Sheila Sokolowski

Partner

Sheila Sokolowski is a partner at Hogan Marren Bobbo & Rose, Ltd. with more than 15 years of legal experience. Ms. Sokolowski chairs the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection Practice.  She has counseled clients across several industry sectors but focuses her practice primarily on health care and higher education. She regularly advises health care clients on federal and state law as it relates to the delivery of health care products and services, including Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws; data privacy and security risk mitigation strategies; and the development of information governance and regulatory compliance programs, including compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, 42 C.F.R. Part 2, TCPA, the FTC Act and Privacy by Design Principles. In addition to medical centers and health plans, her clients in the health care industry include biotechnology ventures and machine learning platforms for health care.  Ms. Sokolowski also advises and counsels colleges and universities on privacy matters, including FERPA, HIPAA, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as it applies to non-European Union institutions of higher education. 

Ms. Sokolowski is also the creator and host of  HIPAA Bytes, a series of podcasts addressing specific issues raised by the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification regulations and providing practical guidance for compliance.  Her experience includes conducting internal investigations of breaches of protected health information and defending covered entities and business associates in governmental investigations of alleged violations of HIPAA/HITECH. She regularly speaks to national audiences about health care data privacy and security compliance, as well as the legal issues that arise in the context of clinical research arrangements

In addition to her work with health care clients, Ms. Sokolowski counsels investors on the scope and management of fraud and abuse risks that may arise from transactions with providers of health care products and services, including the Stark Law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, state and federal false claims acts.

Education

  • University of Texas, School of Law (J.D.)
  • Barnard College (B.A.)

Admissions

  • Illinois (2009)
  • Texas (2001)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Events

  • “Mobile Devices and Healthcare: Navigating HIPAA and Other Legal Privacy Risks”, Clear Law Institute CLE Webinar (June 7, 2017).
  • “Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct,” Society of Clinical Research Associates, Montreal (September 29, 2016).
  • “Privacy and Security for Colleges and Universities: Navigating the Legal Risks,” Career Education Colleges and Universities Webinar (November 4, 2015).
  • “Stark Law Update: New Exceptions, Clarifications and Revisions,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (December 17, 2015).
  • “Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct,” Society of Clinical Research Associates, Denver (September 17, 2015).
  • “Phase 2 HIPAA Audits: Preparing for When the OCR Comes Knocking,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (August 6, 2015).
  • “Stark Law & OIG Activity Update: Changes, Challenges and Recent Litigation,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (December 11, 2014).
  • “Patient Engagement: Legal Risks and Practical Realities,” Chicago Bar Association, Health Law Committee (October 22, 2014).
  • “Access to Electronic Health Information: Navigating HIPAA & Meaningful Use Stage 2,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (August 6, 2014).
  • “HIPAA Audits: Issues & Answers for Privacy, Security and Breach Requirements,” National Constitution Center CLE webinar (May 13, 2014).
  • “HIPAA Update: What You Need to Know,” Pincus Professional Education CLE Webinar (April 8, 2014).
  • “Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct,” Society of Clinical Research Associates, New Orleans (September 26, 2013).
  • “The Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule: What You Need to Know Now,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (August 6, 2013; March 13, 2013).
  • “Business Associates Under the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (June 11, 2013).
  • “HIPAA Compliance Update: HITECH Rulemaking and Enforcement,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (October 26, 2011).
  • “HIPAA Compliance Update: Facebook, Twitter and Legal Liabilities,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (May 5, 2011).
  • Profile

    Sheila Sokolowski

    Partner

    Sheila Sokolowski is a partner at Hogan Marren Bobbo & Rose, Ltd. with more than 15 years of legal experience. Ms. Sokolowski chairs the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection Practice.  She has counseled clients across several industry sectors but focuses her practice primarily on health care and higher education. She regularly advises health care clients on federal and state law as it relates to the delivery of health care products and services, including Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws; data privacy and security risk mitigation strategies; and the development of information governance and regulatory compliance programs, including compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, 42 C.F.R. Part 2, TCPA, the FTC Act and Privacy by Design Principles. In addition to medical centers and health plans, her clients in the health care industry include biotechnology ventures and machine learning platforms for health care.  Ms. Sokolowski also advises and counsels colleges and universities on privacy matters, including FERPA, HIPAA, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as it applies to non-European Union institutions of higher education. 

    Ms. Sokolowski is also the creator and host of  HIPAA Bytes, a series of podcasts addressing specific issues raised by the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification regulations and providing practical guidance for compliance.  Her experience includes conducting internal investigations of breaches of protected health information and defending covered entities and business associates in governmental investigations of alleged violations of HIPAA/HITECH. She regularly speaks to national audiences about health care data privacy and security compliance, as well as the legal issues that arise in the context of clinical research arrangements

    In addition to her work with health care clients, Ms. Sokolowski counsels investors on the scope and management of fraud and abuse risks that may arise from transactions with providers of health care products and services, including the Stark Law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, state and federal false claims acts.

  • Education/Admissions

    Education

    • University of Texas, School of Law (J.D.)
    • Barnard College (B.A.)

    Admissions

    • Illinois (2009)
    • Texas (2001)
  • Memberships/Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Publications/Events

    Events

    • “Mobile Devices and Healthcare: Navigating HIPAA and Other Legal Privacy Risks”, Clear Law Institute CLE Webinar (June 7, 2017).
    • “Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct,” Society of Clinical Research Associates, Montreal (September 29, 2016).
    • “Privacy and Security for Colleges and Universities: Navigating the Legal Risks,” Career Education Colleges and Universities Webinar (November 4, 2015).
    • “Stark Law Update: New Exceptions, Clarifications and Revisions,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (December 17, 2015).
    • “Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct,” Society of Clinical Research Associates, Denver (September 17, 2015).
    • “Phase 2 HIPAA Audits: Preparing for When the OCR Comes Knocking,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (August 6, 2015).
    • “Stark Law & OIG Activity Update: Changes, Challenges and Recent Litigation,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (December 11, 2014).
    • “Patient Engagement: Legal Risks and Practical Realities,” Chicago Bar Association, Health Law Committee (October 22, 2014).
    • “Access to Electronic Health Information: Navigating HIPAA & Meaningful Use Stage 2,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (August 6, 2014).
    • “HIPAA Audits: Issues & Answers for Privacy, Security and Breach Requirements,” National Constitution Center CLE webinar (May 13, 2014).
    • “HIPAA Update: What You Need to Know,” Pincus Professional Education CLE Webinar (April 8, 2014).
    • “Legal Issues Involving Researchers, Including Scientific Misconduct,” Society of Clinical Research Associates, New Orleans (September 26, 2013).
    • “The Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule: What You Need to Know Now,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (August 6, 2013; March 13, 2013).
    • “Business Associates Under the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (June 11, 2013).
    • “HIPAA Compliance Update: HITECH Rulemaking and Enforcement,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (October 26, 2011).
    • “HIPAA Compliance Update: Facebook, Twitter and Legal Liabilities,” National Constitution Center CLE Webinar (May 5, 2011).
Sheila Sokolowski