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Paul J. Giancola

Paul Giancola's practice is focused in health care compliance and regulatory matters for health care organizations and physicians, including medical staff matters, HIPAA, Stark, licensing board investigations, fraud and abuse, peer review, risk management, physician employment contracting, joint ventures, practice formation and separation, and litigation (commercial, health, pharmaceutical, and employment). He has extensive trial and mediation experience.


  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980)
    • Executive Editor, Syracuse Law Review
    • Judicial Clerkship Recommendation
  • New York University (Certificate in Physical Therapy, 1975)
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.S., Biology, 1973)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Diploma (June 1984)
  • CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution, Certified Mediator (2003)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of New York
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of New York
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Adjunct Professor
    • Health Care Fraud Investigations & Litigation (2011-present)
    • The Litigation Experience (2011-present)
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Lecturer (2013-present)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Substitute Mentor, The Litigation Experience (Fall 2011)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (1994-present)
  • Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers (1992-present)
    • Board of Directors (2000-present)
    • President (2003-2005)
  • State Bar of Arizona (1987-present)
    • Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (1992-1995)
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation and Health Law Sections
  • Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Associate Editor (1986-1989); Executive Editor (1990-1991); Editor-in-Chief (1991-1993)
  • Trial Lawyers Quarterly, Contributing Editor (1982-1988)
  • Syracuse University College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Scientific Litigation (1985)

Representative Presentations & Publications

  • Updates in Healthcare Reform – An Employee Benefits and Healthcare Provider Perspectives, Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel Arizona Chapter (January 21, 2014)
  • Health Care Reform Expands Physicians’ Liability, Author, AZ Medicine (Fall 2013)
  • Can Accountable Care Organizations Hit the Trifecta: Improve Quality, Reduce Cost, and Increase Physician Compensation?, Author, AZ Medicine (Summer 2013)
  • Breach Notification: The I’m Sorry Rule, Speaker, Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers (June 13, 2013)
  • Healthcare Reform: The Business of Expanding Healthcare Benefits and Adding Coverage for up to 30 Million People, Author, AZ Medicine (Spring 2013)
  • Conflicts of Interest: A Forerunner to Healthcare Fraud, Author, AZ Medicine (Fall 2012)
  • Sawbones Blues: Recent Cases & Trends, Speaker, AZ Orthopaedic Society (June 2012)
  • Social Media Malpractice Anyone?, Author, AZ Medicine (Spring 2012)
  • Defending Drug Charges: Drug Abuse and Malprescribing, Anatomy of a Government Investigation, Speaker, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (February 2012)
  • Controlled Substances Act of 1970, Speaker, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (February 2012)
  • Summary of Fraud and Abuse Statutes & Regulations, Arizona, Co-Author, American Health Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Physician Integration and ACOs - New Dynamics of the Antitrust Law, Author, AZ Medicine (Winter 2011)
  • Doctors in Disguise? Physician Extenders on the Rise, Author, AZ Medicine (Fall 2011)
  • Vampire Blues—Infectious Disease Litigation, Speaker, AZ Infectious Disease Society (October 2011)
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Speaker, Southwest Orthopaedic Trauma Association (September 2011)
  • How to Avoid Becoming a "Pot Doc": Physicians are the Gatekeepers for Medical Marijuana Use, Author, AZ Medicine (Summer 2011)
  • Frequent Seminar Speaker and author of health care articles
    • Recent presentations include fraud and abuse, HIPAA, healthcare reform, Arizona medical marijuana law, physician extenders, infectious disease litigation, ED on-call obligations for specialists
  • Guest Lecturer in Health Law at Arizona State University, Graduate Business School (2002-2003)
  • Physicians and Physician Organizations Law Institute, Presenter, American Health Lawyers (2002, 2004)

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law (2007-2014)
  • Top Rated Lawyers®, Health Care Law, Corporate Counsel magazine (2012)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Health Care (2007-2014)
  • Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
  • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Alternative Dispute Resolution (2010-2011)
  • Arizona's Top Lawyers, AzBusiness Magazine (2010)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2011)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2004-present)

Community Involvement

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Advisory Board (2007-present); Member (2004-present); Chair (2007-2010)
  • Scottsdale Cultural Council (2007-2011, 2013-present)
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter Board of Directors (2006-2008)
  • Scottsdale Healthcare, Ethics Committee (1990-1993); Institutional Review Committee (1991-1994)
  • The Hastings Center Institute of Society, Ethics and Life Sciences (1981-1994)

Other Professional Experience

  • O'Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Killingsworth and Beshears, P.A., Senior Member/Shareholder
  • Birnbaum and Manaker, P.C., Associate

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