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Overview

A healthcare attorney and registered nurse, Tamar brings clients a 360-degree view of healthcare regulation.

In addition to counseling clients on complex healthcare regulatory matters, Tamar’s experience includes nursing on medical-surgical and intensive care units at Level 1 trauma centers, coordinating risk management for a pediatric academic medical center and serving on hospital ethics committees. She understands regulation from all perspectives: drafting, implementation and enforcement. Her ability to navigate the alignment of patient care and compliance is unique.

In her healthcare regulatory practice, Tamar works closely with a variety of healthcare entities such as long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Tamar also represents licensed professionals such as physicians and nurses before professional licensing boards. She reviews complex statutes, regulations and policies. Individual clients are then guided on compliance as well as proactively minimizing or eliminating risk. When a claim or deficiency does arise, Tamar sees it as an opportunity to strengthen existing policies and procedures.

Tamar values clients as her colleagues in healthcare work. In turn, they appreciate her day-to-day operational knowledge of the healthcare industry.


Services

Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Association, Leadership Academy, class of 2019-2020
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers’ Division Award of Merit, 2019
  • Missouri Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2018
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Women’s Justice Award, Leaders of Tomorrow, 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • Dean’s List
    • The Order of Barristers
    • CALI Excellence Award-Highest Grade, Arbitration
    • Allen H. Parke Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
    • R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award
    • Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Advocacy
    • Moot Court Top 10 Oral Advocate
    • Board of Advocates, 1L Moot Court Competition Director
    • Elwood L. Thomas American Inns of Court Pupil
    • Healthcare Law & Policy Club, President
  • B.S.N., University of Missouri-Saint Louis
    • Dean’s Honors
    • Pierre Laclede Honors College Student
    • Excellence in College Leadership Award
    • Black Student Nurses’ Association, President

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Mound City Bar Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Missouri Nurses Association
Experience
  • Coordinated risk management for pediatric Level 1 trauma center with provider-based primary and specialty clinics across two states. Instituted compliance education, proactively mitigated risk and conducted internal investigations for unanticipated outcomes.
  • Routinely guided clients on matters of hospital policy revisions, long-term care admission agreements, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement appeals, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
  • Defended hospital and long-term care medical-malpractice lawsuits including drafting dispositive motions, responsive pleadings, discovery responses and developing trial strategy.
  • Successfully represented Missouri board-certified nurse practitioner in licensure disciplinary actions before nursing board.
  • Obtained favorable judgments in guardianship and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) petitions filed on major healthcare system's behalf.
  • Secured favorable judgments in residential care facility's oppositions to multiple residents' appeals contesting discharge before Administrative Hearing Commission.
Outside the Office

Tamar spends her free time with her son and niece. The family enjoys binge-watching Netflix movies and shows, hiking in local parks and dining out for elaborate Sunday brunches.

Community Leadership
  • Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel, volunteer attorney
  • O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Institute