Overview

Michel Kurs devotes himself to providing responsive and personal attention to the challenges visited upon his clients by state and federal agencies. He regularly represents for-profit and not-for-profit entities and licensed professionals in their dealings with regulators and enforcement authorities. A substantial portion of his practice involves his responding to or handling investigations pertaining to false claims act cases, sexual abuse claims and standard of care related complaints. He also consults on substance use treatment confidentiality rules, drug enforcement issues and represents emergency medical services and their responders.

Michael draws upon decades of experience representing a wide range of clients who have included hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers, ambulance organizations insurance companies, managed care companies, banks, construction companies, large employers, municipalities, power generators, and schools. He has also represented physicians (including anesthesia, bariatric, cardiology, ER, family, gerontology, hospitalist, gastrointestinal, OB-GYN, oncology, osteopathic, pediatric, psychiatric and radiology), dentists, nurses and other health care providers.

Michael has tried jury and non-jury cases, argued before the appellate courts and handled federal and state agency proceedings including audit, licensure, antitrust, employment, reimbursement, tax, discrimination and rate cases.

Michael regularly contributes to the American Bar Association publication PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases.

Contact Info

  • Hartford
    90 State House Square
    Hartford, CT 06103-3702
  • Professional Affiliations

    Connecticut Bar Association - Administrative Law Section; Anti-Trust and Trade Regulation Section, Health Law Section

    Hartford County Bar Association

    Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow

    Connecticut Health Lawyers Association

    The Hartford County Bar Foundation, Inc. - board

    American Health Lawyers Association

    The Judge Janet Bond Arterton American Inn of Court

    Community Involvement

    Yale Club and Scholarship Foundation of Hartford - past president

    MetroHartford Alliance - Connecticut Health Council Executive Committee

    New York State Bar Association

    State of Connecticut Adult Mental Health Planning Council - former vice chair, 2002-2008

    Connecticut State Board of Mental Health - former member

    Honors & Recognitions

    Selected as a 2017-2018 Connecticut Super Lawyer in the area of Health Care

    Maintains highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV) 

    Experience

    • Connecticut Supreme Court decisions including 319 Conn. 367 (2015) (right to arbitration of an energy contract dispute); 313 Conn. 669 (2014) (wind turbine siting and jurisdiction over siting)
    • Successful defense of complex professional standard of care cases and other complaints for physicians and other health care professionals before the Connecticut Medical Examining Board and the Department of Public Health
    • Achieved resolution for hospital of multimillion-dollar negligence actions within limits of hospital’s insurance coverage through negotiations with insurer and plaintiff’s counsel
    • Obtained mediated resolution of multimillion-dollar ERISA claim against Health Plan sponsor
    • Administrative agency proceedings for private and public clients including rate cases, certificate of need proceedings, patient complaint proceedings, bid contests and  representation of clients in appeals to court from agency decisions
    • Representation of medical professionals and institutions in government investigations including investigations related to fraud, abuse and overpayments
    • Counsel and advice to institutions and professionals regarding healthcare and corporate compliance issues including Stark, anti-trust, anti-kickback and HIPAA

    News & Insights

    Speaking Engagements

    Publications

    Case Studies

    • “Access Health CT” is the business name and registered trademark for the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange – the state’s health insurance marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most consumers recognize Access Health CT by the bright yellow and orange logo used to introduce the Exchange to the public, but some individuals search for the Exchange on the Internet using terms such as: “Connecticut insurance exchange” or “CT health insurance exchange.”

    • Our health care attorneys were at the forefront of representing clients in mergers and acquisitions as well as in a host of regulatory matters in the ever-growing ambulatory surgery center sector.

    • Pullman & Comley’s Health Care practice provided regulatory and contracting advice
      and assistance to our hospital clients involved in conducting clinical trials
      of new drugs and medical devices, prior to the Federal Drug Administration’s
      (FDA) approval. 

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • Georgia
    • Mashantucket Tribal Court
    • New York
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia

    Education

    Antioch Law School, J.D., 1980

    Yale University, B.A., 1977

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