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ICRH Partner Attends CLM Conference
Partner Joshua E. Mackey attended the annual conference for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) in San Antonio, Texas, from April 9 - 12. At the conference he participated in various classes on the latest developments in insurance law, technology, claims handling and litigation management. CLM is the only national organization created to meet the needs of professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. For more information visit CLM.
ICRH Supports National Rebuilding Day
Omer Gil, an associate in ICRH’s Poughkeepsie office, participated in National Rebuilding Day on April 27, 2013. National Rebuilding Day is a project of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that rehabilitates homes in order to revitalize communities. Omer is the president of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC). On April 27, 70,000 volunteers across the country restored homes for hundreds of low-income Americans, including military families. RTDC assisted eight local families in Wingdale, Staatsburg, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Hopewell Junction and Beacon. For more information on RTDC’s involvement, please visit this link.
ICRH Volunteers at Regional Food Bank
On April 23, 2013, a group of 18 ICRH partners, associates, staff and friends volunteered at the warehouse of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Regional Food Bank collects donations of food and other items from wholesalers, retailers and others and distributes them to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties stretching from the Canadian border to Rockland and Putnam counties. The group’s assigned tasks included sorting through an assortment of toothpaste, shampoos and other personal care items to be distributed to shelters and other agencies in need of such supplies. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to give back by helping the community’s food bank!
ICRH Lawyers Named to List of 2013 Super Lawyers for Upstate New York
Partners Robert Iseman, Michael Cunningham, and Carol Hyde have been selected as 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Bob and Carol were selected in the health care practice area, and Mike was chosen for personal injury defense. Super Lawyers is a rating service that rates attorneys in more than 70 practice areas. Honorees are selected by independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Bob Iseman has been selected in the health care practice area continuously since the inception of the Super Lawyers designation. Mike Cunningham and Carol Hyde were first honored as Super Lawyers in 2010 – Carol for health care and Mike for construction law.
In addition, using the same selection criteria, associate Michelle Almeida has been named as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Rising stars are chosen by lawyers who are asked to nominate those they consider to be the best attorneys under the age of 40, or who have been practicing law for less than 10 years.
Partner Josh Mackey Attends Planning Board Course
On March 26, Partner Joshua E. Mackey attended a course on “Planning Board and Subdivision Overviews” at the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Dutchess County Farm and Home Center in Millbrook, New York. Josh currently chairs both the Town of Washington Planning Board and the Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan Committee. CCE Dutchess County, a subordinate governmental agency associated with Cornell University and its land-grant mission since 1869, provides research-based resources, tools and education for the residents and officials of Dutchess County. For more information visit www.ccedutchess.org
ICRH Partner Attends Dutchess Land Conservancy Event
Partner Josh Mackey attended a luncheon reception on March 26 for community leaders involved in zoning and planning at the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), Millbrook, New York. Discussion focused on land conservation and planning techniques. Ideas were shared among attendees and further cooperation with the DLC was agreed upon. DLC is a private, non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to preserving for present and future generations the scenic, agricultural and environmental resources of Dutchess County, New York, including open spaces, forests, water resources and wildlife habitats. DLC carries out its mission by obtaining conservation easements on privately held land and monitoring these easements in perpetuity. In addition, DLC provides technical land planning assistance, educates the public on matters of land conservation and works with government organizations to encourage environmentally sound planning. For more information visit www.dutchessland.org.
ICRH Blog Entry Makes Top 10
The firm’s recent blog entry on encryption of portable electronic devices made LexBlog’s list of Top 10 blog entries for April 16, 2013. The entry, prepared by Associate Linda Terner, discusses the severe consequences for loss of portable devices containing personal health information (PHI). Read the entry at Just Do It: Encrypt Portable Electronic Media Devices.
ICRH To Sponsor Eighth Annual “Forty Under 40” Shaker Awards in Poughkeepsie
ICRH is proud to again serve as one of the major sponsors of the annual “Forty Under 40” Shaker Awards for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The eighth annual event will take place on April 23, 2013 at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, and will honor the top forty future leaders of the Hudson Valley under the age of 40. This year’s honorees range in age from 18-39 and encompass a wide variety of professions. Three ICRH attorneys are past recipients of the award: Partner Joshua Mackey (2009) and associates Michelle Almeida (2009) and Omer Gil (2011). For a full list of the 2013 recipients or to find out more about the event, please visit the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce website at Forty Under 40.
ICRH Partners Attend Pattern for Progress Event
On March 4 partners Joshua Mackey and David Wise attended the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Annual Kick-Off Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. At the event, business and civic leaders from around the region participated in a panel discussion concerning the regional economy and government’s role in facilitating growth and recovery. Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy, planning, advocacy and research organization. Its mission is to promote regional, balanced and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of New York’s Hudson Valley. For more information on the initiative, visit Pattern For Progress.
ICRH Partner Addresses Albany Law School’s “2012 CLE Program for Recent Graduates”
Partner John F. Queenan was a recent speaker at Albany Law School’s “2012 CLE Program for Recent Graduates.” The program was sponsored by the law school and supported by alumni, and was designed to assist recent law school graduates obtain required New York State credits for continuing education. Mr. Queenan’s topic was “Witness Interviews and Expert Selection.” The program was attended by approximately 150 recent graduates. Mr. Queenan is chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, and has more than 15 years of experience as a litigator.
ICRH Partner Elected to Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY
Partner Carol Hyde has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY). The Girl Scouts have been serving girls of Northeastern New York since 1916, but GSNENY itself was established in June 2007 from the union of four Girl Scout councils, and now serves 15 counties. The Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GENENY’s “ToGetHerThere” initiative is aimed at empowering girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.gsneny.org and www.togetherthere.org.
ICRH is pleased to announce that David Wise joined the firm as a partner on January 14, 2013.
ICRH Partners Named 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Health Care
Robert Iseman, Carol Hyde and Richard Frankel, partners in the firm, have each been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. The complete list of Top Rated Lawyers will be highlighted in the February 2013 issues ofThe American Lawyer and Corporate Counselmagazines.
Bob, Carol and Rich have all previously achieved the AV Preeminent® peer review rating of Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. For over a century, Martindale's Peer Review Ratings have provided authoritative information on the legal profession. Peer Review Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.
ICRH Offices Support Local Charities
The partners and employees in the Albany and Poughkeepsie offices of ICRH contributed more than $2,000 in gifts to the annual Toys for Tots program. The Albany office also supported the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society, and the Poughkeepsie office collected items for the Dutchess County SPCA and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The annual giving was coordinated by the firm’s Activities Committee, chaired by partner Carol Hyde, who commented, “We have a lot of very generous people in our firm. This was our best year ever for office participation.” To contribute to Toys for Tots, the humane society or SPCA, visit their websites at Toys For Tots, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, and Dutchess County SPCA.
ICRH Associate Speaks at Annual Meeting of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
Frank Izzo, an associate in the firm’s Poughkeepsie office, was a panel member on the topic of first-party insurance at the annual meeting of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) on November 12, 2012. The panel addressed issues faced by first-party carriers, including identifying fraudulent claims, addressing plaintiff attorney tactics and proposed legislation. Frank moderated the panel and provided insight specific to New York insurance law. For more information about NSPII visit www.nspii.com.
ICRH Partner to Speak at Scollard Leadership Conference
Robert Iseman will speak at the ninth annual Patrick J. Scollard Leadership Conference, scheduled to be held on December 14, 2012, at the DeMatteis Center in Old Brookville, NY. Mr. Iseman’s presentation will be on the topic of “Salt and Light – The Conflict Between Religious Rights and Government Regulation.” Two hundred fifty medical professionals and health care managers who deal with faith-based issues confronting health care providers today are scheduled to attend the conference. Other speakers will be The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, who will address “Challenges of Faith-Based Systems”; and Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, author of The Quantum Leader. The event will also include the presentation of the 2012 Patrick J. Scollard Leadership Award.
ICRH Partner Moderates Seminar on ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Comp Issues
Partner Brian M. Culnan served as moderator at the Lorman Business seminar entitled “Best Practices in ADA, FMLA, and Worker’s Compensation” on September 28, 2012, in Albany, NY. The seminar was designed for human resources personnel in local businesses. Brian also spoke at the seminar on the topic of compliance with both state and federal disabilities statutes, with particular emphasis on the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act and the interpretive guidelines and regulations promulgated by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under that statute.
ICRH Associate Joins Defense Research Institute
Omer Gil, an associate in our Poughkeepsie office, has joined the Defense Research Institute (DRI) as a new member. DRI is an international organization whose members are attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. DRI provides numerous educational and informational resources to its members and offers many opportunities for liaison among defense trial lawyers, corporate America, and state and local defense organizations. DRI also has an international presence, and works to enhance understanding of the law among members of the defense community who are concerned with the expanding globalization of litigation defense. For more information about DRI visit www.dri.org.
ICRH Associate Establishes Non-Profit Youth Basketball Program
Omer Gil, an associate in the firm’s Poughkeepsie office, recently established The Poughkeepsie Basketball Project, a 501(c) non-profit organization designed to help motivate students to participate in school and give back to their community. Read the full Poughkeepsie Journal article on the project here.
For more information, please visit The Poughkeepsie Basketball Project’s Facebook page.
ICRH Attorneys to Speak at Healthcare Financial Management Association Event
Partners Carol Hyde and Richard Frankel, and Associate Michael Deyo will speak at the “2012 Healthcare Legal Update” event sponsored by the northeast chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). The seminar will take place on October 30, 2012, at the Edison Club in Rexford, NY. Richard Frankel will discuss real estate and tax-exempt bond financing, and Carol Hyde will present a Stark Law compliance update. Later in the session, Michael Deyo will discuss common Medicare compliance concerns related to short-stay admissions and observation status, as well as limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses under Executive Order 38. The seminar is open to anyone, but is of special interest to all levels of healthcare compliance and revenue cycle professionals. For more information on HFMA or to register for the seminar, please visit their website.
ICRH Partner to Serve as Moderator/Speaker at Employment Law Seminar
Partner Brian Culnan will serve as the moderator for the “Best Practices in ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation in NY” seminar being held on September 28, 2012, in Latham, NY. Brian will also serve as a speaker on the topic of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Other topics at the seminar will include the an overview of the workers' compensation law and recent changes, the hearing process, appeals and penalties for late payments, SSD/Medicare and Section 32 agreements, and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The seminar will also consider the difficult and confusing interplay of ADA, FMLA and workers' compensation in the workplace. For more information on Lorman or to register for the seminar, please visit the Lorman website.
ICRH in the Community: Our Ability, Inc.
ICRH is proud to be a sponsor of Our Ability, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which mentors people with disabilities by partnering with businesses, universities, and other organizations. Services provided to its clients include human resource consulting, education, mentoring, motivational and/or educational speaking, full-service video production, and helping to find employment opportunities. President and CEO John Robinson is the subject of the public television documentary, "Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story," and his autobiography of the same title was published in 2009. To find out more about Our Ability, please visit the website.
ICRH Partner Appointed to Board of Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency
Partner Joshua E. Mackey was recently appointed to the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency board of directors. The DCRRA is a public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature for the purpose of providing solid waste management services for Dutchess County. For more information visit www.dcrra.org.
ICRH Associate Named President of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Board
Omer Gil, an associate in the firm’s Poughkeepsie office, was named incoming president of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) at the organization’s board meeting on August 9. Omer will serve out the reminder of his term as vice president on the RTDC board, a position he has held since September 2011. His new role becomes effective on September 1, 2012. RTDC is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. The mission of RTDC is to further the work of Rebuilding Together by assuring that low-income homeowners in Dutchess County – particularly those who are elderly, have disabilities, or have school-aged children – live in warmth, safety and independence. The organization’s goal is to partner with the communities it serves to make a sustainable impact on the houses of those assisted at no cost to those helped. For more information on RTDC, please click here to visit the website.
ICRH Summer Associate Publishes Article
Edward Ohanian, a first-year law student at Albany Law School, joined ICRH as a summer associate in May of this year. With Marist Professor Matthew Glomski, Ohanian recently co-authored an article entitled, “Eradicating a Disease: Lessons from Mathematical Epidemiology,” which has been published in the Mathematical Association of America’s The College Mathematics Journal. According to Ohanian, mathematical models were used “to assess the efficacy of various control strategies used to combat viral infectious diseases. In particular, we discuss disease eradication and why smallpox is, so far, the only human infectious disease to be eliminated world-wide.”
Ohanian is a native of Latham, New York, and graduated from Marist College. As a summer associate with ICRH, he has worked on assignments in a variety of practice areas, including corporate, litigation, health care, and employment.
ICRH Associates Invited to Join Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Frank Izzo and Omer Gil, associates in the firm’s Poughkeepsie office, recently joined the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Membership in CLM is by invitation only, based on nominations from CLM Fellows. Frank practices in the areas of insurance fraud law, civil and municipal litigation, commercial and residential contracts, contractual labor law disputes, and traffic and criminal offenses. Omer practices in the areas of insurance fraud law and general litigation.
CLM promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management, and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s members and fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third-party vendors. For additional information on CLM, please visit the website http://www.theclm.org/.
ICRH Partner Participates in Cary Institute’s Eco-Discovery Day
Partner Joshua Mackey and his family participated in the Cary Institute for Ecosystems Studies Eco-Discovery Day on May 20, 2012, in Millbrook, NY. This annual event allows visitors to discover and experience the natural environment interactively by walking the campus grounds with staff, collecting data, and conducting scientific experiments. The Cary Institute was founded in 1983 by the eminent ecologist Dr. Gene E. Likens and has become a world-renowned leader in applying the ecosystem approach to some of society's most critical environmental issues, such as freshwater resources, air quality, and tick-borne diseases. For more information on the Cary Institute for Ecosystems Studies visit www.caryinstitute.org.
ICRH Partner Attends Dutchess Land Conservancy Event
Partner Joshua Mackey attended the Town Board Breakfast at the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) office in Millbrook, NY, on April 30, 2012. The annual event, hosted by the DLC, gathers local politicians, town volunteers, and land use professionals for an informative presentation on current land use issues. This year’s presentation focused on farm land preservation credit programs. The DLC is a private, non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to preserving for present and future generations the scenic, agricultural and environmental resources of Dutchess County, including open spaces, forests, water resources and wildlife habitats. For more information on the DLC visit www.dutchessland.org.
ICRH Partner Attends Community of Excellence Dinner at College of St. Rose
Partner Richard A. Frankel attended the Community of Excellence Dinner held on June 22 at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. The event raised more than $800,000 for the R. Mark Sullivan Institute for Leadership in Higher Education, which will be established for those in management or leadership at colleges and universities around the world. Mr. Frankel sits of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for the College.
ICRH Partner Attends Annual Conference of Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Partner Joshua Mackey attended the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference from March 27-30 in San Diego, CA. The event provides continuing education and networking for the nation’s top claims professionals, attorneys, and experts in a variety of industries. Josh also serves as a chairman of CLM’s New York State Chapter. CLM is a non-partisan alliance of professionals representing corporations, insurance companies, law firms, and service providers committed to furthering the highest standards of claims and litigation management. For more information on CLM visit www.theclm.org.
ICRH Associate Attends Annual Meeting of Defense Research Institute Young Lawyers
Frank Izzo, an associate in the firm’s Poughkeepsie office, attended the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Young Lawyers’ annual meeting held June 13-15 in Miami Beach, FL. The program consisted of a variety of continuing legal education classes focused on defense litigation. Frank also volunteered to participate in a public works project feeding disadvantaged citizens of South Florida, which was organized by the Young Lawyers’ Committee. DRI is an international organization of attorneys working to defend the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. Frank is a member of DRI’s Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee and the Young Lawyers’ Committee. For more information on DRI, please visit www.dri.org.