Core Values in Action

"As someone who has been a senior executive for a large health care company, I understand that a critical part of my role as an advisor is to help my clients navigate the often extreme demands and pressures placed on them. As a result, I am focused on one of Freeborn’s central tenets: Commitment – taking responsibility to do whatever it takes to solve even the toughest problems."

Deborah Dorman-Rodriguez is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP, and is the leader of the Healthcare Practice Group.

Deborah has diverse experience as a healthcare attorney representing insurers, providers, and other healthcare entities. Most recently she served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Chicago-based Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates BlueCross and BlueShield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

At HCSC Deborah was responsible for providing legal advice and consultation on such issues as federal and state regulatory implementations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance.  She oversaw HCSC’s legal strategy during a period of unprecedented turbulence in the healthcare industry and helped the company navigate the regulatory and business upheaval associated with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

With her experience in serving as CLO of a large organization and in representing healthcare clients over the past 20 years, Deborah understands that no legal decision exists in a vacuum, and that it is vitally important to offer legal advice that is business focused, efficient, practical, and solution-oriented.

Before serving as HCSC’s Chief Legal Officer, Deborah was Vice President and General Counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, an attorney with the law firm of Simons, Cuddy & Friedman in  Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she represented health insurers, physician groups, and other healthcare organizations, Special Counsel to the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance, and a former New Mexico Assistant Attorney General specializing in health insurance and telecommunications regulatory issues.

Professional Activities: 
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alumni, CEO Perspectives, Northwestern University and University of Chicago
Speaking Engagements: 
  • Co-presenter, "Health Insurance Regulation – The Next Phase," Loyola University Chicago School of Law (May 2015).
  • Panelist, "Macro-economic and Political Issues and Their Effect in the Boardroom," National Director’s Institute (November 2013).
  • Panelist, "Deal Dynamics in Today’s Merger and Acquisition Environment," CLE Seminar for Corporate Counsel (October 2013).

 

Industries

Education

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
B.A., California State University

State Bar Admissions

California
New Mexico
Illinois (Bar Admission Pending)

Clerkships

The Honorable Pamela B. Minzer, Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court