Leslie Howard, Esq. has been a member of the New Jersey and New York bars for over 25 years. She offers large law firm expertise with the personalized attention of a small law firm. Leslie has been recognized by many as a leader in representing medical providers in seeking reimbursements for out-of-network claims. She and her team have established a successful practice that utilizes both medical and legal analysis to challenge payors in the denial or under reimbursement of claims. Her practice has now expanded throughout the United States as medical providers seek out her expertise and knowledge to increase their practice revenue.
Prior to founding Cohen Howard, Ms. Howard was an associate with the New York office of the national law firm Anderson Kill Olick & Oshinksy. She also provides legal assistance to businesses throughout New York and New Jersey. Leslie received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University and graduated from Fordham Law School.
Job Title: Founder, Managing Partner
Matthew Cohen, Esq. has been a member of the Jersey and New York bars for over 25 years. Mr. Cohen provides strategic guidance to the firm and actionable insights related to any changes in regulatory compliance. He is a frequent lecturer at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and currently serves as a Consultar for the New Jersey State Bar Association, advising on proposed or pending legislation.
Mr. Cohen is also the founder of Two Rivers Title, a regional search and title company which operates throughout the New York and New Jersey market. He provides expert testimony in title and real estate litigation. Matthew graduated from Rutgers Law School and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.
Job Title: Founder, Partner
Robin Mack, Esq. has been a member of the New Jersey and New York bars since 1995. She represents medical providers in pursuing reimbursement on insurance claims. Prior to joining Cohen Howard, Robin worked as in-house-counsel to R & R Management Services in New York City where she represented property owners in landlord and tenant and real estate matters. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. in English from SUNY Binghamton.
Job Title: Senior Associate
Rosanne Palumbo, Esq. is a member of the New Jersey and New York bars. She received her J.D. from Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and a B.S. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has over 18 years of legal experience. Prior to joining the firm, she served as General Counsel and HIPAA Compliance Officer for a finance company focused on medical receivable funding.
Job Title: Senior Associate
Jo-Ellen Levy, Esq. represents medical providers in pursuing proper reimbursement for out-of-network claims. She began her career serving as a Law Clerk to New Jersey Senior Appellate Judge, The Hon. Melvin P. Antell. Subsequently, she held the position of associate at Budd Larner specializing in commercial litigation. Jo-Ellen received her J.D. from Rutgers, Camden School of Law and a B.A. from George Washington University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Connecticut Bars.
Job Title: Associate
Kathleen Ryan, Esq. has been a member of the New Jersey Bar since 1990. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. in Communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She worked at the law firm of Reisman and Sharp, which specialized in medical malpractice defense and then as a Claims Supervisor for Zurich American Insurance Company, working on medical malpractice claims. Prior to joining the firm, she spent the last several years working in the area of bankruptcy law.
Job Title: Associate
Daniel C. Nowak, Esq. works tirelessly on behalf of healthcare providers throughout the state of New Jersey, from solo practitioners to hospital systems, to resolve health insurance related disputes. Through this work, Mr. Nowak has recovered millions of dollars for providers through the creation of innovative legal arguments, expert litigation strategies, and relentless persistence.
Mr. Nowak focuses his practice at Cohen Howard on litigating ERISA claims. In addition, Mr. Nowak regularly advises practices on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act (the “NJ Surprise Bill Law”), how practices can maximize profitability while minimizing risk, and negotiating favorable contract terms. Mr. Nowak received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and is a member of the New Jersey Bar.
Job Title: Associate
As Executive Vice President of Operations, Amy Wilkins has led the company through exponential growth in operations since joining the firm. Her strong emphasis on organizational execution has paved the way for the successful processing of thousands of claims on behalf of clients. Her leadership continues to help set the pace for sustained financial growth for the firm. Amy has over 20 years of legal experience, with positions at Clifford Chance in the International Arbitration Department and subsequently Chaffetz Lindsey, LLP.
Job Title: Executive Vice President of Operations
Kelley O’Connor is Director, New Business Development and Marketing, with responsibility for brand management strategy, advertising, marketing, sponsorships, websites and public relations. Prior to joining Cohen Howard, Kelley held the position of Business Manager, Operations for Hackensack Meridian Health where she launched various plans and programs targeting the high risk, chronic disease management patient population. Additionally, Kelley has over 15 years of progressive management and leadership roles with AT&T specializing in strategy, marketing, advertising, and communications. She is a graduate of Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Job Title: Director, New Business Development and Marketing
Rebekah Pezzello has over thirteen years of progressive human resources experience. Prior to joining Cohen Howard, Rebekah worked in the Healthcare, Wine & Spirits and Property Preservation industries. Rebekah’s passion for human resources lies in developing policies and procedures and organizational management to develop a strong foundation for a company and its employees. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Human Resources Management from Georgian Court University and is currently studying for her Senior Professional in Human Resources Management certification.
Job Title: Director, Human Resources
Lori Boden is the HR/Recruiting Manager for Cohen Howard. With over 25 years of experience, she has recruited for various industries such as Health and Wellness, Accounting and Publishing. Her experience is broad based, from on-campus recruiting, call center operations and executive talent to lawyers and physicians. She is a skilled professional with a knack for finding the right talent, building relationships and providing employment opportunities. She also maintains strong employee relations leading company events, recognition and reward programs to maintain a highly motivated and committed team. Lori is a graduate of Boston University.
Job Title: Human Resources Manager