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Christal E. Edwards, Esq., Mph, Ms

Christal E. Edwards, Esq., Mph, Ms

Attorney at Law

Silver Spring
Maryland
Licensed in
MD, DC
Saint Louis University
School of Law
About
Through my educational and vocational experience, I have enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the legal field. As a panel attorney for the Public Defender’s Office, I have served as the lead attorney in more than 400 misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, which includes jury-trials, juvenile cases, and mental health court. In my private practice, I have litigated and/or settled various criminal and civil matters in Administrative Hearings, District Court, Circuit Court, and Federal Court, which includes refusal of psychiatric medication, reimbursement/ payment issues, medical malpractice, personal injury, and advising clients on various… read more health law matters.
9
Years
experience

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Work History

Edwards Legal Group, LLC

Managing Attorney

Jun 2008 - Present

The EDWARDS LEGAL GROUP is a law firm that offers a comprehensive range of litigation, transactional and counseling services to both healthcare clients and business entities. We strive to provide unparallel legal services to each and every client. In providing such services, the EDWARDS LEGAL GROUP prides itself on its ability to understand, address, and resolve complex legal issues, while developing trustworthy and attentive working relationships with these clients as well. We practice law with compassion, enthusiasm, and ingenuity. Our primary goal is to seek and find innovative ways to accomplish our client’s objectives. Whether you are a start-up organization or the largest healthcare or business organization, we afford a deep and efficient counsel to all your legal challenges.

Jun 2008 - Present

DHHS/Medicare Appeals Board

Attorney

Feb 2008 - Jul 2008

Researched and analyzed Medicare Part A and B Hearings and Appeals request
Drafted decisions regarding complex payment issues for Administrative Law Judges

Feb 2008 - Jul 2008

American College of Surgeons

Senior Regulatory Associate

Sep 2007 - Feb 2008

Monitored and analyzed federal regulatory developments (Medicare, Medicaid, Stark)
Developed overall regulatory strategy and new proposals for College's advocacy agenda, including the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee
Prepared written materials and responses to inquiries about payment policies and other regulatory matters

Sep 2007 - Feb 2008

US Senate Finance Committee

Legal Staffer

Jan 2007 - Dec 2007

Researched and evaluated healthcare tax legislation and healthcare benefits proposed legislation, including HSAs, ERISA-covered plans, and small business health insurance proposals.
Assisted in oversight and investigations of tax-exempt organizations, including hospitals
Researched and analyzed the constitutionality of proposed line-item veto legislation
Drafted briefing materials for the Senator and other staff members
Served as one of the DC Coordinators for Senator Max Baucus’ Faith Community Impact Summit
Completed CRS Legislative Process Institute 2006
Served as Finance Committee Minority Whip during ‘lame duck’ session

Jan 2007 - Dec 2007

CACI

Contract Attorney

Jan 2007 - Sep 2007

Reviewed case materials regarding Hurricane Katrina to become familiar with questions under consideration
Participated in pre-trial witness conferences, researched and corrected possible deficiencies in case materials and performed large-scaled electronic document review (Concordance)
Researched and summarized relevant material in preparation of opinions, briefs, and other legal documents, including testimonies and depositions

Jan 2007 - Sep 2007

Judge Jimmie M. Edwards

Law Clerk

Jan 2004 - Dec 2005

Drafted bench memoranda for civil lawsuits and criminal matters
Assisted Judge with pretrial conferences, settlement negotiations, and sentencing hearings
Regularly discussed issues with Judge concerning judicial decision-making and court process

Jan 2004 - Dec 2005

Nahon & Saharovich

Summer Associate

Jun 2003 - Aug 2003

Prepared complaints, interrogatories, and motions regarding personal injury and SSI cases
Interviewed clients and assisted in the preparation of client's testimony at trial and depositions
Prepared deposition summaries

Jun 2003 - Aug 2003

West Tennessee Healthcare

Administrative Intern

May 2001 - Aug 2001

Prepared written report of all Tennessee Statutes and Codes concerning HIPAA regulations and performed EMTALA audits
Negotiated and drafted contracts, prepared hospital for JACHO audit, budget reports, nursing home compliance and audits, monitored TennCare reform, employment issues, and various other hospital administrative projects
Researched and analyzed impact of state and federal Medicaid, SCHIP and Medicare regulations

May 2001 - Aug 2001

US Public Health Service

Health Services Officer

May 2000 - Sep 2000

Analyzed and prepared research data reports concerning health care of the United States jail population
Prepared reports on Congressional Committee hearings related to healthcare issues
Assisted in starting the pilot project for the Medium Security Institution of; Researched, investigated, and made recommendations on health policies affecting the uninsured and underinsured

May 2000 - Sep 2000

Alvin C. York VA Medical Center

Administrative Intern

Jan 2000 - May 2000

Prepared written research reports regarding veterans' health and access to quality health care
Monitored proposed policy changes to healthcare benefits of veterans (TRICARE)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION/LICENSE

Maryland Bar
Maryland Federal Bar
District of Columbia Federal Bar

Jan 2000 - May 2000

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