We are lawyers dedicated to employing our deep knowledge and unique experience to support the needs of health care providers and life sciences clients.  We understand the complex legal issues that surround health care delivery and the development and marketing of innovative products and services.  Our lawyers have immersed themselves in the health care and life sciences industry and bring many years of experience to their practice.  We bring energy, commitment, passion, and integrity to all that we do.


Robyn S. Shapiro

Attorney and Founder

(414) 206-2101 phone
(414) 206-2109 fax

My longstanding passion and experience within the health care and life sciences industries drive the manner in which I provide legal services to clients.  My goal in working with health care providers and life sciences companies is to protect the innovative products and services that they provide, to guide and help give expression to their passion to improve human health.

In my practice, I provide legal counsel on matters relating to health care compliance, research compliance, corporate compliance, bioethics, medical staff matters, health information privacy, and corporate and commercial issues faced by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and health care providers.

I have been ranked by Chambers USA as a Leader in Life Sciences: Regulatory/Compliance (Nationwide) for the past 3 years; I was named one of 10 “Outstanding Hospital Lawyers” by Nightingale’s Healthcare News; I was one of 12 honorees selected as “Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal; I have been listed in Best Lawyers in America, a number of Who’s Who listings and Wisconsin Super Lawyers;  and I have been named a “Woman of Influence” by the Milwaukee Business Journal and Milwaukee’s Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.  My past position as Ursula von Der Ruhr Professor of Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and my 26-year leadership as Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin complement my wide-ranging experience in health care and life sciences law.

I have been honored to provide counsel to policymakers at the state and federal levels, including service as an appointed member of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, and the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Xenotransplantation.  I frequently present at national conferences on health care and life sciences issues, and I have authored more than 60 articles and book chapters on these and other topics.

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Jeremy Shapiro-Barr


(414) 206-2103 phone
(414) 206-2109 fax

I advise clients in the health care and life sciences industries through complex legal challenges in the areas of global data privacy, security, and clinical research.  I provide transactional and regulatory advice to my clients, helping them adapt to changes in the law and working collaboratively with them to develop practical solutions to comply with legal requirements.  I assist clients in developing data protection policies, implementing training programs, and drafting and negotiating contracts.

My experience includes:

  • Negotiation of a wide array of privacy related contracts, including business associate agreements, data use agreements, and data processing agreements
  • Assisting clients in determining the applicability of global data protection laws to their organizational activities, and advising them on requirements under those laws
  • Assisting clients in responding to HIPAA and state law privacy breaches
  • Negotiation of clinical trial agreements, site management agreements, and contract research organization agreements on behalf of global clinical trial sponsors and research sites
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Julie2Julie Rusczek


(414) 206-2102 phone
(414) 206-2109 fax

My experience within the health care and life sciences industries positions me as a reliable go-to for the legal support and guidance needed by institutions, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and other organizations in their pursuit of developing innovative new products and treatments.  As a biology major in college with a life-long interest in science, I find that practicing law in the health care and life sciences space allows me to follow my passions on a daily basis.

My practice focuses on research compliance issues involving protection of human subjects under FDA and HHS regulations, research policy development and review, research agreement drafting and negotiation, and compliance with privacy laws and transparency reporting requirements.

My work touches the greater health care community as well, as I provide health systems, hospitals and long-term care providers with the legal guidance needed to address day-to-day health law issues, including informed consent, patient confidentiality, fraud and abuse, and medical staff matters.

I regularly speak at national conferences focusing on research issues, including PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research Conference and MAGI’s Clinical Research Conference. I also co-author a chapter covering fraud and abuse in clinical research in Bloomberg BNA’s treatise entitled Health Law Fraud and Abuse: Practical Perspectives.

Outside of the office, I enjoy hiking, camping, baking, and spending time with my husband and young son and daughter.  My family frequently visits the coast of Maine and spends as much time on and near the water as possible, beachcombing, kayaking, sailing, and fishing.  You’ll often find The New Yorker or a Nathaniel Philbrick book on my nightstand and Celtic music playing in the family minivan (when the kids allow a departure from KidzBop and the Frozen soundtrack).

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Charles Barr

Of Counsel

(414) 491-4412 phone
(414) 892-5752 fax

I serve Health Sciences Law Group in an “Of Counsel” (auxiliary) role. With 44 years of broad practice experience, I assist in representing health care clients, advise and advocate for clients in other practice areas, and act as general counsel to the firm. In addition, I serve as a Wisconsin Supreme Court Referee in attorney disciplinary and medical incapacity cases, and as an arbitrator on the Commercial and Consumer Panels of the American Arbitration Association.

In my role as arbitrator, I don’t see myself as a judge lacking only a robe and an elevated platform. Because my role is to serve only the parties in the case before me, case management is never a “my way or the highway” proposition. I listen carefully to the parties’ views about what they need in order to present their respective cases, and when possible, I suggest ways to streamline the case using the flexibility inherent in the arbitral forum. To the extent the parties reasonably agree on procedural matters, they can custom-design the arbitration to suit their needs. When resolving disagreements on procedural matters I strive for the most economical, timely, and balanced solution consistent with each party’s right to a full and fair opportunity to present its case.

I invariably issue reasoned awards that explain my analysis of the evidence and applicable law in as much detail as necessary to demonstrate how I reached the ultimate result. I never issue a mere “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” award, even if permitted by the arbitration agreement. Nor do I ever issue an award consisting only of findings of fact and conclusions of law that fail to explain how I resolved the parties’ competing factual contentions and legal arguments material to the issues presented.

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