Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Margaret Surowka Rossi

Margaret Surowka Rossi


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Albany Office

80 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

Maggie has more than 20 years of experience as a strong advocate for her health care clients, representing individual providers and facilities in licensure, disciplinary and ethics proceedings. She routinely counsels clients who are faced with Medicaid, Medicare and other governmental investigations and audits, as well as on employment and contract matters. Maggie defends individual health care providers facing license revocation and represents them in disciplinary matters before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. She also represents employers from other industries in matters before the State Division of Human Rights. Maggie’s familiarity with New York State and City lobbying laws helps her navigate clients’ lobbying compliance issues and audits.

Maggie brings an insider’s perspective to her practice from her previous position as sole in-house counsel to the 14,000 member New York State Dental Association. In this capacity, Maggie counseled members regarding compliance, proposed legislation and regulations, developed a HIPAA guide for members, provided risk management seminars, and analyzed and guided members on all health care related matters.

Maggie is a frequent speaker on issues affecting the health care industry. She developed and presents one of the few approved courses to fulfill New York dentists mandatory Jurisprudence and Ethics Course requirement. Her stature in the industry was recently strengthened by her appointment to the Board of Directors of the National Society of Dental Practitioners.

Representative Experience

  • Represented healthcare provider in OMIG audit and achieved termination of audit proceedings. 
  • Represented and advised client undergoing OMIG Compliance Effectiveness Review. 
  • Represented before state regulatory agencies and federal agencies with respect to licensure and Medicaid participation. 
  • Represented and defended restaurant owner in audit by New York State Department of Labor. 
  • Successfully defended physician in a revocation proceeding and subsequent appeal by the Medical Board.
  • Represented a developmental disabilities provider in Article 78 proceeding challenging rates against the state.
  • Represented agencies that serve clients with intellectual and development disabilities in compliance matters, including significant self-disclosures.
  • Defended development disability providers in audits.
  • Defended providers in managed care audit proceedings.

Practice Areas


  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude, Executive Editor for Production, Albany Law Review, 1990
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1993
  • Hamilton College, B.A., 1987

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Society of Dental Practitioners, Board of Directors 
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation, Health Law, and Corporate Counsel Sections 
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Past President (2005 – 2006) 
  • Women’s Bar Association, Legislative Committee, Co-Chair (2007, 2008)

Speaking & Publications

  • New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section's Committee on Not-For-Profit Entities and Concerns 2019 Annual Meeting Program, "Medicaid Reimbursement and the State’s Treatment of Administrative Overhead Expenses"
  • Self Disclosure and Discipline," Hiscock & Barclay Health Law Symposium, June 25, 2014
  • "Nurse Practitioner Practice in New York State," NYSBA Health Law Journal, Winter 2013
  • ”Steps to Starting and Maintaining a Successful NP Private Practice,” Lecture for the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, October 17, 2012
  • “Medicaid Fraud,” Greater New York Dental Meeting, December 2010 and 2011 
  • “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls,” Greater New York Dental Meeting, December 2008 
  • “Jurisprudence and Ethics,” Henry Spenadel Continuing Education Program, Course Developer and Presenter, numerous venues, 2008-2011 
  • Corporate Compliance Summit, Keynote Speaker, Bronx, New York, October 2008 
  • "A Guide to Avoiding OPD,” Bulletin for Ninth District Dental Society, May 2008 
  • “New York Setting the Standard for Responsible Dentistry,” New York State Dental Journal, August/September 2007 
  • “Prescription for Passing Inspection,” New York State Dental Journal, June/July 2007 
  • “Getting Creative with Insurance Forms,” NYSDA News, May 2007 
  • “An Unavoidable and Unmistakable Link,” New York State Dental Journal, August/September 2006 
  • "Going the Extra Mile for Patients with Special Needs,” New York State Dental Journal, March/April 2006 
  • “Legal Roundup: Catching up on Prescriptions, Taxes, Records & Botox,” NYSDA News, February 2006 
  • “Before Picking up that Prescription Pad,” NYSDA News, October 2005 
  • “The Ins and Outs of Corporate Practice,” NYSDA News, May 2005 
  • “New York Tackles Prescription Fraud,” NYSDA News, April 2005 
  • “Protecting Patient Information (HIPAA),” NYSDA News, January 2005 
  • “When the Next Person Through the Door Isn’t a Patient (Government Inspectors),” NYSDA News, November 2004

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Counsel
  • New York State Dental Association, General Counsel 
  • McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Senior Litigation Associate 
  • Corbin Silverman & Sanseverino, Litigation Associate 
  • Chadbourne & Parke, Litigation Associate