Kathleen Adams founded MD Practice Partner in 2004. Today, as President, she continues to directly engage in shaping the strategic vision for the firm leading its growth, serving clients and maintaining a hands-on approach to daily operations. An industry thought leader and change agent for more than 25 years, Kathleen has led practices in a variety of healthcare specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, and neurosurgery. For the past 13 years, she has worked almost exclusively with dermatology and plastic surgery practices, launching start-up locations and providing support and direction as practices grow. Kathleen’s ability to connect with both staff and leadership offers a unique opportunity during stressful times of change management during phases of growth or following merger and acquisitions.
Contact: Kathleen Adams
Jessica Ellis-Wilson, CMPE co-chairs the Practice Management and Compliance Divisions for the Firm. She is an accomplished consultant, speaker, and coach with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit spaces. Board-Certified through the American College of Medical Practice Executives, Jessica is a Past President of MA/RI Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and is the founder and principal of the consulting firm Practical Management. A former executive leader, Jessica has worked with community health centers, private practices, academic medical centers, public health agencies, and concierge groups, and now devotes her time to helping private practices succeed and speaking across the country on a variety of healthcare and leadership topics. She also organizes Board/Executive retreats and offers leadership consulting in such fields as executive coaching, organizational transformation, and cultural sensitivity. Jessica is involved with every facet of practice management and offers counseling and education to medical practices on compliance, Human Resources, employment issues and disputes, staff structuring and training, and diversity/equity/inclusion. She also works collaboratively with Ms. Gallagher to envision and create medical practices from the ground up, promoting compliance, and educating staff to avoid future risks and to promote a healthy and productive work environment. The two women are regularly invited to speak nationally on these subjects and are often touted for their avant-garde, bold, and informative presentations.
Contact: Jessica Ellis-Wilson
Len Garza serves as Special Counsel to the Firm and co-chairs the Litigation and Transactional Divisions. He and Ms. Gallagher have maintained a longstanding professional relationship since their days engaging in sophisticated medical malpractice defense of physicians and provide a collaborative approach toward the client experience. In addition to litigation, Len has extensive experience representing medical practices, healthcare entities, companies, business owners, and other stakeholders offering a wide variety of complex business and corporate services including entity formation, corporate governance, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, real estate transactions, sales, and more. Len routinely represents the firm’s clients in a broad range of commercial transactions, including the review, draft, and negotiation of a vast array of business agreements including those with shareholders, vendors, clients, partners, employees, and associates.
Len also counsels clients on estate planning matters, including the formation of trusts, wills and other structures, all designed to transfer assets to heirs and to charities in a tax-efficient manner that achieves the goals and respects the values of our clients.
Len serves as a Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for Autism Speaks and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Enable, Inc., a non-profit provider of services, resources, and support for adults with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities in Central New Jersey.
Len is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is admitted to all federal courts in the major metropolitan areas of those jurisdictions.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Contact: Len Garza
Todd Gieger co-chairs the Firm’s Collections Division providing collections services for physicians. After graduating from Seton Hall University, he worked for GMAC to handle potential loss files. Three years later, he went to work with a commercial collections firm as a sales manager climbing the ranks until later being promoted to VP of Sales. Shortly thereafter, he started his own collections firm that later was acquired. He then consulted for several major collection law firms for 10 years prior to partnering with David E. Gray. Todd is nationally recognized amongst his peers for his outstanding work, achievements and is regularly invited to lecture locally and nationally. Most poignantly, as a licensed and bonded Private Investigator through the NJ State Police, Todd brings an enhanced dynamic to locating debtors and assets to pay debts before litigation is commenced.
Contact: Todd Gieger
David E. Gray co-chairs the Firm’s Collections Division providing top-notch financial services to ensure money is flowing back into medical practices.
David also represents businesses in connection with legal formation, operating agreements, contract disputes, union contracts, joint ventures, employment issues and buy/sale agreements with other publicly traded organizations. Corporate litigation, including complex tort and contract disputes, are a cornerstone of David’s practice.
David represents individuals in connection with personal injury, wrongful death, serious bodily injury, criminal defense, real estate, litigation and matrimonial actions. David also serves as a mediator for divorce and matrimonial cases and has been appointed as an Early Settlement Panelist by the court. He is certified by the Administrative Office of the Courts in mediation training.
David served as an adjunct professor at Centenary University (Business Law), Sussex County Community College and St. Peter’s University. He has lectured on various areas of the law before community organizations and has testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee regarding pending legislation. He has appeared on CNN, News12 New Jersey, Fox 5-Philadelphia, Channel 9 and Channel 11 news regarding a variety of cases. He has been quoted in the “Star Ledger,” “Daily Record,” “New Jersey Herald” and various local newspapers regarding cases he has successfully litigated.
David is a graduate of the Rutgers School of Business (B.S.) and the Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.) with honors. He was twice elected as a Councilman and serves as Deputy Mayor of Byram Township in New Jersey. Recognized for his successful track record, David was honored in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 to be chosen by SuperLawyers® in the State of New Jersey.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey, New York
Contact: David Gray
William Melchior is the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer. He prides himself on creating and fostering long-term client relationships and goodwill. He interfaces regularly with clientele and manages all aspects of the Firm’s marketing presence and persona, including all publications and promotions.
Previously, Bill served as the Marketing Manager for a boutique healthcare law firm in Bridgewater, NJ, where he was responsible for managing all marketing efforts, under direct supervision from the Managing Partner. He was also responsible for client retention as well as client recruitment through a variety of channels. Bill supervised the complete design makeover of all ﬁrm marketing materials with assistance from the ﬁrm’s graphic designer and launched a robust social media effort via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus. He served as the ﬁrm’s primary contact for medical societies throughout New Jersey and New York and managed the ﬁrm’s marketing presence at state, county, and specialty Society meetings/conventions.
Bill has served within Marketing Departments in different capacities for law ﬁrms of all different sizes in New Jersey as well as Washington, DC. He managed website content featuring attorney bios, recent headlines, news & events, and representative clients. He also has coordinated, from start to ﬁnish, practice group seminars and firm-wide “meet & greets” for business development.
In Washington, DC, Bill spearheaded a new print advertising campaign to focus on speciﬁc practice groups such as Employment & Labor and Creditors’ Rights. He collaborated with the Chief Operating Ofﬁcer on all aspects of marketing, communications, and public relations for the ﬁrm. He edited and managed the distribution of Commercial Lending and Land Use & Zoning practice group newsletters, which were disseminated to current and prospective clients. In addition, Bill served as the ﬁrm’s point person for all media inquiries and advertising opportunities including The Washington Post.
Bill also has extensive experience working within the professional sports industry at a regional sports television network (CSN-Mid-Atlantic), Major League Baseball, and also working with the Baltimore Orioles as well as the Cleveland Indians.
Contact: William G. Melchior, Jr.
Ray Posa and Ms. Gallagher co-chair the Firm’s HIPAA Compliance Division offering clientele all aspects of Federally and State-required HIPAA compliance services including privacy and security manuals, IT assessments, risk analyses, forms, training, breach and disclosure intervention, lecturing, and prospective interfacing on compliance issues. Ray is the President and Founder of The Manta Group, a HIPAA and Technology consulting firm based in Farmingdale, NJ. After receiving a BS in Airport Management and a MBA in Information Systems, Ray spent several years as a database programmer and project manager for several military projects. It was this background that helped hone a unique skill set of analyzing the operations of small companies and medical practices and applying appropriate technological solutions.
Professionalism, dedication, and attention to detail are some of the traits that have made Ray a preeminent leader in his field. He establishes long-term relationships the Firm’s clients and helps them evolve as the technologies evolve. With an extensive background in computer security from the military, Ray has emerged as a HIPAA expert and educates medical practices as to how to leverage the requirements of HIPAA into improved office efficiency and security.
Ray and Ms. Gallagher are frequently invited before large groups of physicians and medical practices to offer regulatorily-mandated HIPAA annual training in addition to the regulatorily-mandated OSHA training that Ms. Gallagher presents.
The Firm is also proud to have Ray provide IT and Real Estate Consulting Services for its clients.
Contact: Raymond Posa
Bonny G. Rafel is Of Counsel to the Firm, providing ground-level advisory services, guidance and court-advocacy to medical groups and/or on behalf of disabled practitioners.
Bonny is touted for her experience, knowledge of the complex disability laws, compassion, and tireless advocacy for clients. She manages every detail of each case and guides clients through the process to obtain the disability benefits they deserve or to assist their patients in doing so. Bonny regularly meets with clients to review their policies and to track their medical conditions and occupational demands to strategize the best method of optimizing the claims under the group and individual contracts. She also appeals the wrongful denial of benefits both at the administrative appeal level and in litigation.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey
Contact: Bonny G. Rafel
Rami Salim serves as Counsel to the Firm and works side-by-side with Ms. Gallagher on a vast array of client matters ranging from State Board administrative actions, litigation, fee negotiations & arbitrations, mediations, fair hearings, Medical/Dental Staff services, Medical Society advocacy, audits & appeals, online reputational matters, employment services & disputes, credentialing actions, real estate transactions, landlord-tenant actions, practice sales, immigration, and matrimonial actions. Ms. Gallagher and Rami also work very closely to assist medical practices, surgicenters, and healthcare facilities go in-network with the major commercial carriers.
Rami has dedicated much of his time volunteering with such organizations as Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and St. George Little Falls Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations. Rami graduated from Suffolk University Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Seton Hall University.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey, New York
Contact: Rami Salim
As co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation, Transactional, and ERISA Divisions, Karen Wachs practices as both a healthcare and commercial litigator and transactional attorney. A dynamic ‘transactional litigator’, Karen provides multi-faceted representation to medical practices and practitioners in practice areas including healthcare, employment, ERISA, commercial real estate, and corporate and business matters. Karen works hand-in-hand with Ms. Gallagher and is involved in all aspects of litigation including litigation strategy concerning insurance, compliance, employment and contract issues. Karen also facilitates the purchase and sale of medical practices and commercial real estate, review of employment/contractor agreements, formation of new practices, separation from practices, and business structuring.
Karen serves on the Board of New Jersey Women Lawyers Association as co-director of the solo/small firm committtee, as well as delegate to the NJ State Bar Association General Council. She also is a member of the NJ State Bar Association’s business law, healthcare and solo-small firm sections.
Karen received her law degree from George Washington University. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, College Park.
Ms. Gallagher touts Karen for her unmatched analytical skills and attention to detail. They share the same values as to how physician litigations and transactional services are administered.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and District of Columbia
Contact: Karen Wachs
Blair R. Zwillman co-chairs the Firm’s Criminal and White Collar Crime Divisions and has over 40 years of experience with the criminal justice system. After serving as a Law Clerk to Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Thuring in Hudson County, he became a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice, a section of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, where he prosecuted cases. In 1979, Blair left state service and began the private practice of criminal law, with his primary goal to assist and defend those charged with crime.
Blair is well regarded by his peers and is a frequent contributor to legal publications. He has successfully defended those charged with both white collar crimes and all other crimes. His practice includes federal court matters nationwide, New Jersey state matters, public agency cases, and municipal case matters.
Blair has successfully defended all types of federal cases, including healthcare matters, drug crimes, tax fraud and evasion, white collar crimes, such as fraud and embezzlement, criminal conspiracy, extortion, and sexually related cases. In state court, Blair handles cases including, but not limited to, murder, assault and other violent crimes, robbery, theft, fraud, bribery and forgery, drugs and weapons charges, possession of child pornography, and expungement petitions for those seeking to remove prior convictions.
Blair also handles licensing issues for doctors, dentists, and other professionals before state licensing boards. He regularly collaborates with Ms. Gallagher on Qui Tams, defense of healthcare fraud and improper coding claims, and on legally structuring medical practices and lease agreements to avoid scrutiny from state and federal authorities for Stark & AntiKickback violations.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey, New York, US Supreme Court
Contact: Blair R. Zwillman