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Remembering James Doherty Sr 

 It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of James Doherty Sr.  Jim was the founding President of the National Health Lawyers Association from 1976 – 1979 and was involved in the Association from the very beginning.  His excellent work on the original Federal HMO Act provided a foundation to the modern managed care industry that we have today.  Jim was an early leader and visionary for the Association and will be missed. 

We will be publishing a tribute to Jim in the February issue of Connections Magazine and we encourage you to send in testimonials to Ana Greene at agreene@healthlawyes.org.   

Remembering Art Bernstein 

 On August 25, 2018, we lost an AHLA family member; we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend Art Bernstein.

Our staff published a tribute to Art in the November issue of AHLA Connections magazine and we also received the following tribute Dennis Purtell:

A Salute to Art Bernstein 

"In reflecting upon the death of Art Bernstein, I believe it is worth noting that in many respects, Art was A Founder of the AHLA, if not perhaps, The Founder.  One has to climb back to the beginnings of the AHLA to perhaps be able to come to this conclusion. 

The AHLA began as a “Society” of the American Hospital Association. The AHA had in the 1960s, a variety of Societies, or sub-groups of components of hospitals whose members desired the opportunity of gather with professional peers to share knowledge of their activities.  Only as a reference, I had the challenge of presenting a session on the Legal Aspects of Central Supply to the AHA Central Supply Society in Chicago in 1971.  (Should anyone really need a copy of the outline, I believe I still have it!)  In the 1960s, Art was the AHA General Counsel, and participated in and facilitated a series of periodic Legal Workshops for attorneys and Hospital Administrators.  The attorneys in attendance soon came to desire a counterpart Society of Hospital Attorneys of the AHA.  Dr. Edwin Crosby, then the Director of the AHA with no deep love for attorneys, needed major convincing that such was a good idea.  Art, along with Jim Ludlam and several other hospital attorneys, convinced Dr. Crosby that it was an idea worth pursuing.  Thus, in 1967 the ASHA came into being.
Art also knew and worked with Dave Greenburg, who resided in DC and was the staff member for the AHA. David was designated as the first AHA staff representative for the ASHA.  Art shared with me recently that David was heavily pressured by the AHA to relocate to the AHA Central headquarters in Chicago but was hesitant to do so due both because of a liking of DC and a genuine concern about the winter weather in Chicago due to his difficulties in walking the streets.  David’s reluctance led to the Board of the ASHA discontinuing the relationships with David and the appointment of a Chicago based staff representative succeeding him.  The rest is history as we know, for David left the AHA, stayed in DC and eventually started the National Health Lawyers Association.  I believe that Art retained a professional and personal friendship with David for decades. 

Art continued a strong professional interest in the ASHA and was a diligent and remarkable teacher and presenter at numerous programs of the ASHA (and eventually, the AAHA, etc.)  He also served as a President of the organization and contributed to its growth and success even after leaving the AHA.  He had a disarming gentleness as well as a marvelous sense of humor and patience.  He always commenced a reconnecting at Annual Meetings with a sincere question of ‘how are you doing” which was not a mere conversation formality.  Past Presidents of the AHLA have maintained an unusual bond among themselves, and I firmly believe that Art was instrumental in creating and facilitating that bond. 

As mentioned, as I do really believe he was in many respects, The Founder of the organizations, he will be missed."  

And, take a moment to re-read Art's Q&A from our Past Presidents Memory Book and his interview from the 50th Annivserary History Project. 

Past Presidents of AHLA and Predecessor Organizations

  • AHLA = American Health Lawyers Association
  • NHLA = National Health Lawyers Association (1976-1997)
  • AAHA = American Academy of Hospital Attorneys (1968-1997)
  • *denotes deceased  

Past Presidents

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Eric  Zimmerman
President
2017 - 2018
Partner McDermott Will & Emery LLP Washington, DC 20001-1531 Email
Image of CharleneL.McGinty
President
2016 - 2017
Partner BakerHostetler Atlanta, GA 30309-7676 Email
Image of LoisDehlsCornell
Lois Dehls Cornell
President
2015 - 2016
Executive Vice President Massachusetts Medical Society Waltham, MA 02451-1411 Email
Image of PeterA.Pavarini
President
2014 - 2015
Senior Partner Squire Patton Boggs Powell, OH 43065-5178 Email
Image of KristenB.Rosati
Kristen B. Rosati
President
2013 - 2014
Partner Coppersmith Brockelman PLC Phoenix, AZ 85004-1241 Email
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Dinetia M. Newman
President
2012 - 2013
Attorney, Senior Counsel Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Jackson, MS 39201-2140 Email
Image of GeraldM.Griffith
Gerald M. Griffith
President
2011 - 2012
Partner Jones Day Chicago, IL 60601-1692 Email
Image of RichardL.Shackelford
Richard L. Shackelford
President
2010 - 2011
Retired Partner King & Spalding Atlanta, GA 30309-3561 Email
Image of ElizabethB.Carder-Thompson
Elizabeth B. Carder-Thompson
President
2009 - 2010
Partner Reed Smith LLP Washington, DC 20005-3373 Email
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Joel M. Hamme
President
2008 - 2009
Retired Joel Hamme, Esq. Falls Church, VA 22046-2800 Email
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Elisabeth  Belmont
President
2007 - 2008
Corporate Counsel MaineHealth Portland, ME 04101-3576 Email
Image of AntheaR.Daniels
Anthea R. Daniels
President
2006 - 2007
Vice President and General Counsel Akron Children's Hospital Akron, OH 44308-1062 Email
Image of S.AllanAdelman
S. Allan Adelman
President
2005 - 2006
Shareholder Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC Annapolis, MD 21401-1472 Email
Image of RichardG.Cowart
Richard G. Cowart
President
2004 - 2005
Chair, Health Law/Government Relations & Public Policy Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC Nashville, TN 37201-1817 Email
Image of AlmetaE.Cooper
Almeta E. Cooper
President
2003 - 2004
Atlanta, GA 30302-4575 Email
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James  Roosevelt
President
2002 - 2003
Counsel Verrill Dana LLP Boston, MA 02108-4419 Email
Image of DouglasA.Hastings
Douglas A. Hastings
President
2001 - 2002
Chair Emeritus, Epstein Becker Green Epstein Becker & Green PC Washington, DC 20037-1175 Email
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Beth J. Schermer
President
2000 - 2001
Principal Christofolo Schermer Consulting Phoenix, AZ 85013-2385 Email
Image of MichaelF.Anthony
Michael F. Anthony
President
1999 - 2000
Counsel McDermott Will & Emery LLP La Quinta, CA 92253-8228 Email
Image of GlenA.Reed
Glen A. Reed
President
1998 - 1999
Partner King & Spalding LLP Atlanta, GA 30309-7525 Email
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Nancy A. Wynstra*
President
1997 - 1998
Pittsburgh, PA
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Eugene  Tillman
President
1996 - 1997
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5411 Email
Image of GaryW.Eiland
Gary W. Eiland
President
1996 - 1997
Partner King & Spalding LLP Houston, TX 77002-5213 Email
Image of RobertL.Johnson
Robert L. Johnson
President
1995 - 1996
Attorney Robert L Johnson Attorney At Law Hillsborough, CA 94010-6344 Email
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James L. Hall*
President
1995 - 1996
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Phillip A. Proger
President
1994 - 1995
Jones Day Washington, DC 20001-2105 Email
Image of BrentL.Henry
Brent L. Henry
President
1994 - 1995
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC Boston, MA 02111-2657 Email
Image of DouglasM.Mancino
Douglas M. Mancino
President
1993 - 1994
Partner Seyfarth Shaw LLP Los Angeles, CA 90067-3063 Email
Image of SanfordV.Teplitzky
Sanford V. Teplitzky
President
1993 - 1994
Shareholder Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC Baltimore, MD 21202-1153 Email
Image of AliceG.Gosfield
Alice G. Gosfield
President
1992 - 1993
Principal Alice G Gosfield & Associates PC Philadelphia, PA 19103-6406 Email
Image of VirginiaH.Hackney
Virginia H. Hackney
President
1992 - 1993
Partner Hunton & Williams LLP Richmond, VA 23219-4040 Email
Image of AlexM.Clarke
Alex M. Clarke
President
1991 - 1992
Partner Baird Holm LLP Omaha, NE 68102-2068 Email
Image of AlanS.Goldberg
Alan S. Goldberg
President
1991 - 1992
Attorney & Counsellor At Law Bethesda, MD 20814-3190 Email
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Galen D. Powers*
President
1990 - 1991
Chambersburg, PA
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Thomas M. Collins
President
1990 - 1991
Pasadena, CA 91101-2126 Email
Image of DonnaD.Fraiche
Donna D. Fraiche
President
1989 - 1990
Senior Counsel Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1817 Email
Image of ThomasC.Shields
Thomas C. Shields
President
1989 - 1990
Partner (retired) K&L Gates LLP Elmhurst, IL 60126-5172 Email
Image of MichaelD.Bromberg
Michael D. Bromberg
President
1988 - 1989
Chairman Capitol Health Group LLC Washington, DC
Image of RobertW.Miller
Robert W. Miller
President
1988 - 1989
Director Atlanta, GA 30309-1513 Email
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Charles J. Steele
President
1987 - 1988
Retired Washington, DC 20007-2751 Email
Image of LeeVoorhees
Lee  Voorhees
President
1987 - 1988
Attorney Mercer Island, WA 98040-4650 Email
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Robert S. Bromberg*
President
1986 - 1987
Attorney Robert S Bromberg Esq Cincinnati, OH
Image of J.D.Epstein
J.D.  Epstein
President
1986 - 1987
Partner Greer Herz & Adams LLP Galveston, TX 77550-7998 Email
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J. Kay Felt
President
1985 - 1986
Retired Dearborn, MI 48126-4690 Email
Image of LeonardC.Homer
Leonard C. Homer
President
1985 - 1986
Senior Counsel Baltimore, MD 21230-3915 Email
Image of ThomasC.Fox
Thomas C. Fox
President
1984 - 1985
Counsel Mr. McLean, VA 22101-5809 Email
Image of EdgarA.Zingman
Edgar A. Zingman
President
1984 - 1985
Attorney , Email
Image of AlanDavidBloom
Alan David Bloom
President
1983 - 1984
Consultant Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-7213 Email
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Larry V. McLeod*
President
1983 - 1984
Attorney McLeod Benton Begnaud Et Al Athens, GA
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Michael J. Tichon*
President
1982 - 1983
Executive Vice President HealthSmart Corp Newport Beach, CA
Image of StephenM.Blaes
Stephen M. Blaes
President
1982 - 1983
Attorney Stephen M Blaes Attorney At Law Chesterfield, MO 63017-2246 Email
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John B. Devine*
President
1981 - 1982
Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC Ann Arbor, MI
Image of JosephA.Murphy
Joseph A. Murphy
President
1981 - 1982
Birmingham, MI 48009-3619 Email
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Jamie H. Clements*
President
1980 - 1981
General Counsel Temple, TX
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Arthur H. Bernstein*
President
1980 - 1981
Piedmont, CA
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Edmund D. McEachen*
President
1979 - 1980
Attorney Omaha, NE
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Charles E. Westcott*
President
1979 - 1980
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Ross E. Stromberg
President
1978 - 1979
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Healdsburg, CA 95448-9790 Email
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W. Thomas Berriman*
President
1977 - 1978
Mercy Haverford Hospital Havertown, PA
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Edward Earl Hollowell*
President
1976 - 1977
Founding Partner Hollowell Law Offices PA Raleigh, NC
Image of JamesDoherty
James  Doherty
President
1976 - 1977
Chevy Chase, MD
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Jack C. Wood*
President
1974 - 1975
Attorney Houston, TX
Image of DennisJ.Purtell
Dennis J. Purtell
President
1973 - 1974
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC Elm Grove, WI 53122-1328 Email
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Nathan  Hershey*
President
1972 - 1973
Professor of Health Law University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
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James E. Ludlam*
President
1971 - 1972
Attorney Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP Los Angeles, CA
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Jay H. Hedgepeth*
President
1970 - 1971
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Karle E. Holderle*
President
1969 - 1970
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Don A. Bierle*
President
1968 - 1969
Associate General Counsel Avera Health Inc Yankton, SD
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