Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Susan A. Benz

Susan A. Benz


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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Susan Benz is a partner and co-chair of our Health Care & Human Services Practice Area. Susan is also a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Area.

Susan represents health care and human service providers with regulatory, reimbursement, compliance, enforcement, and corporate matters. Her clients include not-for-profits and for-profit entities that provide services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and behavioral health issues. She also provides counsel to provider networks, hospitals, skilled nursing, assisted living and independent senior housing facilities, CCRCs, home care agencies, clinics, hospices, medical transportation providers, pharmacies, billing companies, and health care professionals.

Susan is an active member of the firm’s Women’s Forum, which provides mentoring opportunities to assist the firm’s women attorneys in professional and leadership development.

Representative Experience

  • Represented group of behavioral health providers in formation of Behavioral Health Care Collaborative.
  • Designed and handled not-for-profit corporate restructuring for health care and human service providers to achieve regulatory compliance and business objectives.
  • Developed value-based payment strategies for large, multi-entity health care and human services providers.
  • Trained HIPAA Business Associates of Fortune 100 company and developed industry-specific Business Associate Manual.
  • Negotiated successful OMIG audit settlement for Fortune 500 health care company faced with $20+ million in exposure.
  • Developed provider specific HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals and trained behavioral health providers, skilled nursing facilities, OPWDD providers, home care agencies, and physician practices.

Practice Areas


  • Harpur College
  • University of Binghamton, B.A., with honors, 1981
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1986

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Healthcare Financial Managers Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Erie County Bar Association, Health Law Committee
  • Women's Bar Association of New York State, Western New York Chapter

Civic Activities

  • The East Aurora Cooperative Market, Founding Member

Speaking & Publications

  • “General Counsel Role and Perspective on Compliance,” (moderator) Barclay Damon Health Care Provider Legal and Compliance Symposium, Albany, New York, September 27, 2017
  • "What's New (and Will Be Now) For Skilled Nursing Facilities," Leading Age New York, Saratoga, New York, May 23, 2017
  • Contributor, "Trump's Win Expected to Bring Significant Legal and Regulatory Changes," White Paper, Wolters Kluwer, December 19, 2016
  • “Managed Care Contracting in 2016 And Beyond: A Brave New World,” Healthcare Financial Managers Association (HFMA) Long Term Care Institute, Buffalo, New York, November 1, 2016
  • “Riding the Wave of Provider Consolidations, Regulatory and Antitrust Hurdles,” Healthcare Financial Managers Association (HFMA) Region 2 Annual Conference, Verona, New York, October 21, 2016
  • "Achieving Success in Affiliations & Consolidations: Best Practices for Avoiding Deal Meltdown.” Buffalo, New York, June 9, 2016
  • "The New Paradigm: Defending Multiple Government Investigations and Lawsuits.” LeadingAge New York Annual Conference, Saratoga, New York, May 24, 2016,
  • "Defending Against Multiple Governmental Investigations and a Civil Lawsuit: How To Avoid A Three Ring Circus," Healthcare Financial Managers Association WNY Chapter, Long Term Care Institute, October 28, 2015
  • "Recent Litigation Trends in LTC: Nursing Homes Are Not the Only Target," New York State Health Facilities Association, New York State Center for Assisted Living and Leading Age, September 24, 2015
  • "Providers Face Novel Medicaid Issues," Buffalo Business First, 2015
  • "Wake-Up Call for Nonprofits," Buffalo Business First, 2014
  • "Hot Compliance Issues for 2015,” Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) March, 2015  
  • “Challenges to Corporate Governance By the Reconfiguration of the Health Care Industry,” various Boards of Directors of Health Care and Human Service providers, 2014-2016
  • “Compliance Enforcement Today,” Healthcare Financial Managers Association WNY Chapter, Long Term Care Institute, January 2015
  • “Use of Arbitration Agreements in Long Term Care Facilities,” NYSHFA, NYSCAL, and LeadingAge WNY, May 22, 2015 
  • “HIPAA Breach Notification and Other HITECH Requirements,” skilled nursing facilities, OPWDD providers, home care agencies, behavioral health providers, 2013 and 2014


  • Business First of Buffalo, 2016 Health Care Champion
  • The Best Lawyers In America 2009-2014, 2016-2018 for Health Care Law
  • Business First of Buffalo, 2012 "Who's Who in Law" List

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Partner