Frier Levitt adds two partner names to firm’s roster

Pine Brook-based national boutique health care law firm Frier Levitt LLC on Monday said two new partners have been added to the firm effective Jan. 1.

Jason Silberberg of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation Group has been elevated, while Charles Newman from Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. has come on board with the firm’s Health Care Department.

Newman has more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of transactional matters, with a focus on the health care industry. He represents a diverse group of health care clients, including management services organizations, health systems, medical groups, ambulatory surgical centers and other provider entities in strategic, regulatory and transactional matters.

“Charlie combines his legal experience with a keen understanding of clients’ businesses and objectives,” said Daniel Frier, co-founder of Frier Levitt and chairman of the firm’s Health Care Department. “He will be instrumental to the continued growth of our Health Care Department. We are thrilled to have him join our firm.”

Charles Newman. (Frier Levitt)
Jason Silberberg. (Frier Levitt)

Newman regularly advises health care clients on purchases and sales of practices, including those involving private equity, large networks and hospitals; mergers & acquisitions; joint ventures and affiliations; corporate governance; employment contracts; shareholder agreements and operating agreements; managed care contracting; medical billing and practice management agreements; and real estate. He also advises clients on complex legal and regulatory compliance issues, such as ACA, Stark and corresponding state self-referral laws, federal and state anti-kickback laws and HIPAA.

Silberberg, along with co-founding Partner Jonathan Levitt, co-chairs the firm’s Value-Based Care Litigation group, which seeks to expand dispute resolution services for health care entities needing creative solutions to ongoing value-based care-related conflicts with payors, vendors and others.

“As health care continues its rapid transition from the traditional fee-for-service model to newer value-based care models, such legal services have become increasingly critical for the success of providers in all sectors. We look forward to Jason’s leadership in this space,” Frier said.

Silberberg’s experience complements the depth and breadth of Frier Levitt’s services with his wide range of experience in health care and life sciences litigation and regulatory matters affecting clients across the industry.

“Jason has a unique skill set that includes knowledge of Medicare Advantage risk adjustment coding and regulation, health care risk sharing arrangements and a broad depth of knowledge and experience that allows him to deliver strategic and creative business solutions in support of our clients’ sophisticated needs,” Levitt said.

While Silberberg represents a diverse array of clients in health care matters, his practice focuses on helping clients in the value-based care space with strategic litigation and pre-litigation-based solutions to commercial disputes. Silberberg counsels Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, clinically integrated networks, health care data analytics vendors and health systems in resolving conflicts with payers, including Medicare Advantage Organizations and Managed Medicaid plans. Silberberg also regularly represents clients in False Claims Act matters and provider-agency disputes under state and federal Administrative Procedure Acts.

Prior to joining Frier Levitt as an associate in 2014, Silberberg worked for several years as a deputy attorney general in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Banking & Insurance Section, where he civilly prosecuted health care providers, insurance producers and insurance carriers for violations of the state Fraud and Producer Acts. He also authored several amicus curiae briefs on novel questions of law concerning the interpretation of health care and insurance-related statutes.