Sara is a health care attorney at Chapman Law Group and is focused on defending health care professionals when their license is on the line. 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 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.
Sara has successfully assisted several practitioners with criminal and disciplinary histories with obtaining unrestricted license to practice in the state of Florida. She 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 where the stakes are high and can possibly lead to criminal violations, 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 believes that an attorney-client relationship is built on mutual trust and respect with a focus on candid communication – 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. 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 graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law focusing her studies on health care delivery and finance, health care regulatory compliance, and medical malpractice defense. She received a 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 Mental Health Law Association. Sara also believes in giving back to the community and upon graduation dedicated over 100 hours of pro bono services to the Alachua County community.
In her spare time, Sara likes to support UF sporting events, gardening, cooking, and spending time outside in the beautiful Florida weather. Time permitting, Sara likes to visit her hometown of Milan, Italy where her entire family currently resides.
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