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Honigman attorneys Ross and Pate educate health care executives about legal implications of social media

June 16, 2010

Linda S. Ross, a Partner and Chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman), and Mary L. Pate, a Litigation attorney in the firm’s Kalamazoo office, recently led a Webinar entitled "Social Networking: Legal Implications Health Care Providers Need to Understand.” The Webinar was held by the Health Foundation of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association to assist industry executives understand the healthcare and employment law pitfalls to avoid when developing the role of social media within their organizations.

In her practice, Ross represents hospitals, physicians and other health care systems and providers regarding affiliations, acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations and joint ventures. She also advises health care providers about compliance matters, including the Stark Law, Anti-kickback Statute, self-disclosures to the Office of Inspector General, and laws and regulations affecting tax-exempt entities.

Ross has been named in Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2010 and Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2010, as well as one of its top 50 women from 2007 to 2009. She was recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness in 2010 and is rated Peer Review AV® by Martindale-Hubbell.

She earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Ross received a M.S. in Dental Public Health from Boston University and a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan.

Mary L. Pate represents clients in general and labor and employment litigation. In addition, she advises employers regarding employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower claims, employment policies, manuals and contracts, and wage and hour laws. Pate represents employers before agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

She earned a J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the University of Alaska and a B.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.