We are pleased to announce that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed James E. Dering, a partner at Garfunkel Wild, P.C., (“Garfunkel Wild”) as a commissioner of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”).
Dering joined Garfunkel Wild as a partner in 2015 and works in our Albany, NY office. Jim is a member of Garfunkel Wild’s Health Care, Business and Compliance practice groups.
Prior to joining Garfunkel Wild, Dering served as General Counsel of the New York State Department of Health, and formerly was Deputy General Counsel and Director of the Bureau of House Counsel. As General Counsel, he was the chief legal advisor to the Commissioner of Health and oversaw approximately 125 attorneys and staff. Previously he served as Bureau Chief of the New York State Attorney General’s Heath Care Bureau, and held other titles with the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to his government service, he was in private practice for more than 10 years and advised in the areas of heath care, insurance, corporate law and litigation.
Dering received his B.S. in Business Management from Ithaca College and his J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. His present and past volunteer activities include serving as Trustee of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, President of the Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education, Vice Chair of the Public Health Sector Task Force of the American Health Lawyers Association, church trustee, lake association board member, and youth soccer and tennis coach.
About Garfunkel Wild, P.C.
Garfunkel Wild, P.C. was founded in 1980 with a single purpose in mind: to become a pre-eminent health care law firm attending to the unique business and legal needs of its clients. Since then, the firm has grown to nearly 80 attorneys devoted to addressing the complex legal, regulatory, business and financial needs of its diverse clients.
JCOPE was established in 2011 by the Public Integrity Reform Act (“PIRA”) to oversee and regulate ethics and lobbying in New York State. The Commission consists of 14 commissioners; three appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate, three appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly, and six appointed by the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor.