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ANGELA EASTMAN

Founding Partner

Angela practices in the areas of Health Care and Life Sciences; Estate Planning and Asset Protection; and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and workplace facilitation. She has considerable health, insurance, compliance, and regulatory knowledge and experience related to corporate governance, managed care organizations (MCO), pharmacy benefit management (PBM), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Angela is well versed in healthcare business operations and management related to network adequacy, reimbursement models including both traditional and value-based arrangements, contracting and negotiation, quality, credentialing, third-party administrator oversight, telehealth and telemedicine services, appeals and grievances, and fraud, waste and abuse.

 

Angela is also a seasoned mediator and arbitrator who enjoys facilitating meaningful communication between parties and working towards negotiated agreements made outside of court. She provides ADR training and coaching services across the nation for employers and employees, nonprofits, and other business organizations.

 

Prior to joining Pacific Apex, Angela practiced private law in Vermont (transactions, litigation, and ADR), worked as in-house counsel for a large health insurer, and instructed MBA students in business ethics and compliance as an adjunct professor. Angela continues to work as a regulatory compliance consultant and subject matter expert in market regulation. She is actively involved in her local community by volunteering for and supporting non-profit organizations with missions focused on self-sufficiency, education, women, and mental health and substance use disorder.

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Court Admissions:

State of Vermont

State of Washington

State of Colorado

U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Master of Laws (ADR)

Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor
McGill University, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Sociocultural Anthropology)

Honors/Awards:
General Practice Program Certificate, Vermont Law School
Zander Rubin Public Interest Fellowship, Vermont Law School


Professional Activities and Community Engagement:
Federal Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Chair-Elect
Cardinal Opportunities, Inc., Co-Founder and Board Member

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley, Advocacy Volunteer

Organizations:
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association
American Health Law Association
Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals
America’s Health Insurance Plans
Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society

Presentations and Teaching:

  • Co-presented "MHPAEA - A Roadmap to Pharmacy Reviews" CE webinar sponsored by the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES) (November 2020).

  • Panel participant in “Career Planning During the COVID Crisis” roundtable at the virtual Annual Meeting for the Federal Bar Association (September 2020).

  • Moderated and co-presented "Dispute Resolution in the Workplace: Managing Remote Workers" CLE webinar sponsored by the Federal Bar Association (July 2020).

  • Co-presented "Social Challenges in a Progressive Environment – Underwriting Challenges" at the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado (September 2019).

  • Presented "Hot Topics in Affordable Care Act Comprehensive Market Conduct Examinations" as part of the "Advanced Compliance Ahead – Affordable Care Act Updates" panel at the AICP annual meeting in Denver, Colorado (September 2019).

  • Presented "Areas of Concern in Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Market Conduct Examinations" as part of the "Examining Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Issues" panel at the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES) Career Development Seminar (CDS) in Spokane, Washington (August 2019).

  • Co-presented "'Are You Kidding? Apologize?’ A Lawyer’s Guide to the Minefield of Apology" CLE at the Vermont Bar Association annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont (March 2014).

  • Co-presented "Hearing from Foreclosure Mediation Mediators" CLE sponsored by the Vermont Bar Association in Waterbury, Vermont (October 2013).

  • Presented "Mapping Divorce in Vermont" at the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence BLAST conference in Montpelier, Vermont (October 2013).

  • Presented "Foreclosure Mediation in Vermont – Updates" CLE at Vermont Paralegals Organization autumn meeting in South Burlington, Vermont (November 2012).

  • Co-presented "Foreclosure Mediation: How Does It Work and How Is It Working?" CLE sponsored by the Vermont Bar Association in Montpelier, Vermont (June 2012).

  • Presented "Foreclosure Mediation in Vermont" CLE at the Vermont Paralegals Organization spring meeting in South Burlington, Vermont (May 2011).

  • Co-presented "Mediation 101" CLE sponsored by the Vermont Bar Association in Montpelier, Vermont (June 2010).

  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Business School, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont