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Judith A. Eisen '86

Partner/Director, Garfunkel Wild, P.C.

As a partner/director for Garfunkel Wild, P.C., a highly specialized law firm in the metropolitan area representing clients in the health care field, Judith A. Eisen ’86 works every day on issues relating to what she believes is one of the most “fascinating and ever-changing” areas of the law.

Since Eisen joined Garfunkel Wild in 1988, her position has grown to include oversight of health care corporate transactions, as well as corporate and regulatory matters. She represents a wide range of health care providers hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, durable medical equipment providers, pharmacies, laboratories and physicians. She also regularly represents other clients related to the health care industry, including health care lenders and vendors.

In addition, Eisen has worked extensively on matters relating to not-for-profit corporate governance, as well as related issues for social service agencies. She also has developed and implemented a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act, or HIPAA, compliance program for health care providers, health plans and clearinghouses.

But it isn’t just her legal experience that drives Eisen’s passion for the health care industry. Before becoming an attorney, she worked as a registered nurse in pediatrics and neonatal intensive care, nursing education, nursing administration and risk management.  While engaged in risk management, Eisen found herself working closely with lawyers, which piqued her interest in pursuing a career that combined both health and legal aspects.

Eisen’s time at Hofstra Law solidified her interest in health care law, and her favorite faculty members and courses reflect that. The courses she most enjoyed focused on corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, including debtor/creditor law, while her favorite professors included two of Hofstra Law’s distinguished faculty members: Janet L. Dolgin, the Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law, and Alan N. Resnick, the Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professor of Bankruptcy Law. “I found the environment at Hofstra Law to be collegial and well-focused,” Eisen says.

Her first job after graduating from law school was as a member of the corporate department at Schulte, Roth & Zabel. Since becoming a lawyer, Eisen has lectured for bar associations and trade associations, published articles and given webinars, and she has done pro bono legal work for numerous not-for-profit health care and social service agencies.

As for her future plans, Eisen will remain practicing at Garfunkel Wild and continue to teach others to navigate the complex waters of health care law. She recommends that law students interested in this field “obtain some general legal experience in their preferred area, such as corporate or litigation, and then apply to health care firms or for in-house counsel positions in the field.”