Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Joy E. Taylor

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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D.
    Certificate in Health Law; National Health Law Moot Court Competition “Best Overall Oralist”; Pitt Law Health Law Clinic; Pitt Law Women’s Association; Janavitz Fellowship in First Amendment Law; CALI Award in Criminal Law
  • Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, M.P.H.
    Study Abroad, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • University of Rochester, B.A.
    with distinction in Health and Society; Women's Varsity Basketball Unsung Hero Award (2004-2005, 2005-2006)

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Certified Arbitrator
  • United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Science & Technology Law Section
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • American Public Health Association, Former Member
  • HIMSS, Western PA Chapter, Member

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Ms. Taylor focuses her practice in the areas of business, health law, and intellectual property & technology. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Prior to joining the firm, she completed two externships with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Physician Services Division, clerked for the Honorable Judge Mary Jane Bowes in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and interned with a law firm in Pittsburgh where she analyzed legal issues affecting health care systems and physician practices. Ms. Taylor is passionate about keeping track of trends in the health care industry. You can follow her on Twitter (@Hospitally) at:!/Hospitally. A registered patent attorney, Ms. Taylor is also uniquely certified to counsel clients on intellectual property matters.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Helping clients with business formation, organizational documents, and corporate transactions
  • Assisting health care entities draft and negotiate physician services agreements, medical directorship agreements, management services agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, leases, and business associate agreements
  • Providing advice regarding liability under the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, and False Claims Act to health care entities and providers
  • Assisting health care entities in regulatory and compliance matters such as permitted disclosures under HIPAA and EMTALA requirements
  • Assisting litigation teams with defense of medical malpractice actions, peer review actions, and qui tam False Claims Act lawsuits
  • Counseling clients on intellectual property rights, including trademarks and the patentability of ideas, concepts, and methods
  • Providing advice on business uses of technology and health information technology as well as drafting and negotiating technology agreements

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • UPMC Hamot Nursing Staff, Co-Lecturer: "Medical Record Documentation & Litigation for Nursing Staff" (June 2015)
  • UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University Nursing Students, Co-Lecturer: "Understanding Malpractice Litigation / Medical Record Documentation: Risk Management for Health Care Providers" (October 2014)
  • American College of Healthcare Executives Western PA Chapter's Fall Education Event, Panelist: “Physician-Hospital Integration in the 21st Century” (October 2014)
  • Coalition of Attorneys and Physicians in Erie (CAPE) Seminar, Co-Lecturer: "Where Does the Doctor/Patient Attorney/Client Relationship Begin?" (April 2014)
  • Firm's Municipal Law Symposium (April 2014)
  • PICPA Erie Chapter's Joint Meeting of CPAs and Bankers (March 2014)
  • Millcreek Community Hospital Interns and Medical Students, Co-Lecturer: Three Legal Tips for Physician Risk Management (November 2013)
  • UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University, Co-Lecturer: Medical Record Documentation: Risk Management for Health Care Providers (November 2013)
  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium (October 2013)
  • Healthcare Ventures Alliance Long-Term Care Seminar: The OIG and the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities Database (May 2013)
  • Coalition for Physicians & Attorneys in Erie CME/CLE Seminar, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word: The Proposed Apology Law in Pennsylvania (November 2012)
  • The SciTech Lawyer, Telemedicine’s Role in Health Care Reform Blocked by State Licensure Barriers. American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section (Fall 2012)
  • Erie Small Business Alliance, ACA Implementation for Small Businesses (August 2012)
  • UPMC Hamot, Medical Record Documentation & Litigation, Co-presenter (June 2012)
  • Firm's Long-Term Care Seminar, Health Care Fraud: The Government's Watching (May 2012)
  • Health Care Client Update: Reported HIPAA Breaches Clear 500th Case Mark
  • Top Five Trademark Mistakes by Business Owners
  • Stolen Laptop Containing Patient Information Costs Providers $1.5 Million
  • New Requirements for Hospitals Seeking to Maintain Federal Tax Exemption
  • JOBS Act Increases Opportunities for Startups
  • Area Nonprofit Organizations Should Prepare for Challenges to Tax-Exempt Status
  • Government Expands Access to Medicare Claims Data Opens Door for Production of Physician Report Card
  • Health Care Organizations and Deservedness of Federal Income Tax Exemption: Bioethics Seminar Paper (May 2011)
  • Frozen Embryo Custody Battles -- Where the Judiciary Fails, Mediation Succeeds: Health Law ADR Final Paper (April 2011)
  • The Constitutionality of Calorie Posting: Authored and delivered presentation to second and third year health law students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (April 2011)
  • Telehealth and the Law: Provided supporting research for presentation delivered by Attorney Terrence Lewis at the UPMC Telehealth Symposium (May 2011)
  • The New Age of Complex Business Valuation: Provided supporting research for presentation given by Attorney Martin Durkin at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Health Law Institute (March 2011)

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie County Board of Health, Appointed Member, January 2016-December 2019
  • UPMC Hamot Institutional Review Board, Member
  • Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Official
  • Therapy Dogs United, Volunteer Handler
  • Metro-Erie Meals on Wheels, Board Member
  • Mercyhurst University, Adjunct Professor

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