Rebecca L. Avitia is a preeminent civil law attorney in the state, specializes in health, employment and commercial law. She has previously served as the President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and Vice Chair to the ABA Health Law Section’s Health Care Litigation and Risk Management Interest Group and Membership Committee, and is currently serving as the ABA Health Law Section’s Membership Committee Co-Chair. Locally, her record of service includes volunteering as a guest judge and on the Advisory Board of the Albuquerque Metro Teen Court, as a member of the State Bar’s Committee for Professionalism, and through various initiatives of the NM Hispanic Bar Association. She has an “AV” rating from the attorney rating service Martindale-Hubbell; has been listed in American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel as a Top Rated Lawyer in employment/labor law; and was named a Southwest Rising Star in commercial litigation by SuperLawyers. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University and her Baccalaureate from Trinity University.
As to the courses she will be teaching this year, one on internal investigations and the other on health care fraud and abuse, Rebecca is uniquely qualified. Among other things, Rebecca has performed internal investigations in both New York and New Mexico related to employment, health and securities law, as well as a matter involving wire-tapping. The White Papers that resulted from these investigations have been addressed to the Securities Exchange Commission, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department and, of course, internally to clients. In addition to her practical experience performing internal investigations, she has also presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar on the subject of internal investigations for the Health Law Section in its Fall 2011 Symposium. Rebecca’s experience as to health care fraud and abuse law also extends beyond the internal investigation context, as Rebecca has represented numerous health care clients in responding to allegations of fraud and abuse before the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney Generals’ Office, the United States Attorney in the District of New Mexico, the New Mexico Human Services Department, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and various New Mexico Licensing boards.