Francine Katz Named NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year Finalist

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Francine H. Katz EsqPATERSON, NJ [APRIL 17, 2013] - Francine Halushka Katz, Esq., vice president and general counsel at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Paterson, NJ, has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year Awards program, Non-profit Organization category.


The General Counsel of the Year Awards program honors New Jersey's standout General Counsels, Chief Legal Officers, and corporate compliance professionals for the critical role they play in making their companies successful. Produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey's premiere business news publication, the program is sponsored by Nicoll Davis & Spinella LLP, Real Estate Strategies, Update Discovery, Gibbons P.C., Archer & Greiner P.C., K&L Gates, Budd Larner, and Deloitte.


"In today's challenging health care environment, St. Joseph's is proud to have Francine Katz at its legal helm," states William A. McDonald, president and chief executive officer at St. Joseph's Healthcare System.


Francine Halushka Katz, Esq., is a talented hospital general counsel with extensive, well-rounded experience in health care law and hospital leadership. With nearly twenty years of success serving as general counsel of New Jersey non-profit health care systems and working for large law firms specializing in healthcare finance, Ms. Katz is adept at directing multiple priorities. As the general counsel for integrated multi-hospital St. Joseph's Healthcare System since June of 2010, she demonstrates excellence in her professional successes, strategic leadership, legal direction, and commitment to community service. Ms. Katz is a passionate advocate and fundraiser for the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), a national voluntary health organization, and is honored to be a past ALR National Volunteer of the Year.


Ms. Katz graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a juris doctor degree. She is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree in Public Relations. She is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and New Jersey Bar Association. She resides in Montville Township, New Jersey with her husband and two boys who fill her free time with many sports activities and events.


The NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges using a scoring system based on: career successes, legal victories and achievements, professional services provided and community service. The General Counsel of the Year Awards finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.


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