On June 23, Wilentz Shareholder Michael Schaff was presented with the 2018 David J. Greenburg Service Award by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who has “made significant contributions to the growth and life of AHLA” throughout his or her career. With nearly 14,000 members, the AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field.
A longtime active member and current Fellow, Mr. Schaff has served the AHLA in numerous leadership positions, including as a member of its Board of Directors, Executive and Finance Committees and as the Chair of the AHLA Physician Organizations Practice Group. Mr. Schaff also led the team planning for the AHLA’s Physicians and Hospital Law Institute held in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and chaired the program committee for AHLA Fundamentals held in 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Schaff is chair of the Corporate and Health Law groups, co-chair of the Cannabis Law group and a member of the management committee at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Mr. Schaff has a long history of success representing healthcare professionals and group practices, hospitals, ambulatory surgical center, healthcare facilities, clinically integrated networks and other health care entities in all aspects of their businesses. For more than 30 years, he has made it his professional mission to provide his clients with the most comprehensive and well-heeled advice in the dynamic and complex world of healthcare law.
Nationally recognized as an authority in the area of healthcare law, Mr. Schaff is a prolific author and educator, whose work has educated and influenced healthcare professionals and lawyers. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), serves on the Advisory Board of Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, and serves on the Legal and Business Advisory Board of Bloomberg Law Health. Mr. Schaff is a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and serves as Emeritus Director on the Association’s Health Law Section. He previously served as the Section’s Director from 1996-2017 and as Chair from 2016-2017.
The David J. Greenburg Service Award was named after David J. Greenburg, who was the founder of both the Academy of American Healthcare Attorneys (1967) and the National Health Lawyers Association (1971), the organizations that came together to form AHLA. Mr. Greenburg was interested in creating a specialty of health law, and he worked tirelessly to create a collegial community of professionals helping each other and the public.