The Cooper Health System announced yesterday that Joel B. Rosen, former United States Magistrate Judge, will become a member of its Board of Trustees in September 2010 and that Gary J. Lesneski has been appointed Senior Executive Vice President/General Counsel to The Cooper Health System. Mr. Lesneski will assume his new role effective October 1, 2010.
Judge Rosen, who has served as General Counsel to The Cooper Health System, will return to the private practice of law at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP as a partner in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey office. There he will concentrate his practice in public and private mediation, commercial litigation and internal investigations.
Judge Rosen, who has been overseeing all legal issues related to the operation of Cooper, has had a long and distinguished career both as a Judge and a practicing lawyer. He was a United States Magistrate Judge for nearly twenty years during which time he mediated thousands of cases, presided over numerous civil jury and bench trials and criminal misdemeanor trials. Previously, Judge Rosen served as the attorney in charge of the Camden office of the United States Attorney’s Office. At Cooper, Judge Rosen provided advice and representation to help Cooper fulfill its mission and meet its goals.
Mr. Lesneski will become the chief legal officer and a senior executive of Cooper and will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs. Mr. Lesneski is currently a partner and president of the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. He concentrates his practice in health and hospital law, labor and litigation.
A graduate of Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Lesneski has appeared in state and federal courts on a regular basis and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. His health and hospital practice focuses on administrative, regulatory, labor, litigation and corporate compliance issues. He has twice served as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Health and Hospital Law Section, most recently in 2008-2009.
“Judge Rosen has been a true asset to Cooper in his stewardship of the Legal Department and Cooper is fortunate to have someone of his stature and experience join the Board of Trustees,” said John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer at Cooper. “Cooper is equally fortunate to have an attorney the caliber of Gary Lesneski agree to leave private practice and join the institution as its chief legal officer as Cooper moves forward with its expansion and growth, including the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University,” said Mr. Sheridan.