“You need experience. We have vast experience in every aspect of the industry and utilize that experience in every service. ”

TIMOTHY CALLENDER, ESQ.
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
legal team


Adam V. Russo, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
arusso@phiagroup.com
 

Adam V. Russo, Esq. is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Phia Group LLC; an experienced provider of health care cost containment techniques offering comprehensive claims recovery, plan document and consulting services designed to control health care costs and protect plan assets. The Phia Group’s overall mission is to reduce the cost of plans through its recovery strategies, innovative technologies, and legal expertise.

Attorney Russo is also the founder and managing partner of The Law Offices of Russo & Minchoff, a full-service law firm with offices in Boston and Braintree, MA. Attorney Russo’s practice is devoted to representing employers, plan fiduciaries, third-party administrators and carriers in employment and employee benefits matters throughout the United States.  He is a frequent speaker and author on health care and employee benefits topics at webinars, conferences and seminars across the country.

Attorney Russo obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School and a Masters Degree in Finance from the Frank Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also acquired an undergraduate degree from Suffolk University, where he double majored in Political Science and Public Relations. He was recognized by Suffolk University with the 2005 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

Attorney Russo is the 2019 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) and serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU). He also proudly serves on the Board of Directors at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, Massachusetts.  Attorney Russo is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Adam and his wife Kelly have four wonderful children - Soli, Maeve, Samuel and Shae.  In addition to spending his spare time with his family and friends, Adam enjoys watching his beloved Cleveland Indians baseball team. 



Ron E. Peck, Esq.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
rpeck@phiagroup.com
 

Ron E. Peck has been a member of The Phia Group’s team since 2006.  As an ERISA attorney with The Phia Group, Ron has been an innovative force in the drafting of improved benefit plan provisions, handled complex subrogation and third party recovery disputes, healthcare direct contracting and spearheaded efforts to combat the steadily increasing costs of healthcare.  

Considered to be not only one of the nation’s top ERISA lawyers, Attorney Peck is also viewed as one of the nation’s premier self-funded health plan consultants and health benefits attorney; lecturing at and participating in many industry gatherings including but not limited to The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (“NASP”) Litigation Skills Conference, Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (“SPBA”), the Health Care Administrator’s Association (“HCAA”), The Health Plan Alliance, and Self-Insurance Institute of America (“SIIA”).  Ron is also frequently called upon to educate plan administrators and stop-loss carriers regarding changing laws and best practices.  Ron’s theories regarding benefit plan administration and healthcare have been published in many industry periodicals, and have received much acclaim.  Prior to joining The Phia Group, Ron was a member of a major pharmaceutical company’s in-house legal team, a general practitioner’s law office, and served as a judicial clerk.  Ron is also currently of-counsel with The Law Offices of Russo & Minchoff.

Attorney Peck obtained his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.  Attorney Peck now serves as The Phia Group’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and is also a dedicated member of SIIA’s Government Relations Committee.

 



Tim Callender, Esq.
  Vice President, Sales & Marketing
tcallender@phiagroup.com
 
Tim serves as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Phia Group, LLC. Prior to his current role, Tim served as a health care lawyer, staff attorney and lead PACE counsel for The Phia Group.
 
Before joining The Phia Group, Tim spent years functioning as in-house legal counsel for a third party administrator. Tim is well-versed in complex appeals, direct provider negotiations, plan document interpretation, stop-loss conflict resolution; keeping abreast of regulatory demands, vendor contract disputes, and many other issues unique to the self-funded industry.

Tim has spoken on a variety of industry topics at respected venues such as the Self-Insurance Institute of America (“SIIA”), the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (“SPBA”), the Health Care Administrator’s Association (“HCAA”), and the National Association of Health Underwriters (“NAHU”). Tim currently sits on the Board of Directors for HCAA as well. Prior to his time as a TPA’s in-house counsel, Tim spent many years in private practice, successfully litigating many cases through full adjudication or to resolution through mediation or arbitration.

Tim holds a leadership role with The Phia Group’s executive leadership team while continuing to assist on many general consulting and industry projects. Tim also employs his experience to focus on the development of new services and the enrichment of The Phia Group’s existing services.

Tim received his Bachelor’s Degree from The College of Idaho, prior to obtaining his Law Degree from The University of San Diego School of Law.  Tim operates out of The Phia Group’s office in Boise, Idaho.


Jennifer M. McCormick, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Consulting
jmccormick@phiagroup.com
 

Jennifer M. McCormick joined The Phia Group, LLC as corporate counsel in 2008.  As the Senior Vice President of Phia Group Consulting, Attorney McCormick concentrates on a variety of healthcare and regulatory issues facing employee benefit plans and their administrators. As Senior Vice President of Phia Group Consulting she focuses on health benefit plan regulatory compliance services, including but not limited to self funded health plan consulting, health plan exclusions, health plan limitations, health plan revisions, defining key items such as usual and customary fees, and the entire health plan summary plan description and summary of benefits and coverage. She is a constant contributor to The Phia Group’s webinars and other educational media.

Attorney McCormick earned her J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law, with certificates in Estate Planning and Family Law, and her B.A. in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University, graduating with distinction as a National Dean’s List Scholar. While attending Syracuse, Attorney McCormick served as an Intercollegiate Director of the Moot Court Honor Society and as a Student Attorney in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic where she counseled clients on state and federal tax matters and the US Tax Court appeals process.



Scott Byerley, Esq.
Vice President, Operations and Total Quality Management

Scott Byerley serves as Vice President, Operations and Total Quality Management for The Phia Group, LLC.

Scott brings 20 years of experience in subrogation and cost containment to The Phia Group, LLC, having served as an attorney and Director of Litigation for Gibson and Sharps, Vice President of Sales and Client Solutions with Trover Solutions, as well as Managing Partner of Lien Resolution Partners, and Vice President of Sales for Equian.

Scott is well versed in all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to ERISA, FEHBA, Medicare, Medicaid, and has deep knowledge of the cost containment industry, particularly as it relates to the ASO market.  Prior to joining The Phia Group, for many years Scott has worked closely with large health plans and carriers across the U.S.

Scott has been a speaker and has published several articles on various subrogation related topics, both with NASP (the “National Association of Subrogation Professionals”) and other industry organizations and publications.

Scott now holds a leadership role with The Phia Group’s executive leadership team, utilizing his experience to focus on day-to-day operations with an eye towards supporting organizational growth, efficiency and improvement.

Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Louisville, prior to obtaining his Law Degree from The University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  Scott operates out of The Phia Group’s office in Louisville, Kentucky.

 



Christopher M. Aguiar, Esq.
Vice President, Legal Recovery Services
caguiar@phiagroup.com

Christopher is a Health Benefits Lawyer and Third Party Liability Attorney who started his career as a Claims Recovery Specialist with The Phia Group in 2005 and spent the first couple of years honing his subrogation, third party recovery and negotiation skills while also learning about the incredibly complex field of subrogation and benefit plan recovery law.  Chris quickly became a valuable asset to the recovery department as a trainer and mentor to new employees as well as a source of information and assistance for the recovery specialists. Chris has managed thousands of cases all over the country and spearheaded negotiations between plan participants, plaintiffs’ counsel, third party liability lawyers and plan administrators on matters of state and federal law, third party liability, third party recovery, as well as ERISA preemption. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of benefit plans in virtually every state and federal jurisdiction.  Most of this occurred before Chris attended law school in Boston, MA and earned his J.D. in 2014, becoming licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts later the same year.

Considered one of the nation’s top TPL attorneys and health benefits lawyers, Chris has overseen the training and education of staff in the ever developing arena of subrogation law and currently focuses a significant amount of time planning The Phia Group’s recovery strategies and resolving the most complicated issues between benefit plans, their stop loss partners, care providers, and benefit plan participants in relation to subrogation and overpayment recovery. Chris is a regular presenter on The Phia Group’s Free Monthly Webinars and a regular contributor to its quarterly newsletters. He is also a regular contributor to SIIA’s monthly publication, the “Self Insurer” and has been selected as a presenter several times for the Annual Conference for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, regarding key cases such as Sereboff v. Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. and Montanile v. Board Of Trustees. Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree from Suffolk University, prior to obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.



Jon Jablon, Esq.
Director, Provider Relations

jjablon@phiagroup.com
 

Jon joined The Phia Group’s team in 2013, after receiving his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and being admitted to the bars of New York and Massachusetts. He is well-versed in the ins and outs of ERISA, stop-loss policies, PPO agreements, administrative services agreements, and health plans. Jon works on a large variety of projects for The Phia Group’s clients, including providing advisory opinions, consultative advice, and contract review.

As the Director of Phia Group Consulting’s Provider Relations Team, Jon assists TPAs, brokers, stop-loss carriers, and other entities with disputes related to both in- and out-of-network claims, various claims payment methodologies (including reference-based pricing), appeals, medical bill negotiation, and much more.



Kelly E. Dempsey, Esq.
Director, Consulting & ICE Services
kdempsey@phiagroup.com
 

Kelly joined The Phia Group’s team in early 2014.  She is the Director of Phia Group Consulting & ICE team, specializing in plan document drafting and review, as well as a myriad of compliance matters.  Kelly’s former industry experience extends to having worked for a TPA and an insurance carrier, which has given her experience with balance billing and other provider disputes, COB for Medicare, referenced based pricing, usual & reasonable fees, as well as the other issues TPAs face on a daily basis.  Kelly brings a unique perspective to The Phia Group and is a valuable asset to its team of consultants and health benefits attorneys.

Kelly is admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio and the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Kelly earned her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business from Muskingum University (formerly Muskingum College), graduating magna cum laude. Kelly is an active member of the Medina County Bar Association, serving on its Grievance Committee, and she is a board member for Project: LEARN of Medina County (Ohio).

 



Andrew Silverio, Esq.
Compliance & Oversight Counsel
asilverio@phiagroup.com

Andrew joined The Phia Group, LLC in the summer of 2014, dealing primarily with subrogation and third party recovery, and other opportunities to recoup funds for benefit plans.  He soon branched into the consulting branch of our company, assisting clients with compliance inquiries, plan document and contract drafting and revision, reviewing vendor programs, and addressing any and all other consulting questions. He now serves as Compliance and Oversight Counsel, primary focusing is on the most complex and emerging legal and regulatory issues, both internally and for our clients as a member of Phia Group Consulting.  Andrew is also the Phia Group’s HIPAA privacy officer.

Andrew attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning his B.A. in professional music.  He then attended Suffolk University Law School, graduating with an intellectual property concentration with distinction.  There, he took the step into the healthcare realm of the legal world, serving first as an editor and content contributor, and then on the executive board of the Journal of Health and Biomedical Law.  Andrew is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

 



Brady Bizarro, Esq.
Director, Legal Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
bbizarro@phiagroup.com
 

Brady joined The Phia Group as a healthcare attorney in early 2016. As the Director of Legal Compliance & Regulatory Affairs for The Phia Group, he specializes in regulatory, transactional, and compliance matters related to healthcare and employee benefits law. He provides general consulting services to clients, including employers, third-party administrators, brokers, and vendors associated with health benefit plans on matters related to the health insurance industry, including ERISA, ACA, and HIPAA compliance. He also performs contract review and due diligence on healthcare transactions and assists with dispute resolution efforts between the various players in the healthcare industry in an effort to protect plan members and plan sponsors. Brady has previously spoken at numerous industry conferences, including those held by the Self-Insurance Institute of America (“SIIA”) and the Health Care Administrator’s Association (“HCAA”). He currently serves as a member of SIIA’s Future Leaders Committee and is a regular contributor to The Self-Insurer, the world’s leading alternative risk transfer journal.
 
Attorney Bizarro earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law, concentrating in health law. During law school, Brady served as an editor for BU Law’s International Law Journal, participated in the Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition, completed a legal internship in the U.S. House of Representatives, and wrote for the National Security Law Brief. He also worked as a summer associate at Greene LLP, a complex civil litigation firm in Boston that specializes in healthcare fraud cases, and as a Rule 3:03 attorney with BU Law’s Civil Litigation Clinic, where he represented indigent defendants in employment and discrimination cases in state court. Prior to law school, he worked as a mediator for a local consumer advocacy arm of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Brady graduated magna cum laude in 2010 from Boston University, where he was the recipient of the Herbert and Mary Greig Scholarship in American History.

 

 

 



Maribel E. McLaughlin, Esq.
Attorney at Law
mecheverry@phiagroup.com
 

Maribel joined the Phia Group, LLC as a subrogation attorney in 2016. She is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. As an attorney with The Phia Group, Maribel concentrates on subrogation and reimbursement, and she handles many challenging and complex recovery cases.

Maribel earned her B.A. from Roger Williams University in psychology and legal studies. She then attended Roger Williams University School of Law where she earned her J.D. While attending Roger Williams School of Law, Maribel served as a student-attorney for the Kent County, R.I. branch of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. After graduating law school, she practiced as a plaintiffs’ litigation attorney representing a wide variety of clients in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.

 

 



Robert Martinez, Esq.
Attorney at Law
rmartinez@phiagroup.com
 

Robert joined The Phia Group in 2019 as an Attorney for the Provider Relations team to assist clients with disputes related to both in-network, out-of-network claims, and medical bill negotiation. Prior to joining The Phia Group, Robert had his own civil litigation law practice.

Robert earned his B.A. in Economics from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and his J.D. from University of Massachusetts School of Law. He is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts.

 

 



Nicholas Bonds, Esq.
Attorney at Law
nbonds@phiagroup.com
 

Nicholas joined The Phia Group, LLC as an attorney in the winter of 2018. He is a member of Phia Group Consulting’s Independent Consultation & Evaluation (ICE) team, working on consultation, plan document review, and regulatory compliance with state and federal laws including ERISA, ACA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA and more.  

Nicholas attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, graduating cum laude with his B.A. in History. He earned his Juris Doctor at New England Law where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Law Society, and graduated with an intellectual property concentration. He is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.