Previously, Joan Lebow was a principal and partner in Ulmer & Berne LLP. She concentrated on transactions in clinical services delivery, information technology transfer and licensing, corporate organization, intellectual property development and protection, reimbursement, insurance including ERISA and managed care and regulatory compliance. Her practice focused on entrepreneurial and clinical businesses.
Previously, Ms. Lebow served as General Counsel of ibex Healthdata Systems, Inc., which provides Web-based software applications to hospitals and physicians. As General Counsel, Ms. Lebow managed and provided all legal services, including development and protection of intellectual property assets, software licensing and sublicensing, and corporate transactions and employment. She served as Corporate Secretary and was a member of the Senior Executive Team.
Ms. Lebow started the Legal Department of Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, and was its General Counsel for 13 years. During her tenure, she was responsible for regulatory compliance, and corporate transactions and managed all trials and appeals. She handled all insurance, including commercial and general liability, malpractice liability and self-insurance. Ms. Lebow provided all regulatory and transactional support of insurance subsidiaries. She also managed the regulatory compliance of the Medical Center, with emphasis in the areas of public and private reimbursement and clinical operations.
Prior to her work at Illinois Masonic, Ms. Lebow served as Assistant General Counsel of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she engaged in a broad healthcare and corporate practice. She represented Northwestern in state and federal administrative hearings, and handled ERISA and employee benefit issues, medical staff and licensed professional regulatory affairs. As an associate with the firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook, she handled direct litigation and appeals, insurance coverage disputes and general corporate matters.
Ms. Lebow is an Adjunct Professor of Health Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago-Kent College of Law, and is a Scholar affiliated with the Institute of Science, Law and Technology, a joint program between IIT and Chicago-Kent. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, and is a past President, Officer and Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association. She serves on the Board of the Little City Foundation, advises the Board of Directors of The Family Institute and actively raises funds for the Bottomless Closet and Literature for All of Us. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Senior Business Women's Forum.
Ms. Lebow received her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Philosophy from Pitzer College, The Claremont Colleges, in 1975, and received her JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, in 1978.