Sherrin is the President of O’Connell & Aronowitz, in Albany, New York. In his national health law practice, he has represented clinical laboratories throughout the country for approximately 35 years. His representation includes litigation and administrative proceedings against the federal and state governments and commercial payors on behalf of laboratories and other providers, handling fraud and abuse, false claims and overpayment claims, investigations and audits. He actively represents providers in all types of regulatory compliance matters, particularly with federal Antikickback Statute and Stark law, and their state law counterparts. Jeffrey also guides clients through the labyrinth of laws affecting their business transactions.
He practices in all federal and state courts, and has successfully represented health care clients in two appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and serves as general counsel to many providers and their trade associations.
Sherrin obtained a $15.4 million jury verdict for an individual plaintiff in a sexual harassment trial. He also recovered $18 million and $5 million from the State of New York for excessive license fees, in two separate lawsuits representing groups of clinical laboratories, and over $8 million for an individual clinical laboratory from a major health insurance company for wrongful denial of claims. He has also defended laboratories in federal qui tam actions.
Gee has 25 years of experience advising clinical and molecular diagnostic laboratories nationwide, including 12 years of experience as in-house counsel for three of the nation’s largest clinical labs. Gee’s responsibilities include counseling labs and other healthcare clients on a wide range of matters, including compliance with fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, HIPAA compliance and preparedness, CLIA certification and compliance, business operations and transactions, corporate governance, managed care contracting, patient rights, and quality assurance.
Graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he was articles editor of the Law review and a member of the Order of the Coif, Gee formerly served as a law clerk for Associate Chief Justice I. Daniel Stewart of the Utah Supreme Court. He is a member of the Washington and California Bar Associations. He regularly speaks and writes on legal and regulatory issues facing the clinical laboratory industry.
Gee has advised many laboratory clients concerning the FDA’s evolving stance on regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs), including the FDA’s most recent Draft Guidance and Framework for Regulatory Oversight, and how these proposed new requirements will likely affect their laboratory operations.
Cooper is the Manager of McDonald Hopkins’ National Healthcare Practice Group and is co-chair of its Healthcare Restructuring Practice Group. Cooper served on the firm’s Board of Directors from 1992-2012. He focuses his national practice in healthcare law, representing clients in transactional, restructuring, corporate compliance, regulatory, licensure, reimbursement, contractual, strategic planning, and venture matters. Practice group clients include private practice and academic physician groups, physician networks, laboratories, healthcare associations and societies, multi-specialty clinics, medical staﬀs, imaging centers, surgery centers, outpatient medical facilities, home health providers, hospitals and health systems (including tax-exempt and investor owned hospitals, critical access to large systems and academic medical centers), mental health/substance abuse facilities, occupational medicine companies, healthcare technology companies, healthcare billing and management companies, and healthcare funds.
Cooper has a national practice in the representation of laboratories and pathology groups. McDonald Hopkins represents in excess of 500 pathology groups and several hundred laboratories, including anatomic, clinical, molecular/genetic, toxicology, and specialty laboratories. He’s a frequent speaker on laboratory and pathology issues at state and national conferences and is a frequent contributor to laboratory and pathology publications. Cooper has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Health Law for 23 consecutive years and was named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio in 2015. He has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers from 2005–2014.