Michael J. Cherniga: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Michael J. Cherniga

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Health & FDA Business Practice
Tallahassee,  FL  U.S.A.

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  • Health & FDA Business
    Contact InfoTelephone: 850.425.8505
    Fax: 850.681.0207
    University Florida State University, B.S., 1978
    Law SchoolFlorida State University College of Law, J.D., 1981
    Admitted1981, Florida

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Member, American Bar Association
    •Member, American Health Lawyers Association
    •Member, Florida Bar, Administrative and Health Law Sections

    BornHartford, Connecticut, December 23, 1955

    Michael J. Cherniga is Co-Chair of the firm's Health & FDA Business Practice. On a regional and national basis, Mike's practice involves representation of a diverse client base consisting of health care organizations (and clients which support the business of health care), both for-profit and not-for-profit. He also has substantial experience serving health care professionals and allied health care personnel who serve or support those organizations.

    The types of clients involved in the business of health care and served by Mike include: acute care and specialty hospitals; diagnostic imaging facilities; skilled nursing facilities; assisted living facilities; sub-acute and other specialty providers; individual practitioners; group practices; clinics; provider networks; managed care organizations; indemnity insurers; employer and provider trade organizations; clinical laboratories; and biotech companies.

    Mike has a practical understanding of the health care industry necessary to assist clients in developing proactive responses to a rapidly changing market place. In that regard, his practice involves a wide range of health care services related to numerous areas: accreditation; business structures and restructuring; business transactions/contracts; compliance programs/compliance investigations/surveys; fraud and abuse (including a special emphasis on federal and state self-referral (e.g. Stark) and anti-kickback laws); health information technology; licensure and certification; litigation and litigation support (administrative and civil); Medicare, Medicaid, and other governmental third party payor reimbursement; mergers and acquisitions; privacy issues; professional licensure discipline, counseling and defense; regulatory due diligence for transaction support; regulatory compliance, counseling and defense; research and education; state and Federal governmental legislative/regulatory representation; surveys and survey enforcement defense; and telemedicine and electronic health information.

    Aside from his work on behalf of health care clients, Mike also represents other types of business interests on regulatory matters, with a particular focus on administrative litigation. In this work, he appears before numerous State and Federal agencies, and he is often called upon to handle the resolution of unique, diverse, regulatory problems.

    Michael has served on special Florida Bar and Florida legislative task forces regarding statutes and rules related to Florida's Administrative Procedures Act, and in 1999, he served as an Adjunct Professor teaching health care law at the Florida State University College of Law.

    Areas of Concentration

    •Health care facilities and organizations (as well as clients which support the business of health care)
    •Transactional and regulatory matters
    •Health care insurance industry
    •Employee health benefit regulatory issues
    •Health care law and health care operational issues which arise in civil litigation
    •Administrative law and regulatory matters, including administrative litigation before regulatory agencies

    Awards & Recognition

    •Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice, Health Care Law, 2006-2016
    •Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2009-2015
    •Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Healthcare - Health Insurers, 2015
    •Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2009, 2011-2013
    •Listed, Florida Trend magazine Legal Elite, 2004
    •Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

    AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    08.25.15 10 Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
    08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
    06.09.15 18 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
    06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
    05.27.15 Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Shareholders Barry Richard and Michael J. Cherniga Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
    05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
    05.22.15 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
    08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
    08.19.14 9 Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
    05.29.14 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide


    11.05.15 Health & FDA Business Bulletin No.2
    09.17.15 HHS New Litigation Group Focuses on Civil Monetary Penalties, Exclusions
    04.04.13 Stark Law Violations Costly To Intermountain Health Care Inc.
    04.04.11 Accountable Care Organization (ACO) - The Real Journey Begins

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures

    Mike regularly speaks at health care seminars and has authored articles on the practice of administrative law, including:
    • Lessons From Intermountain's Stark Law Settlement, Law360, April 11, 2013


    Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com

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    HHS New Litigation Group Focuses on Civil Monetary Penalties, Exclusions
    Michael J. Cherniga,Thad Houston,Carolyn McNiven, September 24, 2015
    On June 30th, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the creation of a new group of up to 10 attorneys entirely focused on seeking Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) and the exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid of health care...

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    Michael J. Cherniga

    101 East College Avenue
    TallahasseeFL 32301


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