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Andrés J. Gallegos

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P: 312.456.0381
E: agallegos@rsplaw.com

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Andres J. Gallegos concentrates his practice on disability rights and healthcare law.  He founded and spearheads the RSP’s disability rights practice, where the firm’s main emphasis is to improve access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all types of disabilities, across the country. To attain accessible healthcare services for persons with disabilities and effectuate systemic change, our firm utilizes a three-prong approach of:

  • education (for consumers and providers);
  • advocacy;
  • litigation, when required.

Education
Through in-person workshops and webinars, Andre and his team educate persons with disabilities and their advocates of their civil and legal rights to accessible healthcare, and how to strengthen their patient advocacy.  They also provide training to healthcare providers, including residents and medical students, on their legal obligations to ensure persons with disabilities receive the equal opportunity to benefit from their facilities and services; disability cultural competency and disability etiquette. Andres has written numerous articles for national and state professional healthcare and legal organizations on matters relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act’s, the Rehabilitation Act’s and the Affordable Care Act’s application to healthcare providers, and frequently speaks on those subjects to local and national professional organizations.

Advocacy
Andres leads RSP’s collaborative efforts with hospitals, healthcare systems, national dental and retail healthcare providers to ensure that persons across all types of disabilities receive the equal opportunity to benefit from their facilities and services. His team has achieved great success using this approach in improving access to clinics and offices of the two leading national dental care providers on behalf of persons with mobility impairments who utilize mobility devices, persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and persons with visual impairments; at the clinics of the three leading national retail health clinic providers on behalf of persons with mobility impairments who utilize mobility devices, persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and persons with visual impairments; and at medical offices and hospitals of numerous local and regional healthcare systems on behalf of persons across all types of disabilities.

Litigation
When necessary, Andre utilize the courts to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, including the filing of class action lawsuits to attain systemic relief.  His team has been successful in prosecuting class action lawsuits to enhance the accessibility of eye care services for persons with mobility impairments who utilize mobility devices at clinics of the seven leading national eye care providers; to address accessibility barriers at offices of a leading national dental care provider on behalf of persons with mobility impairments who utilize mobility devices, persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and persons with visual impairments; and to address accessibility barriers on behalf of persons across all types of disabilities at local and regional hospitals and healthcare systems.

Healthcare – Outside Counsel
Andres serves as outside counsel for various profit and not-for-profit healthcare facilities, and group practices. He represents and counsels them on a variety of matters. Among them:

  • group practice formation
  • physician and professional employment matters
  • shareholder and governance issues
  • contracting and licensing issues
  • physician joint ventures
  • clinical integration
  • compliance matters

Multi-party Agreements
Andres negotiates and structures multi-party agreements for, and between, healthcare providers, such as technology licensing, employment, medical director, stock purchase, and shareholders’ agreements; between health care providers and laboratories and equipment suppliers, such as services, lease and purchase agreements; complex managed care agreements between health care providers HMOs, PPOs and other third-party payers; and between health care entities, such as professional services, joint venture, stock and asset acquisition agreements.

In the Community
Andres was appointed in January 2010 by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to be a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities. He was selected as a Delegate by the National Council on Disabilities to its Summit on National Disability Policy 2010. He also is the co-chairman of Illinois in Motion, a coalition fostering spinal cord injury cure research funding, and in that capacity Andres’ advocacy before the Illinois legislature in the 2000 and 2005 legislative sessions was instrumental in the passage of spinal cord injury cure research and stem cell research funding legislation.

Andres is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

  •  Joseph Belford, Independent Administrator for the Estate of Robert H. Belford, et al v. St. John’s Hospital, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case Number: 3:16-cv-03171-RM-TSH. Settled, communication access at a hospital, ensuring the adoption of a comprehensive communication access policy.
  • Dana Craig, et al. v. OSF Healthcare System, et al., U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 13-cv-01285. Settled, communication access for 18 deaf persons and their families at 13 hospitals and 150 clinic locations in central Illinois.
  • Beverly Beard, et al. v. Springfield Clinic, LLP, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case Number: 1:15-cv-01209. Settled, provision of accessible medical equipment, including height adjustable examination tables, lift equipment and wheelchair accessible weight scales at 20 multispecialty clinics in and around Springfield, Illinois.
  •  United Spinal Association, et al. v. Heartland Dental, LLC, U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 15-cv-5570. Settled, enhanced accessibility, including the acquisition of lift and transfer equipment, at 14 Heartland Dental owned clinics in Texas, Illinois and Florida, on behalf of persons with mobility disabilities who rely upon the use of mobility devices.
  •  Javier Robles, et al. v. CVS Caremark Corporation, a Delaware corporation, MinuteClinic, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, et al., U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 13-cv-3462. Settled, accessibility enhancements, including the acquisition of wheelchair accessible weight scales, for a class of persons with mobility disabilities who rely upon the use of mobility devices at 1,100 MinuteClinic locations throughout the country.
  • Linda Miller, et al. v. Walgreens, Co., an Illinois corporation, Take Care Health Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation, et al., U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 13-cv-3402. Settled, accessibility enhancements, including the acquisition of wheelchair accessible weight scales, for a class of persons with mobility disabilities who rely upon the use of mobility devices at 400 Take Care Clinic locations throughout the country.
  • Thaddeus Jessie, et al. v. DentalCare Partners, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, et al., U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 1:13-cv-08848. Settled, enhanced accessibility, including the acquisition of lift and transfer equipment, at over 150 DentalWorks Clinics throughout the country on behalf of persons with mobility disabilities who rely upon the use of mobility devices.
  •  Monica Kamal, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a Delaware corporation, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 11-CV-1784. Settled, enhanced accessibility, including the acquisition and utilization of chair sliders and mobile equipment stands, for persons with mobility disabilities who rely upon the use of mobility devices at over 400 Walmart Vision Centers throughout the country.
  •  Javier Robles, et al. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, a Washington corporation, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 11-CV-1785. Settled, enhanced accessibility, including the acquisition and utilization of chair sliders and mobile equipment stands, for persons with mobility disabilities who rely upon the use of mobility devices at over 600 Costco Vision Centers throughout the country.