Melinda A. Agsten is Immediate Past Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Health Care Department and Chair of its Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group.
Ms. Agsten has a substantial practice advising health care, educational and other tax exempt organizations on corporate, governance, federal and state tax exemption, and regulatory matters. She advises charitable organizations about the investment and use of endowment and other charitable funds, charitable solicitation, and investigations by state regulatory entities such as the Attorney General.
Ms. Agsten also advises health care organizations, including hospitals, integrated systems, clinics, home health care agencies, and other providers, on their patient, regulatory, and operating matters. Her regulatory experience includes certificate of need at the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, Medicare reimbursement and regulation, and licensure matters at DPH. She has extensive experience with charity care issues and policies, bed funds, and related payment and billing issues.
Ms. Agsten is a frequent lecturer on health care, exemption issues, and governance. She was a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School from 2012 through the 2015-2016 academic year and taught in the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic. She has been named by The Best Lawyers in America in the category for best health care lawyers every year from inception of the category (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here). Ms. Agsten has been recognized by Chambers in the category of health care lawyers (for more information about the standards for inclusion in Chambers, please click here). She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, past President of the Connecticut Health Lawyers Association, and is a member of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations, the ABA's Committee on Exempt Organizations of the Section of Taxation, and the American Health Lawyers Association.
She is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of The Foote School, an independent school in New Haven; before becoming President of the Board, she was Vice President and Chair of its Committee on Governance and Nominations for several years. She is a past Director of the Connecticut Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and served for a number of years on the Board of Finance of the City of New Haven and on its Financial Review and Audit Commission.
She graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude from Duke University and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University, where she was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.