Maria D. Garcia is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Healthcare Practice at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, and focuses her practice on health care law and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience in managed care litigation and advising healthcare providers regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health plan issues. Maria also provides guidance to health care providers on various legal issues, such as business expansion, federal and state regulatory compliance, practice formation, joint ventures, managed care contracting, and non-compete agreements. Maria has assisted a variety of providers in recovering over $175 million in underpaid reimbursements for healthcare services. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Florida International University (FIU), and earned her Juris Doctor from the FIU College of Law, where she was President of the Moot Court.
In 2018 and 2019, Maria was named a “Top Lawyer” in Healthcare in the South Florida Legal Guide. In 2019, Florida Trend Magazine named her as one of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in the State of Florida. In 2016, she was honored by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce with the Rising Star “Model Star” Award for her work in the South Florida community and legal profession. Maria’s skills and efforts as an attorney were also recognized in 2010 when the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named her one of the “40 Under 40 Outstanding Attorneys of Miami Dade County.”
Maria is also devoted to the community, and served as President of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) and President of the Florida International University Alumni Association. She is Chairperson of the City of Coral Gables Board of Adjustment and serves on the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Chambers of Commerce.
It is extremely rewarding to be an attorney, and I have the opportunity to counsel my clients and guide them through issues in the healthcare industry every day – from litigation to how to grow their businesses and serve patients. It is also a great honor to give back to our community through my involvement in various organizations such as the Cuban American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Health Law Section, and Florida International University Alumni Association.
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Garcia's family had owned a business in Santiago de Cuba, one of the island's largest cities, until Fidel Castro's government took it and imprisoned him for speaking out in 1961. For Garcia's father Jose Antonio Garcia, disagreeing with Castro's communist ideas and policies meant 12 years behind bars.
Throughout the last few months, there has been increasing evidence of Cuba’s involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Cuba’s core contribution? Its people.
A federal judge sided with UnitedHealthcare and other payers in a case that challenged an Overpayment Rule adopted by CMS in 2014.
On July 16, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, to the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh is a conservative jurist who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006. A graduate of Yale and then Yale Law, Kavanaugh clerked for President Kennedy and then worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, assisting with Starr's investigations into President Bill Clinton.
“Consulting and Royalty Agreements with Physicians: A Look at this Business Relationship in Light of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute,” South Florida Legal Guide Midyear Edition 2012.
"Payor Unilateralism: Health Care Providers Beware,” South Florida Legal Guide 2012 Edition.
Florida Department of Health (DOH) Professional License Renewal Process Now Includes Continued Education Review,” Florida Bar Health Law Updates, February 2014.
CMS Finalizes New Rule Addressing Telehealth Benefits in Medicare Advantage Health Plans
“Florida’s New PPO Balance Billing Prohibition: Outlook for Providers and Patients,” South Florida Legal Guide 2017 Edition.
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“As part of our ongoing commitment to attract the best and brightest, we are thrilled to add these lawyers, who, in addition to being great lawyers, are great people who will bring value to our clients and the community,” said firm President Harley Tropin.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is a complex commercial litigation firm founded in 1982 that focuses its practice on bet-the-company commercial cases, class actions, healthcare and bankruptcy matters.