When a health care professional’s license is in jeopardy and criminal violations are looming, Sara Bazzigaluppi has the know-how that doctors, nurses, and other licensed health care providers need in a defense lawyer.
Sara’s career at Chapman Law Group is dedicated to defending health care professionals whose license could be suspended or revoked. Whether facing the Florida Department of Health or the Agency for Health Care Administration, Sara helps with applications, self-reports and litigation defense in administrative hearings. She also handles emergency restriction/suspension orders as well as cases up for appeal with the Florida District Court of Appeals.
Sara believes that an attorney-client relationship is built on mutual trust and respect with a focus on candid communication — and that each client should clearly understand the scope of their case.
“The potential of losing your license is an incredible burden because practitioners risk losing not only their livelihood but their identity,” says Sara, who works with doctors, nurses, and other licensed health care providers across Florida, including Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach.
“The truth is that litigation is stressful, and times will get tough. My role is to lend a hand and help people though it, but also to tell the client like it is when nobody else will bother doing it.”
Sara, a Florida healthcare attorney who is based in Chapman Law Group’s Sarasota office, handles negotiations with impaired practitioner programs such as IPN and PRN, as well as matters involving training programs and schools. She is particularly interested in matters concerning allegations of impairment and safety to practice, including cases involving THC-positive screenings and CBD use.
She has successfully assisted several practitioners with criminal and disciplinary histories with obtaining unrestricted license to practice in the state of Florida. Sara has been successful in assisting practitioners who were accused of impairment in avoiding referral to impaired practitioner programs and return to practice without consequence on their license.
Regarding diversion accusations, Sara has been able to achieve case dismissal or reduction of penalties to unprofessional conduct charges avoiding IPN or PRN referral. She has been successful in negotiating settlement deals with prosecutors for penalties that did not include suspension.
Sara uses her passion for health care and her prior experience working in house with large hospital entities to achieve legal goals, but always keeps in mind the long-term career interests personal to each client. Sara is mindful of cost considerations and strives to identify legal strategies that can maximize each client’s resources however ample or limited.
Sara graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she focused her studies on health care delivery and finance, health care regulatory compliance, and medical malpractice defense. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Economics degree from the University of South Florida. As part of her educational endeavors, Sara participated in leadership roles in the USF Honors College Student Council, as well as the UF Law Mental Health Law Association. Sara also believes in giving back to the community; upon graduation, she dedicated over 100 hours of pro bono services to the Alachua County community.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time outside in the beautiful Florida weather, as well as supporting UF sporting events. Time permitting, Sara relishes visiting her hometown of Milan, Italy, where her entire family currently resides.