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Dena M. Castricone Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

New Haven
Email: dcastricone@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-772-7767
Fax: 203-772-7723

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
  • Roger Williams University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1998)

Dena M. Castricone


Dena M. Castricone is a member of the Long Term Care and Health Care practice groups.  She is the Chair of the Information Security and Privacy practice group and the Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank J. Williams.

Dena’s long term care and health care clients compete in a constantly evolving industry, facing both rising administrative and regulatory burdens and shrinking reimbursement rates. She helps skilled nursing centers, physician groups, home health and hospice agencies, community health centers, senior living communities and hospitals thrive in this challenging environment, providing strategic advice informed by a thorough understanding of each client’s individual business objectives.

Dena handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues for providers, including responses to government inspections, professional licensure actions, Medicare appeals, patient discrimination claims, probate court matters relating to decision making and Fair Housing issues, as well as risk management and day-to-day operational issues.  With an extensive background in HIPAA, she also assists health care providers with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, policy development and implementation, training and service as a privacy officer.

As a member of the Information Security and Privacy group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Dena provides the full complement of data breach coaching services to business and health care clients including breach notification to individuals and various government entities.  She also counsels clients on cyber security risks, the creation of information security plans and the development and implementation of policies and procedures. 

A seasoned litigator as well, Dena brings to her work the perspective of a skilled advocate, and a keen understanding of the strategic challenges her clients may face in a litigation and pre-litigation context.

In 2015, Dena was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Office of State Ethics’ Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, of which she is the Vice Chair. Dena received the 2016 Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award from the Roger Williams University School of Law.  She was also named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2016.  In addition to other awards and recognition, in 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Dena one of Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 and the National LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.

Dena currently serves on the steering committee of the Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the executive committee of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is also the immediate past president of The CABO Foundation and was the founder of the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce.

Dena is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, where she serves on the House of Delegates.

  • Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, State of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member, LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Steering Committee Member, Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • President, The CABO Foundation
  • Immediate Past President and Founder of the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities (CABO)
  • Medical Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes: What's the Risk of Exclusion?, LTC-SIR Advisor - a Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group, April 2015
  • Co-Authored Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities chapter, with Heather Berchem in The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, American Health Lawyers Association (2014)
  • The Duty to Preserve: When is it Triggered?, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2011
  • Payment for Failed Projects an Iffy Proposition, Connecticut Law Tribune, December 2006

 

  • Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award, Roger Williams University School of Law, January 2016
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 2013
  • Rising Star, Business New Haven, September 2013
  • The Dena M. Castricone Scholarship Fund established by CABO Foundation, 2012
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Association (affiliate of ABA), Class of 2011
  • 40 Under 40, Connecticut Magazine, March 2011
  • Women of High Achievement, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2010
  • Dorothy Award, New Haven Pride Center, February 2010
  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association
     

 

Overview

Dena M. Castricone is a member of the Long Term Care and Health Care practice groups.  She is the Chair of the Information Security and Privacy practice group and the Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank J. Williams.

Dena’s long term care and health care clients compete in a constantly evolving industry, facing both rising administrative and regulatory burdens and shrinking reimbursement rates. She helps skilled nursing centers, physician groups, home health and hospice agencies, community health centers, senior living communities and hospitals thrive in this challenging environment, providing strategic advice informed by a thorough understanding of each client’s individual business objectives.

Dena handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues for providers, including responses to government inspections, professional licensure actions, Medicare appeals, patient discrimination claims, probate court matters relating to decision making and Fair Housing issues, as well as risk management and day-to-day operational issues.  With an extensive background in HIPAA, she also assists health care providers with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, policy development and implementation, training and service as a privacy officer.

As a member of the Information Security and Privacy group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Dena provides the full complement of data breach coaching services to business and health care clients including breach notification to individuals and various government entities.  She also counsels clients on cyber security risks, the creation of information security plans and the development and implementation of policies and procedures. 

A seasoned litigator as well, Dena brings to her work the perspective of a skilled advocate, and a keen understanding of the strategic challenges her clients may face in a litigation and pre-litigation context.

In 2015, Dena was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Office of State Ethics’ Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, of which she is the Vice Chair. Dena received the 2016 Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award from the Roger Williams University School of Law.  She was also named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2016.  In addition to other awards and recognition, in 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Dena one of Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 and the National LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.

Dena currently serves on the steering committee of the Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the executive committee of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is also the immediate past president of The CABO Foundation and was the founder of the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce.

Dena is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, where she serves on the House of Delegates.

Memberships
  • Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, State of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member, LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Steering Committee Member, Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • President, The CABO Foundation
  • Immediate Past President and Founder of the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities (CABO)
Publications
  • Medical Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes: What's the Risk of Exclusion?, LTC-SIR Advisor - a Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group, April 2015
  • Co-Authored Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities chapter, with Heather Berchem in The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, American Health Lawyers Association (2014)
  • The Duty to Preserve: When is it Triggered?, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2011
  • Payment for Failed Projects an Iffy Proposition, Connecticut Law Tribune, December 2006

 

Recognition
  • Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award, Roger Williams University School of Law, January 2016
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 2013
  • Rising Star, Business New Haven, September 2013
  • The Dena M. Castricone Scholarship Fund established by CABO Foundation, 2012
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Association (affiliate of ABA), Class of 2011
  • 40 Under 40, Connecticut Magazine, March 2011
  • Women of High Achievement, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2010
  • Dorothy Award, New Haven Pride Center, February 2010
  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association
     

 

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Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
  • Roger Williams University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1998)
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