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Jessica Gottlieb Empestan '02 and Daniel  Gottlieb '09, siblings and colleagues

Jessica Gottlieb Empestan ’02 and her brother, Dan Gottlieb ’09, reconnected in August with their former health law professor, Kathleen M.Boozang. The career paths of these Seton Hall Law graduates reflect the breadth of preparation they received at Seton Hall’s top-ranked Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. They are featured in the Fall 2013 issue of the Seton Hall Law alumni magazine.

The Center for Health pursues a dual mission: educate the next generation of attorneys in the specialized fields of health and life sciences, and generate scholarship to help shape health policy at the state and national levels. 

Empestan and Gottlieb represent the first time that two siblings graduated with a J.D. concentration in Health Law.

Empestan practiced health law at a large New Jersey firm before moving in-house, and now serves as regulatory counsel in the Law Department of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick. “The Health Law concentration gave me the skill set to demonstrate immediate value in the firm,” She says. “The degree also opened the door to more challenging work, direct client interaction, and an early move to an in-house counsel position.”

The J.D. Health Law concentration, which now also offers a compliance track, is the cornerstone of a program that educates and trains current and future, industry professionals. In addition, Seton Hall Law also offers an M.S.J. (Masters of Science in Jurisprudence), an LL.M. (Master of Laws), a Healthcare Compliance Certification Program and graduate certificates available through its new Division of Online Learning.

Dean Boozang explains, “This region is host to more than 3,100 pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industry companies. At the same time, our urban hospitals serve some of the poorest of the poor, and many uninsured who will not necessarily be aided by healthcare reform. Seton Hall Law prepares lawyers who will address all of these needs.”

Dan Gottlieb thrives as an Associate at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in Washington D.C., where he also spent a summer after his second year of law school. For him, the educational experience was a career changer: “The Health Law concentration gave me the building blocks I needed to pivot from a career as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry to a career as a healthcare and life sciences attorney.”

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