Ever since high school, I knew I wanted to be an attorney. My father was a radiologist, and after walking through the halls of the hospital with him one weekend when he needed to pick up some X-rays to read—and seeing stretchers with old and very sick people in the hallways—I knew that being a physician was not for me. (And thankfully, my dad did not encourage it, either.)
In college, a few of my friends wanted to be dentists—but I couldn’t see doing the same thing over and over again each day—checkups, cavities, and so on. I was attracted to the law because I knew that I wanted to face new and different intellectual challenges each day—and to help people solve their problems, at the same time.
And that is what I’ve been doing for almost 30 years now, more than 25 years as a health care attorney. I am a problem-solver who understands health care laws very deeply, and who combines analytics, experience, and a lot of creativity to arrive at practical recommendations, to help health care clients achieve their strategic business objectives and prosper.
Sports: I am a New York Giants fan, but I like watching any team, professional or college, play football. I am a New York Mets fan, and when it comes to baseball, I only enjoy watching the Mets play. Yes, it’s been 30 years since their last World Series victory, but another one is coming before 2020.
Hobbies: I relish vegging on the beach—in New Jersey, the Caribbean, or anywhere. I’m the only one on a beach chair without a book. “Vegging,” to me, means not reading anything—just sleeping, listening to music or the waves, or going on long walks collecting shells, sea glass, and other interesting things. I also enjoy 70s and 80s music—Billy Joel, the Eagles, the Cars, Kansas, Boston, Elton John, James Taylor, and so on. (Check out the “garys faves” playlist on Spotify.)
Little-Known Fact About Me: I am a dog lover (all dogs) and a vodka lover (yes—vodka—many of my friends are wine connoisseurs, but I am a vodka connoisseur).