Robert Blass, a Member of the Firm since 2002, concentrates his practice in Health and Hospital Law and in Employment Law. With a background in healthcare and a firsthand understanding of the clinical and business realities of health care as well as its legal and regulatory environment, Mr. Blass represents health professionals in corporate and transactional matters, including the purchase or sale of a medical, dental or veterinary practice, organizational guidance and advice on employment and licensing matters.
Before joining the Firm as an associate in 1994, Mr. Blass began his legal career as a corporate lawyer with a large New York City-based firm concentrating in the area of capital markets, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. He later served as a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General from 1991-1994, and, in that capacity, as attorney for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now part of Rutgers University. He served for many years as a member of the Bioethics Committee of University Hospital in Newark, a major teaching affiliate of Rutgers.
Mr. Blass received a DDS degree from Columbia University, completed hospital residency training, and taught briefly at Columbia. He attended law school while engaged in private dental practice, and received his JD from Rutgers where he was editor in chief of the Rutgers Law Review.
Among his professional activities and affiliations, Mr. Blass is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (health and hospital law, labor and employment law sections), the Bergen County Bar Association, where he serves on the health law committee and is co-chair of the Health & Hospital Law Committee, and the American Health Lawyers Association. He lectures regularly before various health professional groups and writes frequently on health law and employment matters.