Duane Morris partner named Washington, DC trailblazer

Duane Morris partner Michael E. Barnicle has been named a Washington, DC trailblazer by National Law Journal. The inaugural list honours individuals who are “truly agents of change.”

In law school, Michael Barnicle read about U.S. military veterans who were not receiving the benefits they deserved. He was so upset that he started a free legal clinic to help veterans obtain what the government owned them. But that wasn’t enough. “I said, ‘well, if I’m going to walk the walk and talk the talk. …'” He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he became a paratrooper and served in Iraq. The experience informs his private practice, in which he facilitates government contracts – including defence contracts – for his clients. “I’m a bridge a lot of times,” spanning the worlds of business and the military. “I speak (both) languages and that really facilitates difficult things.”

Barnicle entered the Army through a pilot program that provided legal advisers to military commanders in areas of conflict. “The more difficult the place in the world, the more difficult the legal problems.” In the four years since he left the Army, Barnicle became a partner at Duane Morris and helped create the firm’s government contracts and international trade practice group. His client list includes many defence contractors, and at least half his practice involves international markets. Although attached to the firm’s Washington office, Barnicle works mostly out of Chicago. “Federal government contracts don’t have geographic limitations.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnicle has spent much of his time “helping suppliers think creatively to work with both the federal and state governments” to maintain the supply chain for medicines and medical equipment. When the pandemic subsides, he will resume working with technology companies that he thinks are key to supporting military operations. “They’re kind of the new Lockheeds and the new Raytheons and the new large defence industrial base contractors. It’s really important that they understand how to work with the government.”

Duane Morris partner named in “40 Under 40” list

Duane Morris partner Oderah C. Nwaeze has been named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. The list honours professionals who have demonstrated business success, community involvement, leadership ability and influence. Mr. Nwaeze will be honoured at a reception on August 27, 2020.

Mr. Nwaeze is a trial lawyer with significant experience litigating complex corporate and commercial matters. His experience consists of corporate governance actions, statutory actions arising under Delaware General Corporation Law, state and federal class actions (including matters involving state and federal securities laws, statutory and common law fraud, and breaches of fiduciary duty) and breach of contract disputes. He also represents financial institutions in litigation matters and has a unique understanding of the legal and business sensitivities of banking clients, which he sharpened through a secondment with TD Bank, N.A. in 2018.

Mr. Nwaeze sits on the Duane Morris Philadelphia office’s Inclusion Committee. He also serves on the Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees for Bancroft, a non-profit provider of specialised services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities. In March 2019, he was appointed to the board of directors for Campus Philly, an organisation dedicated to fuelling economic growth in Philadelphia by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.

Arthur Goldstein Honoured by the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club

DHC Partner Arthur Goldstein was honoured by the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club of Canarsie, Brooklyn, at their 64th annual dinner dance at the El Caribe Country Club on November 17. Pictured are Goldstein with United States Senator Charles Schumer.

Arthur Goldstein has worked in all aspects of government relations, particularly New York City, New York State and Westchester County government, legislative, and agency processes. His practice areas also include Administrative Law, Land Use, and Regulatory Law. His government experience spans more than twenty five years, including positions with the New York City Council and the administration of New York Mayor Edward I. Koch. Before joining Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, Mr. Goldstein was counsel to New York City Council Speak Peter F. Vallone for several years. Mr. Goldstein’s years of experience have provided him with a keen understanding of the ins and outs of municipal and state government in New York. He represents diverse clients, including major corporations, small businesses, restaurants, and several not-for-profit organisations.

Mr. Goldstein enjoys the interaction between government goals and individual entities’ needs. Often the broadness of government’s concerns obscures the impact on specific communities, industries, or businesses. Having worked in government for many years, he can help the decision-makers see how modifications can move a government plan forward and also benefit the larger community. Mr. Goldstein works with many not-for-profits, helping them explain their value to government in order to gain support for new programs or continue financial support to sustain ongoing activities.

HealthTrust Honors Members for Excellence and Community Service

HealthTrust today recognised five member organisations with its most esteemed honor, the Member Recognition Award, during the annual HealthTrust University Conference under way at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. HealthTrust established the Member Awards in 2009 to acknowledge outstanding contributions of organisations and individuals who demonstrate excellence in supporting providers, patients and their communities. HealthTrust president and CEO, Ed Jones, presented awards to the following HealthTrust members.

Outstanding Member – Atlantic Health System, Morristown, N.J., for exceptional fiscal improvements by leveraging HealthTrust initiatives, maintaining contract compliance and adopting new contract categories.

  • Kevin Lenahan, SVP, chief financial and administrative officer
  • Stephen Albanese, director, strategic sourcing
  • Adisa Mesalic, manager, strategic sourcing
  • Dawn Petronio, MAS, BSN, RN, clinical consultant, strategic sourcing
  • Drew Douglas, strategic sourcing analyst

Operational Excellence – OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Okla., for integrating physicians, nurse leaders, executives and supply chain in value analysis disciplines and other best practices to streamline operations and maximise savings.

  • April Imel, BSN, RN, director of value analysis
  • Dee Cross, MSN, RN, administrative director of value analysis
  • Casey Woods, MHA, COO
  • Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC, physician chairman, value analysis committee

Clinical Excellence – HCA Healthcare Continental Division, Denver, Colo., for executing a laboratory stewardship process leading to improvements in operational efficiencies, financial performance, care outcomes and physician engagement, and expanding the program to other hospital divisions.

  • Heather Signorelli, DO, chief laboratory officer, Clinical Services Group, HCA Healthcare
  • Gary Winfield, MD, division CMO

Social Stewardship – Scripps Health, San Diego, Calif., for deploying volunteer medical response teams and providing non-clinical support to thousands of residents displaced by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.

  • Debra McQuillen, RN, BSN, MAS, VP and chief operations executive, Scripps Mercy Hospital
  • Steve Miller, RN, MS, FACHE, senior director, clinical services, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
  • Mike Godfrey, ABC, senior director, corporate communications
  • Jay Larrosa, MSN, RN-BC, ACM-RN, PHN, FACDONA, project manager, system care management

Pharmacy Excellence – Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., for innovative quality and control measures in mitigating pharmacy drug spend resulting in operational efficiencies and sustained cost savings.

  • Jerry Reed, MS, RPh, FASCP, FASHP, VP of pharmacy
  • Heather Weese, PharmD, MSHI, BCPS, BCPPS, senior director, pharmacy services

In addition to being honored at the conference, award recipients will be featured in the fall issue of The Source magazine for HealthTrust members.

About HealthTrust

HealthTrust (Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total spend management advisory solutions that leverage operator experience, scale and innovation. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., HealthTrust (https://healthtrustpg.com/) serves over 1,600 hospitals and health systems, and more than 40,000 other member locations including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. On Twitter @healthtrustpg.