Mark Ustin

Mark Ustin is a regulatory lawyer and lobbyist with extensive experience assisting healthcare entities in navigating the complicated statutory, regulatory and policy landscape surrounding healthcare delivery and payment.  He has represented a broad array of healthcare clients across the country, including academic medical centers, community hospitals, critical access hospitals, federally qualified health centers, physician practices, nursing homes, assisted living providers, home health agencies, behavioral health providers, developmental disability service providers, managed care organizations and pharmaceutical and other life science companies.

Mark earned his J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Fordham University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and admitted to practice in New York.

Kevin P. Mulry is a commercial litigation partner who also works with our healthcare practice group. Kevin has extensive trial and litigation experience in all areas of civil litigation, and previously served as Principal Deputy Chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  He supervised the District’s False Claims Act practice, including health care fraud, and coordinated the national investigation of pharmaceutical health care fraud cases, including allegations of off-label marketing, kickbacks, and improper billing.  Kevin has represented clients in federal and state investigations involving allegations of health care fraud and improper billing.

Kevin earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from St. John’s University.  He is admitted to practice in New York, to the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Vanessa BongiornoVanessa Bongiorno is a non-attorney professional who represents clients before the Executive and Legislative branches of New York State government, primarily in the areas of healthcare, mental health, insurance, human services, professional licensure, higher education and public safety. She has assisted in the creation and development of key legislative initiatives, political strategies, issue-based coalitions and grassroots advocacy campaigns to advance client interests, and has extensive experience in the legislative and budgetary analysis as well as policy advocacy. She is known and respected by policymakers throughout New York State, and brings her deep knowledge of state government to bear for clients to ensure they are aware of policy trends impacting their business, and that their issues receive the attention they deserve from key decision makers.

Vanessa received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the State University of Albany.

Martin G. Bunin has extensive experience in the representation of unsecured creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases filed by hospitals and health care institutions.  In 2014, The M&A Advisor named his representation of the unsecured creditors’ committee in a sale of a hospital’s assets as the “Restructuring Deal of the Year (between $10MM and $100MM).”

Marty earned his J. D. from New York University School of Law and his B. A. from Wesleyan University.

Veronique UrbanVeronique Urban is a bankruptcy & creditors’ rights associate who also works with our healthcare practice group.  She assists on transactional and regulatory matters in the representation of individual health care providers, physicians’ groups and hospitals.

Veronique earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and International Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from James Madison University.  She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Dannielle Melendez joined Farrell Fritz in March 2020 with experience in legislative analysis and research, as well as a thorough understanding of the legislative and budget processes. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, Dannielle worked for a NYS trade association in their Government Affairs department providing bill analysis, grassroots advocacy, and was an integral member of her executive staff’s policy team. Her work has given her experience with a wide array of issue areas.

Dannielle received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The College of Saint Rose and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Le Moyne College.