sectors. Paul has extensive experience handling matters involving NYS OPWDD regulations and policy; consumer movement, discharge, and treatment planning, including behavioral and medication interventions; health care and end-of-life decision making and planning; guardianship and alternatives; not-for-profit corporate formation, mergers, and related issues; and drafting and analyzing statutory and regulatory proposals and provisions.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Served as the first general counsel to the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and represented the state in several pivotal federal court hearings and appeals in the Willowbrook litigation.
  • Authored several pieces of legislation, including amendments to SCPA Article 17-A and a bill permitting the use of a simplified health care proxy with “act now” optional authority in the OPWDD service system.
  • Wrote portions of the Mental Hygiene Law, including Article 16, and the implementing legislation for Governor Pataki’s New York State Cares initiative.

Prior Experience

  • NYSARC, Inc., General Counsel and Senior Counsel
  • NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, General Counsel
  • NYS Department of Social Services, Medicaid Cost Containment Litigation, Deputy Counsel
  • Rosenblum, Leventhal & Kietzman, Associate and Partner

Selected Community Activities

  • Albany Law School Government Law Center, Board of Advisors Member
  • Town of Poestenkill, Board of Ethics Chair
  • Heather Ridge Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc., Founder and Former President
  • Albany Knickerbocker Rugby Football Club, Founder and Former President
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association Home Care in New York State CLE, “Ethical Considerations in Home Care Advocacy”
  • New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section Fall Meeting, “Current Issues in Guardianship for People With Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities”
  • New York State Bar Association, “An Introduction to the Newly Enacted Family Health Care Decision Making Act Effective June 1, 2010”
  • New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Annual Meeting, Health Law Section, “The History and Recent Trends in OMRDD (OPWDD) Medicaid Rate and Fee Setting”
  • Albany Law School Government Law Center Non-Profits at the Crossroads: A Summit for Board Members and Staff Symposium , “Tools for the Organizational Leader to Better Understand the Regulatory Concepts of Advocacy and Lobbying,” Moderator

Selected Publications & Media

Featured Media

Alerts

Component 2 EEO-1 Online Filing System Update

Alerts

#MeToo Continues Gaining Momentum as NYS Legislature Passes New Employment Discrimination Protections

Alerts

Planning for the End of LIBOR

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