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Attorney Michael V. Favia served as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General, and subsequently as the Chief of Medical and Health-Related Prosecutions for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation – now known as the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – for 8 years. He has extensive experience in legal matters regarding Illinois Professional Regulation and Licensure and was Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Health Care Section Council.

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During his tenure at the IDFPR, Attorney Favia became greatly knowledgeable about the operations of the Department and health law in general.  Not only did he head the Department’s staff of legal counsel, but he also used the valuable experience he gained at the Department to publish articles in legal journals and give lectures to assist health professionals in effectively dealing with the Department in matters of professional regulation and licensure as well as medical malpractice.

Some of his publications include:

IDFPR: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation – An Overview For Health Care Professionals, Chicago Hospital News, May 2008;

A Legal Matter: Data Bank Expands to Include Nurse Disciplinary Action,
Chicago Hospital News, Volume 8 Issue 2, 2010

2008 Illinois Nurse Practice Act Shows Progress for Nurses in Illinois,
Chicago Hospital News, Volume 7 Issue 2, 2009;

Electronic Medical Records – Physicians begin to embrace technology,
Chicago Medicine Vol. 111, No. 7, 2008;

Physicians: give careful consideration to employment agreements,
Chicago Medicine Vol 110, No 15, 2007;

Attention Healthcare Practitioners: The National Data Bank Can Ruin Your Career!,
Chicago Medicine, Vol. 110, No. 4, 2007;

Fee Splitting MRI Imaging Services Case May Pique the IDFPR’s Interest,
Chicago Medicine, Vol. 109, No. 16, 2007

Illinois Supreme Court Decision Warrants Review of  Physician Business Arrangements,
Illinois Bar Journal, Spring 2007

Reporting Requirements in Settlements,
Illinois Institue for Continuing Legal Education, Medical Malpractice Volume, 2006.

A Pharmacists’ Guide to the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation,
Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Vol. VIII, April 1995

A Common Guide to Controlled Substance Prescribing,
Chicago Medical Journal 24, 1994.

Michael Favia also presented numerous lectures at the Illinois Bar Association on the following topics:

Department of Professional Regulation Issues, Illinois State Bar
Association Health Care Section seminar on Representing Health
Care Providers in a Changing Environment, May 2003

Guest speaker at a seminar on Detecting and Treating the
problem of Drug-Seeking Patients at a combined meeting of the
Lake County Medical Society and Northeast Illinois
Pharmacist’s Association.  Michael spoke on State Regulation of
the Health-Related Professional, 2002

The State Regulation of Physicians, Illinois State Bar
Association, 1996

Practice Before the Illinois Department of Professional
Regulation, Illinois State Bar Association, 1995

Interprofessional Relations and Cooperation, Illinois State Bar
Association, 1992

Now, in private practice, Michael Favia uses this health-related expertise on behalf of his clients, who include:

  • physicians
  • pharmacists
  • psychologists
  • nurses
  • dentists
  • chiropractors
  • optometrists
  • podiatrists
  • osteopaths
  • veterinarians
  • physical therapists
  • health care professionals
  • hospitals
  • health care providers
  • and almost every other profession regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations

He has retained his close ties to the medical community and is currently counsel for:

Illinois Eye Institute Medical Malpractice Task Force, 2002 – Present

Hispanic Service Cooperation of America, 2000 – Present

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, 1999-Present

Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, 1998 – Present