Connecting Healthcare Attorneys and Students
The Epstein Health Law and Policy Program partners with the College of Law’s many graduates, who after graduation have taken a range of interesting positions in health law and related fields across Illinois (from Champaign-Urbana to Chicago), and across the nation (from California to Florida), as the maps on the Alumni in Health Law page show. Our alums in private practice have made time to mentor our students and share insights into practicing in a fast-moving, evolving field.
Chris works at McGuireWoods, LLP, where he works mostly in the transactional and regulatory space of healthcare law. He works with clients that include hospitals, surgery centers, physician groups, dialysis groups, and private equity groups, among others, to foster transactions and ensure clients’ regulatory compliance with legal issues such as fraud and abuse laws, ACA compliance, and state healthcare regulations. Prior to law school at U of I and working in the law, Chris graduated from Creighton University with an economics major and biology minor and worked in healthcare information technology field at a large electronic medical records company.
Ashley E. Dus concentrates her practice in professional negligence and product liability. She defends both physicians and lawyers against malpractice suits and manufacturers against product liability claims. She joined the firm as an associate following her graduation magna cum laude with her BA in Political Science, and a Spanish minor, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2016. She earned four CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for her academic excellence in Legal Writing & Analysis, Negotiation Skills & Strategies, Family Law, and Children, Culture, & Violence. She was awarded two Rickert Awards for her Excellence in Legal Writing and for her Excellence in Service.
Kurt Leifheit is Vice President, Corporate Counsel for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. In this role, Kurt represents Carle and its affiliates and subsidiaries in a variety of legal, regulatory, and transactional matters. Kurt received a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago. Kurt is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys. He is the Board President of Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and a Board Member of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation.
Catrina Miksis is a Staff Attorney with Prairie State Legal Services in Rockford, Illinois. Her work focuses on development of Medical-Legal Partnerships to serve Rockford's homeless and low-income population by providing on-site legal assistance at health clinics in an effort to reduce health-harming civil legal needs. The work was initially funded through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Catrina received her J.D. from the College of Law in 2016.
Greg is Associate Counsel for UnityPoint Health, an integrated health system with approximately 29 hospitals and 280 physician clinics throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. As internal counsel, Greg represents UnityPoint Health on a variety of matters affecting the health system, such as compliance, risk management, physician contracting, and medical staff matters. Prior to joining UnityPoint Health, Greg was a partner at a regional law firm, representing hospitals, physicians, and business clients in commercial transactions and health law. Greg received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University in 1997 and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys.
Amanda Ray, a 2018 College of Law graduate, is a healthcare consultant at The Advis Group. She consults healthcare systems and hospitals on a variety of regulatory and compliance matters involving: 340B Pharmacy, HIPAA, CMS attestation filings, state licensure and Certificate of Need, provider-based status, and Medicare Conditions of Participation. She also assists clients in operationalizing various healthcare facilities, including: long-term acute care hospitals, ASCs, and micro hospitals. As a law student, she participated in the Loyola Health Law Transactional Competition and served as the 2017 President of the Health and Elder Law Society.
Mark Scott is an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where he focuses on representing generic pharmaceutical companies in abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) patent litigations. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions regarding IP or Health Law!
Breanna M. Taylor is an associate in Wicker Smith’s West Palm Beach Office handling medical malpractice, professional liability and premises liability. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and English. She then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois in 2016, graduating cum laude. While in law school, Breanna was a Research Assistant and focused on healthcare, bioethics, family law, religious freedom and LGBT rights. She was also involved with the Health and Elder Law Society, Association for Women Law Students (WLS) and was published in The Elder Law Journal at the University of Illinois. Breanna worked in Chicago prior to her relocation to Florida and is barred in both Illinois and Florida.
Daniel L. Walbright is a 2017 graduate of the U of I College of Law. Following graduation, Daniel began his practice at the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Chicago, IL. Daniel assists major hospitals and health systems with all matters of regulatory compliance involving both federal and state fraud and abuse laws, as well as HIPAA compliance issues. Daniel also assists hospitals and health systems in M&A and strategic transaction matters.
Sarah practices within the firm’s healthcare department and advises clients on corporate, transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Sarah worked at a pharmaceutical company in Illinois where she assisted on FDA compliance issues. During law school, she worked for another large law firm where she worked on a broad range of litigation and corporate projects. She was also involved in many pro bono projects including clemency petitions and asylum cases. Sarah competed in the Loyola Health Law Transactional Competition.
While pursuing her law degree at University of Illinois, Sarah was a Celia Howards Fellow and a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity scholar. She has also received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Healthcare Practice, Oil and Gas Law, and Intellectual Property.