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2018 Law Review - University of the Sciences/Philadelphia College of Pharmacy


Thursday, May 10th, 2018 - Federal and Pennsylvania Review

Location: McNeil Science and Technology Center (McNeil STC) 145



8:30 a.m. – Registration/ Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Federal Review begins

12 noon – Box Lunch

12:45 p.m. – Federal Review resumes

2:00 p.m. – Federal Review concludes and

                 Pennsylvania Review begins

4:00 p.m. – Pennsylvania Review concludes



Kimberly Burns, JD.


Friday, May 11th, 2018 - New Jersey Review

Location: Lecture Hall Griffith Hall C




8:30 a.m. – Registration/ Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – New Jersey Review begins

12 noon – New Jersey Review concludes



Satish Poondi, RPh, Esq.

Angelo Cifaldi, RPh, Esq.


*Short breaks (sodas will be provided ) will occur during both the a.m. and p.m. sections.  Course will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and follow a full schedule.  Ending times are approximate.



About The Instructors:



Kimberly Burns, JD.

Kimberly Burns is a Professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, located in Erie, PA.  She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy (cum laude) and her Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University Law School (cum laude).  She is both a licensed pharmacist and attorney in Pennsylvania.

Kim has been a professor at the LECOM School of Pharmacy since 2002.  Her teaching responsibilities include Pharmacy Law and Ethics and an elective advanced practice rotation site at the Erie County Department of Health, where she primarily contributes to local prescription drug abuse efforts.  In addition to her academic career, she practiced community pharmacy for over 15 years and has consulted on various legal cases regarding pharmacy law issues.  She has also written a number of papers and commentaries, and has made presentations at the local, state, and national level on a variety of pharmacy law topics. 

Professor Burns has been active in several state and national pharmacy organizations, including the American Society of Pharmacy Law where she served as board member and president.  Professor Burns has also been recognized with various awards for her leadership and contributions to community service, research, and teaching.



Satish Poondi, PRh, Esq.

Mr. Satish Poondi is a Shareholder in the Mass Tort and Class Action groups at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. A registered pharmacist, Mr. Poondi brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience in law and science, which allows him to provide his clients with strategies that address both the legal and commercial aspects of each matter.

Mr. Poondi’s clients come from all sectors of the pharmacy industry, including: independent pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, retail chains, wholesalers, hospitals, and compounding pharmacies.  He represents healthcare professionals, as well as healthcare entities, before licensing boards, including: the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy, New Jersey Medicaid, Medicare, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office for Civil Rights. He provides guidance on the regulatory requirements associated with the sale and purchase of pharmacies, as well as:

  • Licensing concerns
  • Medicaid/third party audits
  • Defense against Medicaid/Medicare fraud charges
  • HIPAA compliance
  • DEA regulatory compliance/hearings
  • Mail order pharmacies

Mr. Poondi is a guest lecturer at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and an advisor to multiple pharmacy organizations.  He understands the importance of educating lawyers and healthcare providers alike by regularly lecturing at continuing education seminars and programs sponsored by academic institutions, professional organizations and retail chains on relevant, topical pharmaceutical legal issues.

In addition to his administrative law practice, Mr. Poondi also advocates for patients injured by defective products against large pharmaceutical companies.  He also represents clients with lung cancer and mesothelioma caused by their exposure to asbestos.

Mr. Poondi is a member of the firm’s Cyber State Legal Resource Group.  In that capacity, he consults with pharmacies and other healthcare providers on a variety of issues relating to the transmission and receipt of patient records, including: developing policy manuals, drafting privacy notices and related documents, conducting employee training regarding HIPAA compliance and data sharing, regulatory filing requirements and business associate agreements related to Medication Therapy Management.

Mr. Poondi is also an active member of the community.  He is the legal advisor for the Indian Business Association, and advisory board member for the New Leaders Council.  He previously served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Community Relations for the township of Edison.  In addition, Mr. Poondi is on the Executive Board of various Middlesex County based community associations.



Angelo Cifaldi, RPh, Esq.

Mr. Angelo Cifaldi is a Shareholder at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer P.A., Co-chair of the firm’s Mass Tort and Class Actions groups, a member of the management committee, and the firm’s Vice President. A licensed pharmacist in New Jersey, Mr. Cifaldi focuses his practice on mass tort litigation and pharmacy administrative law.

With regard to his mass tort and class action practice, during the past 33 years Mr. Cifaldi has collected over one billion dollars for victims of:

  • Asbestos exposure, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma
  • Chemical exposure
  • Environmental pollution, including ground water and air contamination

Notably, Mr. Cifaldi has been on the forefront of asbestos and environmental litigation. He has achieved several successful single case recoveries, including $38.5 million and $17.5 million resolutions for the victims of a ground water contamination, and numerous multimillion dollar recoveries for asbestos victims. He has also handled various pro bono matters, including most notably the representation of widows and relatives of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

As to his pharmacy administration practice, Mr. Cifaldi represent hundreds of pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, wholesalers, and other healthcare providers in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He is considered a leading authority on pharmacy law in New Jersey and has handled numerous matters and hearings before the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy, DEA, FDA, Medicare and New Jersey Medicaid. A few of the many services he provides:

  • New Jersey Board of Pharmacy Hearings
  • Regulatory compliance audits, including site inspections
  • Sale/purchase of pharmacy
  • Licensing issues
  • Medicaid/3rd party audits
  • Federal and state compounding
  • Mail order pharmacies
  • HIPAA compliance
  • DEA regulatory compliance/hearings
  • Defend Against Medicaid/Medicare Fraud Charges, including criminal charges
  • Wholesale licensing

Mr. Cifaldi has also been an adjunct associate professor of Pharmacy Law and Bioethics at Rutgers College of Pharmacy for over 30 years. In addition, Mr. Cifaldi presents numerous continuing education seminars on pharmacy law related issue for groups such as Rutgers University, New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association, Garden State Pharmacy Owners Association, Westchester and Rockland Society of Pharmacists, Pakistani-American Pharmacists Association, Indo American Pharmaceutical Society, New York State Department of Health-AIDS Institute, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and others.

Mr. Cifaldi is also involved in civic activities as the chairman for the North Haledon Recreation Commission. He has held that position since 1983. He serves as the regional vice president of the American Amateur Baseball Congress.  For over 30 years, he has also been coaching a team of college and ex professional baseball players in the Met League, a summer baseball league in Northern New Jersey. He is a former Councilman and Council President of the Borough of North Haledon and continues to be active politically in Passaic County.


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