David M. Briglia
Attorney At Law
Admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia
Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee of the DC Bar (2006-2008)
American Bar Association;
American Health Lawyers Association;
Maryland Employment Lawyers Association;
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association;
Maryland State Bar Association
I come from a family of doctors.
My dad was an independent physician who ran a cradle-to-grave family practice in the same small, rural New Jersey town where he—and nearly all of his patients—grew up. (This was actually his second career: he started out as an independent pharmacist, probably even a rarer bird today than the independent family physician). He was also the president of staff of our local hospital, the only one in our county.
In the mid-90s, my two older brothers, who had attended medical school together, launched their careers as employed physicians: one as an ENT surgeon working for a sole proprietor in Pennsylvania; the other as a nephrologist working for a county hospital in Maryland.
So, I’ve seen first-hand the transformation in American medicine over the last thirty years from an industry dominated by independent professionals to one composed largely of employees. I've also seen how hard an industry healthcare is to be employed in, and how much financial and emotional turmoil a bad employment relationship can cause a healthcare professional.
Plenty of lawyers represent physician employers—hospitals, health systems, HMOs, group practices, etc. Not many of them, like me, represent physicians and other healthcare professionals who are employees, helping them to negotiate fair and reasonable employment agreements and assert their rights under contract and the federal, state and local laws that govern all employment relationships, when those rights are violated by employers.
If you're physician who's considering an employment offer in Maryland or Washington, D.C., and you've been presented with a letter of intent or draft contract, or if you're already employed as a physician and believe that your employer may not be honoring its legal obligations to you, please contact me by email.