Great Neck-based health care law firm Garfunkel Wild has hired three former top-ranking attorneys with the state Department of Health to head its new Albany office.
The three new partners -- James E. Dering, Sandra M. Jensen and Michael M. Stone -- opened the Albany office this month, the firm announced last week.
Dering served for nearly five years as general counsel of the state Department of Health, providing legal advice on public health threats such as superstorm Sandy, the Ebola scare and synthetic marijuana. He also helped implement the state's medical marijuana program and its legalization of same-sex marriage. Previously, he led the state attorney general's health care bureau, where he helped reach a nearly $100 million settlement over reimbursement for out-of-network care.
Jensen worked as acting director of the state health agency's bureau of house counsel, which provides guidance on a wide range of health care matters, among other roles in her nearly 14 years in the department.
Stone was an assistant counsel with the agency for more than 10 years, specializing in adult care facilities, home care agencies and licensing of hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.
The three new partners will assist clients with everything from consolidations of physician practices and health care institutions to construction contracts for organizations that are expanding, as well as providing guidance on the Affordable Care Act, federal privacy laws and many other legal matters, the 35-year-old firm's founding partner and chairman Robert Wild said.
"They have the talent we want and need," Wild said.