Patrick Formato is an Executive Partner, Director of the Health Law Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Medical Marijuana Law Group at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP.
Mr. Formato represents a variety of health care providers including skilled nursing facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, imaging centers, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, management service organizations and physicians. He has extensive skill and expertise counseling his diverse client base in the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs. In addition, Mr. Formato advises health care providers in such matters as fraud and abuse, survey certification and enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, managed care agreements, employment, shareholder and partnership agreements, affiliation agreements, and buy/sell agreements. He also counsels his clients on licensure issues, the attainment of certificates of need, advance directives and treatment decision issues, real estate, and general business/corporate matters.
Recognized by his peers and clients as a knowledgeable and talented health care attorney, Mr. Formato has been asked by many health care and professional organizations to present programs on such topics as fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, reimbursement, and provider contracting.
In addition to lecturing, Mr. Formato has written articles and has been published in professional and industry journals and newsletters. He has also authored several chapters and served as an Editor of the Fourth Edition of the Legal Manual for Physicians that was published by the New York State Bar Association in conjunction with the Medical Society of the State of New York, and is a contributing author of “The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make and How to Avoid Them.” Mr. Formato has been designated as a New York Super Lawyer since 2013, a distinction earned by only 5% of the lawyers in the NY metro area and received the Leadership in Law award from the Long Island Business News in 2013.
He received a J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School and a B.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. Active in legal and professional associations, Mr. Formato is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association's Health Law Section, and the Nassau County Bar Association's Hospital and Health Law Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Health and Hospital Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
- Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York
- State University of New York, Albany, New York
Honors and Awards
- Long Island Business News' Leadership in Law Award (2013)
- New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Health Lawyers Association, Member
- New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
- Nassau County Bar Association,Past Chairman, Health and Hospital Committee