Rafael A. Ruiz-Ayala, JD

Round 2: Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

The popularity of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) among the nation’s small businesses, which was enacted as part of the CARES Act (see our previous Client Alert), resulted in the entire $349 billion dollars allocated to the PPP relief to be fully committed within 14 days.  This left many small businesses frustrated and unable to benefit from the program.  Click Here To Read More...

COVID-19 HEALTH PROVIDER CLIENT ALERT: Medicare Expansion of Telehealth

Consistent with recently issued recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for social distancing during the COVID-19 emergency, on March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, during the on-going public health crisis, it will permit Medicare providers to bill traditional Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) for telemedicine services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Until now, traditional Medicare only provided telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries for certain limited services and only via communication from pre-approved locations.

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DB Alert – COVID-19 Legislative Update

As part of its initial response to the current and anticipated impact of COVID-19 on businesses across the nation, Congress has passed and the President has signed an $8.3 billion supplemental funding bill that includes authority for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue up to $7 billion in low-interest loans under its already existing Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Program (EIDL) to small businesses adversely impacted by the outbreak. The administration has announced its intention to ask Congress to increase SBA’s resources for small business disaster assistance related to COVID-19 to $50 billion. We expect funding amounts to increase and complementary initiatives to be implemented as the full economic impact of the outbreak makes itself felt.

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DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC would like to congratulate our 2019 Leading Lawyers & Emerging Lawyers

Leading Lawyers – Leading Lawyers have been recommended by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in the areas of practice noted on this website.  Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer.

Gregory J. Bertsch

  • Closely & Privately Held Business law
  • Tax Law: Business
  • Tax Law: Individual
  • Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

James M Duggan

  • Tax Law: Individual
  • Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Timothy L. Epstein

  • Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Allen J. Gable

  • Closely & Privately Held Business law
  • Real Estate Law: Finance
  • Tax Law: Business
  • Tax Law: Individual

David M. Henderson

  • Tax Law: Individual
  • Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Michael H. Israel

  • Tax Law: Individual
  • Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

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DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC would like to Congratulate our 2017 Emerging Lawyers

Emerging Lawyers - Emerging Lawyers have been identified by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS who are age 40 or younger unless they have practiced for no more than 10 years. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Emerging Lawyer. 

 

Michael A. Passananti

Closely & Privately Held Business Law
Tax Law: Business
Tax Law: Individual
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Scott A. Sissel

Closely & Privately Held Business Law
Tax Law: Individual
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Rafael A. Ruiz-Ayala

Closely & Privately Held Business Law
Health Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Publicly Held Corporations Law
Securities & Venture Finance Law

Russell Q. Thirsk

Tax Law: Business
Tax Law: Individual
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Brian C. Konkel

Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law

Ronnie E. Webb Jr.

Mr. Ruiz-Ayala, is a Member in the General Business and Corporate Law and
Transactional and Regulatory Health Law practice groups, is a seasoned corporate and
transactional attorney with extensive experience in the representation of domestic and
international private and public sector clients, ranging from start-up companies to public
instrumentalities, on a broad range of complex matters in the areas of corporate design and
governance, corporate and public finance, mergers and acquisitions and insurance.

Mr. Ruiz-Ayala also brings to Duggan Bertsch advanced training and expertise on the legal
and regulatory frameworks governing the healthcare industry. His practice includes
advising individual and institutional providers of healthcare services, suppliers of medical
equipment and benefits administrators on a wide-ranging set of corporate and regulatory
compliance issues particular to the health industry. Mr. Ruiz-Ayala combines those skills
with his training in public administration to assess client organizational and operational
patterns against current and anticipated policy trends for risk management, infrastructure
development, organizational innovation and strategic planning purposes. 

Mr. Ruiz-Ayala has a long history of interfacing with multi-disciplinary teams and
government officials in multi-cultural and multi-linguistic environments. Before joining
Duggan Bertsch, Mr. Ruiz-Ayala was a capital partner at 120 attorney full-service firm
headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he was an associate attorney at a
multinational law firm headquartered in downtown Manhattan. 

Mr. Ruiz-Ayala received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Government from
Harvard University, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, a Master of Public
Administration degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Laws (LL.M.)
in Health Law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is admitted to
the practice of law in Illinois, New York and Puerto Rico. He is a member of the American
Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association
(AHLA), the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA) and the Puerto Rico Bar
Association.

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