Michal E. Ovadia

Michal Ovadia is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Health Care practice.  Michal provides counsel to hospital systems, academic medical centers, and medical schools.  Michal also counsels clients through complex internal, state, and federal investigations, and she is a member of Nixon Peabody’s State Attorneys General practice.  Michal joined Nixon Peabody as a litigation associate before shifting her practice to the health care space, and she continues to represent clients in all phases of litigation.

What do you focus on?


I represent clients through all stages of state and federal government investigations and related litigation. My practice also encompasses internal and regulatory investigations, risk mitigation, and compliance matters in the health care space as well as other industries.

Medical Staff Issues

I assist hospital clients with resolving issues related to medical staff bylaws, physician and resident discipline and reporting, and compliance with Joint Commission standards and applicable law. I also conduct medical staff hearings and appeals.

Graduate Medical Education

I counsel academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, and medical schools with respect to attaining and maintaining Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education and American Osteopathic Association accreditation of the graduate medical education programs. I assist clients with all aspects of the application process, and I am also equipped to manage appeals and reconsiderations.

What do you see on the horizon?

I anticipate that the Biden-Harris administration will intensify government oversight and prioritize white collar offenses. Regulatory and enforcement agencies are expected to focus their efforts on a number of industries, including the life sciences, environmental, and financial services sectors. I also expect an uptick in False Claims Act enforcement actions in particular. Businesses are encouraged to conduct internal risk assessments and update compliance policies and procedures to ensure best practices.


  • “Proposed Class Action Data Breach Suit Against Health Insurer Quashed for Lack of Sufficient Injury,” Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report, September 2016
  • “Proposed class action data breach suit against health insurer quashed for lack of sufficient injury,” Privacy Alert, June 2, 2016
  • “Health care data breach case highlights risk to companies for unauthorized use of data by employees,” Health Care Alert, May 13, 2016
  • “Fourth Circuit: insurer has obligation to provide defense under CGL policy to data breach claim,” Health Care Litigation Alert, April 25, 2016
  • “California hospital settles data breach case with largest per plaintiff payout in history,” Health Care Alert, March 28, 2016
  • “Second Circuit disagrees with Fifth Circuit on who is a whistleblower under Dodd-Frank—bound for the Supreme Court?,” Securities Law Alert, September 14, 2015
  • “The New NPDB Guidebook brings changes for hospital and health care entity reporting of adverse clinical privileges actions,“ Health Care Alert, June 19, 2015
  • “CMS releases revised 855R Application for Reassignment of Medicare Benefits,” Health Care Alert, December 2, 2014
  • “Tax Breaks for Tattle Tales: Legislating to Catch Craigslist Criminals,” Hofstra Law Review, 2013

Can businesses require COVID-19 vaccination proof?

Newsday | April 28, 2021

This article on whether businesses can require vaccination proof from their customers quotes Long Island Health Care associate Michal Ovadia for her outlook on customers that are not able to verify their vaccination status and how this is ultimately uncharted territory.


Michal E. Ovadia


Long Island

Phone: 516-832-7634

Fax: 844-528-8515

Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, J.D.

Hofstra University, B.A., summa cum laude

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

New Jersey

Michal Ovadia received a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Health Care Law in 2022 and 2021.

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  • New York State Bar Association, Member and Women in the Law Committee Member, Co-Chair, Legislative Subcommittee
  • Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member
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