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The Health Law Partners' Lori La Salle Successfully Represents Hospital In "Right-To-Die" Case

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lori La Salle, a partner at The Greenberg, Dresevic, Hinrichsen, Iwrey, Kalmowitz, La Salle, Lebow & Pendleton Law Group, a division of The Health Law Partners, P.C., successfully represented North Shore University Hospital in the controversial "right-to-die" case – In the Matter of the Application of Man Ho Lee, for the Appointment of a Guardian for Sungeun Grace Lee. Founding Partner Adrienne Dresevic made the announcement.

La Salle litigated in support of the hospital's duty to honor the patient's request despite an appeal to the Appellate Division, from the patient's family.

The case revolved around Sungeun Grace Lee, a 28-year-old bank manager, who is terminally ill with a brain stem tumor and is deteriorating rapidly. Lee requested to be removed from life support, but the patient's family fought that request. In order to prevent the hospital from honoring their daughter's wish, her father sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) and petitioned to be appointed as temporary guardian for Lee.

La Salle successfully vacated the TRO in Nassau Supreme Court and at the Appellate Division, arguing that the Petitioner failed to meet its burden of establishing a likelihood of success on the merits of the underlying guardianship petition, since Lee had mental capacity. Furthermore, the New York Family Health Care Decision Act supports the premise that adult patients with capacity have the right to make their own medical decisions. During the litigation, Lee chose to remain on life support despite her initial requests.

La Salle's practice incorporates all areas of health care law, with a focus on guardianship proceedings. She is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, NSLIJHS Institutional Review Board and the SHINY Policy Committee. La Salle is a registered nurse and graduated cum laude from St. John's University Law School.

Southfield, Mich.-based The Health Law Partners is a law firm dedicated to the practice of health care law. The firm takes pride in delivering progressive results for their clients and exceeding their high standards for service. Established in 2009, the firm has built a national network with additional offices in New York and Atlanta. Clients include solo practitioners, group practices, hospitals, hospice organizations and health systems. For more information visit www.thehealthlawpartners.com.

SOURCE The Health Law Partners