Robert D. Belfort - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
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Robert D. Belfort

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 212-830-7270

New York University School of LawJ.D. 1989

Client Comments

"Robert Belfort is a very well-rounded health care lawyer, who gives practical business advice in a highly challenging area."

"Bob Belfort has great technical expertise and sound judgment. He is a trusted advisor with the ability to reach sound decisions."

"Bob has a depth of expertise in matters relating to privacy, HIPAA compliance, fraud and abuse, and Stark law issues. He is incisive and articulate. He is timely in responding to client needs and is a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him without reservation."

-Barbara Arky
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Lutheran Medical Center

"I cannot imagine a better lawyer for our organization than Bob Belfort. He is knowledgeable, maintains the highest standards of integrity, and responds swiftly and effectively to all our needs. Besides his obvious skill and professionalism, he is a genuine pleasure to work with. Bob is more than just our organization's counsel; he is an integral, and beloved, member of our team."

"Mr. Belfort has been an invaluable resource to CUCS. His expertise on health care matters as they relate to an organization providing mental health services is outstanding. He has made significant contributions to CUCS regarding policies and procedures, particularly in the area of HIPAA compliance, as well as providing insight and guidance on specific legal issues. Mr. Belfort has an uncanny ability to focus on the substance of a matter and provide precise and concise guidance."

-Paul Gualano
Chief Operating Officer
Center for Urban Community Services, Inc.

"GRIPA, and I in particular, have relied heavily on Bob over the last two years in transforming our company from an IPA contracting only with HMO's to a clinically-integrated provider group as defined by the FTC/DOJ. This effort has required guidance on matters of privacy and security beyond HIPAA for electronic data access, as well as intellectual property, and has generated several types of contracts with providers, hospitals, lab and imaging facilities, and software vendors in addition to insurers. Bob has frequently had to help us negotiate contracts with these parties and their attorneys and has been an excellent spokesman and advocate for us. He has been helpful in sorting out the roots of our legal issues and finding us a path through seemingly impenetrable state and federal regulations. When Bob feels his wide-ranging experience and expertise are not enough, he has connects us with other experts within his firm. He has been very responsive to our needs, has formed working relationships with several of our staff, and keeps us informed of when we can expect a certain piece of work to be done."

-Eric Nielsen
SVP - Chief Medical Officer
Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Inc.

"I am pleased to comment regarding the professional services provided to Clinilabs, Inc. by Mr. Robert Belfort. Mr. Belfort has been legal counsel for Clinilabs since 2001. Since that time, he has provided knowledgeable and effective representation in a multitude of matters, and has been an invaluable resource to the Company. I believe that his advice exceeds that which is common in most attorney/client relationships, as Mr. Belfort often has been called on to address high-level issues that are relevant to the discussions of the Company's Board. I personally have relied on him on numerous occasions just as if he were a Board member. Several things impress me about Mr. Belfort. First is his knowledge of the law, and his ability to reduce complicated matters to simpler terms. Second is his even temper and unpretentious demeanor, which makes him someone who is easy to work with - both as a client or in negotiations with others. Third, when negotiating a deal, Mr. Belfort is practical, fair, and balanced while still being able to aggressively defend critically important positions. Mr. Belfort also makes referrals appropriately and always has handed-off referrals in a highly professional way (e.g., to another attorney specializing in finance, patent law, or human resources). One of the most impressive things about Mr. Belfort is that he is unusually responsive and prompt. I have often commented to him that I feel like "his only client..." because he responds to my calls and e-mails within the same day and always follows up with letters, documents, or other materials within a very short span of time. He's let me know through his actions that my business and the state of my Company are a top priority for him. Finally, on a personal note, I often have heard other CEOs complain about their counselors or otherwise speak about their attorneys in unflattering ways. I have experienced none of what they have endured. I feel that Clinilabs truly has been privileged to have the attention of Mr. Belfort; a man who has acted in the interests of the Company as much as any of the Company's senior management or shareholders. Sincerely, Gary Zammit "

-Gary Zammit
President & CEO
Clinilabs, Inc.

Office Location

Seven Times Square
New York, NY 10036
United States

Practice Areas

Health Care Law (Academic Medical Centers, Fraud and Abuse, HIPAA, Hospitals, Information Technology, Managed Care)