Karen L. Illuzzi Gallinari

  • Adjunct Professor


BA, New York University
JD, New York Law School, Cum Laude

Karen L. Illuzzi Gallinari, Esq. is an Adjunct Professor and teaches Public Health Law.

Mrs. Gallinari has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare law, compliance, litigation, medical research and bioethics. 

Prior to joining Pace, Mrs. Gallinari held positions as Senior Compliance Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Research, Director of Compliance and Privacy Officer at Montefiore Medical Center, and Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Staten Island University Hospital.  She also served as Vice President for Patient and Family Services for the American Cancer Society, and NYS Chair of the National Patient Advocate Foundation.   Prior to her in-house positions, Ms. Gallinari was a litigator with the firm of Anderson Kill Olick & Oshinsky, P.C.  Karen applied the firm’s insurance coverage expertise to patients and medical institutions seeking to secure insurance coverage for state-of-the-art medical treatments.  She also organized a national network of pro-bono attorneys experienced in handling health insurance disputes.

Ms. Gallinari graduated Cum Laude from New York Law School and graduated with a B.A. from New York University.  She also holds a Certificate in Bioethics from the Montefiore – Einstein Center for Bioethics.

Mrs. Gallinari is admitted to practice in New York State and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  She is Chair Elect of the NYS Bar Association’s Health Law Section and is an active member of  the Health Law Section’s Biotechnology / Medical Research and Public Health Committees and the NY City Bar Association’s Bioethical Issues Committee.

Ms. Gallinari’s health law and public health related publications include: “Gene Editing in Context”, NYSBA Health Law Journal, Vol. 23 (3) Winter 2018 at p. 66; “Biobanks: Goals, Challenges, Ethics and the Law”, NYSBA Health Law Journal, Vol. 20 (3) Fall 2015 at p. 69; and “Does Health Care Reform Make Every Provider and Public Health Practitioner a Researcher? The Brave New World of Advancing Public Health Using Data in Research, Practice and Quality Control”, NYSBA Health Law Journal, Vol. 17 (2) Spring 2012 at p. 67;

“Outside Counsel; Insurance Coverage for State-of-the-Art Medical Treatments”, NY Law Journal, Jan.12, 1996 at p. 1.