Sills Cummis ExpandsHealth, Employment Practices In NYC

Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 01:00

Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross P.C., counsel to New Jersey and New York's premier hospital systems, is gearing up to better serve its expanding list of health care clients. The firm has announced the growth of its New York Offices at 399 Park Avenue with the expansion of its Health Care and Labor & Employment Groups and the arrival of an experienced team of attorneys.

The new team led by James S. Frank, includes B. Michael Thrope, David E. Prager and Steven M. Post, all formerly partners at Phillips Nizer in New York. They have joined the firm as members, effective June 1.

Steven E. Gross, Sills' managing partner, said: "The aging of America is one of the most urgent issues of the twenty-first century and has literally caused a burgeoning in the health care industry. For years, our health care practice has been representing the major pharmaceutical and medical device companies throughout the United States in areas such as product liability defense, mergers & acquisitions and licensing. In addition, we have been proactively working with major hospital systems providing a wide array of services."

Mr. Frank joins the Health Care Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Practice Group. His experience, which includes being recognized as having one of the nation's premier labor practices, includes the representation of hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' professional practice organizations, home health care agencies and other practitioners in the health care field before state and federal regulatory agencies, and in state and federal courts.

Mr. Thrope joins the Labor and Employment Practice Group and brings with him almost 35 years' experience practicing management-side labor relations.

Mr. Prager has focused on representing management in all aspects of employment relations in both union and union-free circumstances.

Mr. Posthas concentrated his practice in the field of labor and employment law and has represented management in such industries as apparel (wholesale and retail), health care, fuel services, waste management, financial services, household products, technology, amusements and building services.