Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., 2004
Boston University, Boston, MA, B.A. International Relations, cum laude, 2001
Admissions to Practice
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
State of New York
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
Boston Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association
Awards and Recognitions
Rising Star, Health Care Law, New England Super Lawyers (2011)
Rising Star, Criminal Defense, New England Super Lawyers (2009)
Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence
Panelist, “Developments in Health Care Law," Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (2011)
Publications and Press
Contributor to “Developments in Health Care Law" materials, Boston Bar Association (2011)
Pro Bono / Community Service
Council member, Lutheran Church of the Newtons
Participant and volunteer, Newton Winter Walk for HomeStart (providing housing solutions for the homeless) (2009-2011)
Volunteer attorney, Framingham Project for Incarcerated Women
Serina Q. Barkley
617 371 1029
Clients and Industries
During her career, Serina has primarily represented physicians and other licensed medical professionals, as well as medical device and technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and other health care institutions.
Practice Areas and Experience
Serina’s practice focuses on the juncture between criminal defense and health care law. She is particularly experienced at helping clients to avoid or minimize the complex collateral consequences that criminal charges can have on a medical professional’s license, accreditation and ability to participate in Medicare and private insurance programs.
She routinely handles all types of federal and state government investigations faced by medical professionals. These include investigations by the United States Department of Justice, the FDA, the DEA, the Office of the Inspector General of Health & Human Services, the various state prosecutor offices and the Board of Registration in Medicine. Her practice also includes acting as personal counsel to medical professionals battling the internal peer review process and in disputes over reports made to agencies such as the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Serina has periodically represented clients in the health care industry and other commercial sectors in matters relating to employment disputes as well.
Professional Experience Outside of Collora LLP
Serina joined Collora LLP in 2007 after serving three years as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
Sample of Results in Practice *
Successfully represented physician during internal peer review process and subsequent National Practitioner Data Bank report dispute, getting hospital to retract an improper report related to a cluster of medical occurrences.
Successfully represented physician in Medicaid audit appeal, obtaining a substantial reduction in monetary claims for alleged excess reimbursements.
Successfully represented more than a dozen pharmaceutical company employees in connection with government investigation of alleged off-label marketing practices. No charges were filed against any of the clients.
Successfully represented a medical research scientist in employment termination dispute, obtaining a settlement satisfactory to the client without necessity of trial.
Obtained dismissal of MCAD complaint against a local employer wrongfully charged with discrimination by seven employees.
Successfully negotiated a settlement of claims brought against a technology company client embroiled in a dispute involving allegations of patent infringement, breach of contract and breach of warranty.
* This sampling of cases represents a selected, small portion of this lawyer’s total experience, and past performance is not intended to be a representation of likely future results, which must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.