Supervised workers compensation and employee health departments. Evaluated and managed all workers compensation claims, developed program to reduce costs of workers’ compensation claims through direction of outside counsel defense costs. Assisted Risk Manager and Human Resources Director with legal issues.
Medical Malpractice Consultant, 1999 – 2000
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Independent contractor reviewing medical malpractice and other serious personal injury matters.
Attorney, 1994 – 1999
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, P.C.
Medical malpractice litigation, workers’ compensation matters. Assisted State Liaison Counsel, in class action silicone breast implant litigation. Trial preparation for State and Federal Matters.
Attorney, 1991 – 1994
Brayton & Mengacci, P.C.
Medical malpractice defense litigation for Waterbury Hospital. General practice, personal injury, wrongful death & workers’ compensation. Trial preparation for all litigation matters.
Attorney, 1987 – 1988
Gallagher & Calistro, P.C.
New Haven, CT
General Personal injury litigation and Trial preparation.
Staff Nurse, 1977 – 1985
Yale – New Haven Hospital
Worked on various units, including coronary intensive care and emergency department while pursuing bachelor’s degree in nursing and crisis intervention work. After starting law school, worked nights during the summers in the Intensive Care unit while clerking at the State’s Attorney’s office.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Executive Board Member – Gratitude House 2013- present
Advocacy Committee Member – FARR Florida Association of Recovery Residences
Pro bono Counsel - Legal Aid Palm Beach County- 2003 - present
Counselor/Attorney, January 1980 – July 1999
New Haven Rape Crisis Program – As a counselor provided crisis intervention services to survivors of sexual assault. As an attorney, conducted bi-annual training to new counselors with respect to legal issues. Supervised volunteer rape crisis counselors. Represented sexual assault victims in criminal proceedings. Performed seminars for local police departments, universities and high schools.
President of the Greater Waterbury Chapter of Soroptimist International, 1994
Arnold Markle Award Recipient, 1991
Awarded by the State’s Attorney Office for the Judicial District of New Haven, CT and New Haven Rape Crisis Program in recognition for work with survivors of sexual assault.
The National Crime Victim Bar Association, Anaheim, California September 9, 2015
“The Dark Side of Substance Abuse Treatment: credibility issues when addicts become victims” National Business Institute Seminars - West Palm Beach; FL 2007 -2015
Abusive Situations, chapter published, Fence Creek Publishers, Quick Look Series, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Nursing – 2001
Refusal of Treatment, chapter published, Fence Creek Publishers, Quick Look Series, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Nursing – 2001
Analyzing Medical Records for the Florida Paralegal, Institute for Paralegal Education, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL – 2002 – 2009
Legal Issues in Oncology Nursing, Association of Community Cancer Centers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. - March 25, 1999
Analyzing Medical Records for the Paralegal, Institute for Paralegal Education, Inc., New Haven, CT – 1991 & 1998
Nursing Law in Connecticut, Institute for Paralegal Education, Inc., New Haven, Hartford, CT – July 9, 1998, April 17, 1997 & April 18, 1997
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: American Association of Justice