Michael F. Schaff

Esq.Session Speaker

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer

Michael Schaff, chair of the Corporate and Healthcare Departments and shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., offers clients an exceptional understanding of the law, as well as a unique educational background rooted in business, finance, and taxation. These exclusive skills enable him to assess the business ramifications of any business transaction, contract, agreement or negotiation. His knowledge has been particularly beneficial to the structuring of professional practices for many healthcare professionals including physicians, dentists, chiropractors and others; for the structuring of business entities; for entities interested in buying, selling or merging businesses; and for a variety of other manufacturing, retail, and service businesses requiring legal experience. Additionally, Mr. Schaff has served as general corporate counsel for many privately-held companies.

Mr. Schaff had the honor of being elected as a fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) in June 2016, was a member of the AHLA Board of directors from 2006 to 2012, was Board Chair of Practice Groups (2010-2012), on its Executive Committee (2010-2012) and Finance Committee (2011-2012), a past chair of AHLA Physicians Organization Committee and was the editor of its newsletter. Active in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), he is a trustee (2017- ), the chair (2016-2017, 1999-2000) & director (1996-2017) of the Health Law Section. In December 2016, Michael received the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s 2016 Distinguished Service award. In March 2008, Mr. Schaff received the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Transactional Attorney of the Year Award. Michael was named a Top Healthcare Transaction Lawyer for 2015 and 2016 by the Ambulatory M&A Advisor and was the recipient of an Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer for 2007 by Nightingale’s Healthcare News. In May 2006, Michael received the NJSBA Health and Hospital Law Section first Distinguished Service Award. Michael was appointed by the New Jersey State Legislature as the only attorney member of the New Jersey Legislature Committee for the Study of Pain Management.

Michael was appointed to the AHLA’s Managed Care, Medical Malpractice Insurance Subsidies Task Force, and Stark II Members Briefing Task Force. He is also a member of the Medical Group Management Association and the Computer Law Association. Michael is a past chair of the NJSBA Internet and Computer Law.
Mr. Schaff is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ) and at St. John’s University, and on the Advisory Board of Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. Michael is the current Chair of the Editorial Board for the New Jersey Lawyer


Michael is a frequent lecturer to healthcare, accounting, attorneys, computer and insurance professionals and business owners. Michael has spoken on numerous national teleconferences and seminars and is quoted frequently in national publications. Michael is Chair of the AHLA Taskforce, author and editor of dozens of health and practice management law books and articles, and sits on the boards and committees of multiple legal and volunteer organizations.

Mr. Schaff was awarded the AHLA Pro Bono Champion Award (2012), is an active volunteer in the American Cancer Society (2000- ) and was the 2011 recipient of the American Cancer Society Shining Star Award for Volunteering, and the 2016 recipient of the Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Award for volunteering. Michael was on the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen South and Central New Jersey Affiliate (2009-2016) and a former Board member for Circle of Life Children's Center (2008-2011).