The National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC

If you’ve ever heard the expression, “Measure twice, cut once,” you understand that it’s always best to do your homework before taking action.  At our National Dental Law Group, we’ve done all the measuring; we’ve seen hundreds of successful transactions and can help dentists navigate the common legal pitfalls. 

Our Approach to Dental Law

Over twenty years ago, a member of the Academy of Dental CPAs introduced practice co-chair and firm CEO, William S. Barrett, to the dental profession. He quickly noticed that the dental community often lacked legal representation by professionals with specialized knowledge of the unique legal issues that arise in dental practice transactions; and critical deal terms were frequently overlooked. Dentists were entering into agreements without a clear understanding of the ramifications of these contracts and how the agreements were affecting their careers, team members and patients.

The National Dental Law Group is where dentists and dental specialists receive the highest quality legal services and have full confidence that they are working with attorneys who understand every aspect of a dental practice transaction, whether the client is an associate buying into a practice for the first time or a sophisticated dental-entrepreneur creating a structure for the ownership and management of multiple practices. To date, we have successfully closed hundreds of dental and dental specialist transactions nationwide.

We also utilize our full-service platform to provide dentists and dental specialists with services at every stage of their career and life.

Legal Services for Dentists in all Specialties

The National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has handled hundreds of transactions for dentists across the country at all stages of their career. We work closely with dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, and pediatric dentists as well as with dental consultants and management companies. For more than two decades we have leveraged deep industry connections and specialized knowledge to provide unparalleled service to our clients.

The experienced dental attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s National Dental Law Group provide comprehensive legal services to dental start-up practices throughout the country, helping to guide practice owners through all phases of starting a dental practice. Our clients have access to a wide range of legal services that will help establish the foundation for a successful start-up. These services include:

Developing a Business Plan – Creating a business plan is a crucial first step. This is the detailed framework for opening a dental practice and a road map which contains important milestones and deadlines that will help you meet the objectives you have set for the practice you envision.

Obtaining Financing – A lender is more likely to approve a start-up loan if a dental practice owner demonstrates good credit and presents a well-structured business plan. Our dental law attorneys also work closely with a network of specialized advisors including lenders, accounting firms, brokers, and other vendors that primarily serve the dental practice community and understand the industry’s particular legal and business needs. This means that your dental practice will be in the best hands no matter what your goals are.

Choosing and Forming a Business Entity – Our dental law attorneys routinely advise clients on choosing the best form of legal business entity for their dental practices. Although dental practices are normally organized either as professional service corporations or professional limited liability companies, attorneys will help you consider important tax implications and your personal exposure to the business’ debts and liabilities in selecting the right entity. After analyzing all relevant factors, we can form and prepare the organizational documents for any type of entity.

Buying or Leasing Real Estate – Whether you are buying or leasing real estate for your new dental practice, our full-service legal team will guide you through these sophisticated business transactions and ensure your interests as a buyer/borrower or tenant are protected and the terms of the agreements are negotiated favorably.

Employment Matters – Hiring employees is yet another crucial step in launching your dental practice. Our team of labor and employment lawyers help dental practice owners navigate the process of negotiating written employment agreements and preparing a personnel manual. Both documents are important for distinct reasons. While the employment agreement will contain restrictive covenants such as non-solicitation, non-competition, and confidentiality provisions, the personnel manual will set forth the policies of the practice, its operational procedures, and an explanation of employee benefits.

Buying, selling, or merging a dental practice is an exciting venture, but it requires working with experienced counsel that has both industry-specific legal knowledge and the business acumen to assist you in achieving your objectives regardless of which side of the transaction you are on. The National Dental Law Group provides guidance to buyers and sellers anywhere in the country and in connection with every phase of the dental practice transaction. Whether you are considering selling your practice or buying a new practice, we will assist you in navigating the due diligence process; preparing the necessary legal agreements; and negotiating the transaction terms with the aim of protecting your interests and advocating for your needs.

Some of the agreements that are commonplace in dental mergers and acquisitions are a letter of intent which outlines the basic deal terms; a purchase agreement that will contain the sales terms, representations and warranties, and duties and obligations of the parties; a non-compete agreement designed to prevent the seller from competing with the practice and soliciting its patients and employees within a defined geographic area, and for a set time period; and employment agreements if the seller or his/her associates will be joining the buyer’s practice as employees after the transaction closing. Importantly, due to the full-service nature of our law firm, we are also able to meet our client’s needs as it pertains to a large spectrum of legal issues that may come into play in the transaction including, but not limited to, negotiating a real estate purchase agreement or lease assignment, conducting environmental diligence of the property where the dental practice is located, or analyzing the tax implications of the transaction.

Working with the attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC on your next dental transaction will instill confidence because we will be by your side at every step of the process, and our objective is to ensure that the transaction evolves seamlessly and closes promptly.

As members of the Mandelbaum Barrett PC National Dental Law Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to assist dental professionals from the “start-up” phase all the way through the implementation of an eventual exit strategy. This comprehensive, 360-degree approach has allowed us to develop longstanding relationships with dental professionals throughout the country, familiarizing us with the regulatory and operational obstacles faced by dentists throughout the lifespan of a practice.

At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, our mission is to ensure that your dental practice is formulated, organized, and structured in an advantageous and compliant manner, regardless of your state of operation. When you are ready to initiate the opening of your own practice, we will help you create and organize your business entity in a manner that best suits your long-term ambitions. Once your practice is established, we will help to ensure that you are operating in compliance with applicable laws, codes, and regulations. For those dental professionals seeking to flex their entrepreneurial muscle, we will be stick by your side throughout the execution of any practice expansion plans, including associate buy-ins, new practice purchases, creation of a Dental Support Organization (“DSO”), and more. We understand that every practice and every dentist is unique, which is why we utilize our extensive experience in dental law to provide you with the client experience you need to build a successful practice.

The dental practice landscape is being transformed by corporate-owned practices and corporate consolidation. If you are considering selling your dental practice to a DSO, you will need an attorney who is experienced not only in the dental space, but also in closing transactions involving DSOs. The National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has represented hundreds of clients throughout the country who have sold their practices to DSOs and we are highly skilled at negotiating the more complex terms of DSO transactions including holdbacks, rights to roll-over equity, and earnouts. Having served as outside counsel to numerous DSOs across the nation and helped with their formation, we are also intimately familiar with the statutes and regulations that govern the formation and operation of DSOs. Further, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the manner in which DSOs value dental practices and the factors that contribute to higher multiples and enterprise values.

The attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC understand the pros and cons you may be weighing in connection with selling your practice to a DSO (relinquishing control, staff response, retaining quality of care) – we know it is not for everyone. However, while some dentists will benefit from a private sale, merger, or associate buy-in, selling to a DSO may be a better option for doctors looking to focus on clinical dentistry, expand their practice, transfer the management and administrative burdens of owning a practice to the DSO, and benefit from future consolidation or a liquidity event, while still protecting their legacy. Our experienced dental attorneys will provide you with informed representation as you undergo the process of selling your practice to a DSO. Our primary goal is to understand and meet your objectives so that you can better position yourself for the future and have a satisfying and rewarding experience.

Whether you are a seasoned dentist considering retirement or a young dentist looking to join an established practice as a co-owner, such buy-in transitions require careful consideration. Our legal team of experienced dental attorneys will assist you in every aspect of the transaction from determining how the deal should be structured to negotiating the transaction terms.

Associate buy-ins are special because they require the parties to consider legal issues beyond selling a piece of equity in the business. By way of example, the parties may need to negotiate employment agreements that reflect the new ownership structure or define an appropriate restrictive covenant if a former owner is stepping out of the business entirely. Similarly, the associate buying in may want to consider negotiating a right of first refusal or right of first offer in connection with the real estate where the practice is located. Negotiating a new or updated partnership agreement will also be necessary to define the rights and responsibilities of the practice owners. Furthermore, the partnership agreement may be structured so the associate eventually has the right to purchase the remaining equity in the practice, which will allow a doctor wishing to retire the freedom to exit the practice entirely.

Clearly, there are many factors that need to be considered in an associate buy-in transaction. Our dental law attorneys have the experience necessary to guide you through the associate buy-in process and will work to ensure a successful transaction.

If you are hiring a new associate, ready to start a new position, or negotiating an updated employment agreement, our dental law attorneys will assist you with drafting the agreement, revising the agreement to protect your best interests, and understanding all the terms of a dental employment contract. We also review employment contracts to identify areas of ambiguity or potential conflict that may lead to future litigation. A dental employment contract should contain terms that address duration of employment, compensation, benefits, reasons and manner of termination, and restrictive covenants such as agreements not to compete, solicit, disparage, or breach confidentiality.

Partnership agreements are another important type of contract that you should have an experienced dental attorney draft or review. These agreements allow partners to clearly define their rights and responsibilities, which will go a long way in setting and managing partner expectations during the early stages of starting a business and in avoiding future disputes. Some of the key terms that should be addressed in a partnership agreement include ownership and voting rights; management responsibilities; distributions; restrictions on transfer/sale; restrictive covenants; limitations on liability; indemnification; meetings of the partners, and dissolution (among others).

Before signing an employment or partnership agreement, allow one of our experienced dental attorneys to review the agreement and help you understand your rights and obligations or negotiate more favorable terms on your behalf.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC offers a wealth of experience in the area of dental real estate. Our long-standing relationships with dentists from all over the country have contributed to our firm’s comprehensive understanding of the common obstacles faced by dental professionals when entering into real estate transactions. In complement to the law firm’s national reach, Mandelbaum Barrett PC is a member of the global Primerus legal network, allowing us access to the most reputable legal counsel throughout the country for real estate matters requiring specific local insights. As a result, Mandelbaum Barrett PC will remain by your side throughout your transaction, regardless of location.

Whether you are looking to purchase property, sell property or enter into or assign a lease, the real estate upon which your practice operates is a pivotal component of practice success. Our- experienced team identifies and addresses industry-specific issues for you that often go unnoticed by counsel unfamiliar with the requirements of dental profession. Our goal is to advocate with you and for you in a manner that best positions you and your practice for long-term success at your chosen location. Surround yourself with the right legal team to ensure your real estate works to your advantage.

Our experienced dental attorneys will also collaborate with you to develop and implement an estate plan and sound business exit strategy. Whether your goal is to prepare for retirement or make another change in your career, a successful estate plan and exit strategy will ensure you are ready to start the next phase of your life effortlessly, while honoring your legacy and protecting yourself, your assets, and your family. The specifics of what you will need to include in your estate plan and/or exit strategy will depend on your individual circumstances, values, and goals.

We will work with you to develop a well-structured estate plan which can include, among other things, a custom will to ensure a smooth distribution of your assets to your chosen beneficiaries; a trust to protect certain assets or plan for the special needs of your family; a health care proxy which can clarify your wishes regarding end-of-life care; and a power of attorney to protect your interests in the event you are unable to manage your affairs and need a trusted individual to step into your shoes. Similarly, our seasoned dental attorneys who understand the nuances of the dental business and acquisitions market, will collaborate with accountants, brokers, and financial professionals to determine the proper valuation of your practice, and develop an exit strategy to sell or merge it with the right buyer. In addition, we can help prepare you for a sale to an associate or assist with identifying potential buyers, including DSO partners or other dental groups. Regardless of the route you choose to take, we will work closely with you to structure and negotiate the transaction so that you can enjoy the fruits of your hard work as you embark on whatever your next journey will be.

Our full-service platform allows us to provide guidance to our clients with their personal matters as well, and we regularly work with clients in areas such as:

Our primary goal is to help our clients achieve their business and personal objectives.

Alex Keoskey presents “Ethics in Dentistry 2023” for local NJDA chapters

November 21, 2023

Alex Keoskey, Esq., Partner in the National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC recently presented “Ethics in Dentistry 2023” to the New Jersey Dental Association‘s local chapters in Monmouth/Ocean and Morris/Essex Counties. The lectures provided critical principles and updates in ethics that all dentists need to know.

National Dental Law Group Employment Attorneys Present “Avoiding Pitfalls in the Hiring Process” for the New York County Dental Society.

October 20, 2023

The hiring process can be daunting, even for seasoned dental professionals. From salary range considerations to screening techniques, federal and state laws and even documentation, there’s a lot to think about.   On November 16th, join our National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Brent Pohlman, Esq. and Dennis Alessi, Esq. as they share […]

Don’t Miss Casey Gocel, Esq. and Members of National Dental Law Group at GNYDM, the Biggest Dental Event in the US

September 24, 2023

Excitement is building as we approach Greater New York Dental Meeting, the largest dental meeting in the United States, just one month away! Make sure to stop by Booth 3214 to connect with our National Dental Law Group team where we will be offering complimentary books and valuable information. Also be sure to join us […]

Explore the DSO Decision at GNYDM: Join Casey Gocel, Esq. and Other Panelists on November 29th

September 24, 2023

In the dental profession today, many conversations broach the topic of DSOs. There is a lot of information out there, both true and false. There also is a great deal of confusion about what DSOs really do and how they operate. On November 29, Co-Chair of our National Dental Law Group, Casey Gocel Esq., will […]

Jason Marx Presents Webinar on Estate and Asset Protection for the New York County Dental Society

September 5, 2023

The National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has collaborated with the New York County Dental Society to provide exclusive video webinars focusing on the legal aspects of dentistry. To start the series, Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC Jason E. Marx, will deliver an informative webinar titled, “Preserving Smiles and Wealth with Estate and […]

Members of our National Dental Law Group, Melody Block and Justin Wade, will be Speaking at DS World 2023

August 25, 2023

Are you ready for another year of education, networking, and entertainment at DS World in Las Vegas? Melody Block, Esq. and Justin Wade, Esq. are excited to share their experience and explore strategies for dental entrepreneurs. In their presentation, attendees will learn: Haven’t registered yet? Save your spot today, and we’ll see you there!

Casey Gocel and Panelists to Speak on DSOs at Greater New York Dental Meeting

August 22, 2023

Co-Chair of our National Dental Law Group team, Casey Gocel, Esq. will be speaking at Greater New York Dental Meeting – the largest dental meeting in the United States! Together with this “All-Star” panel (Benjamin Bush, Brian Houlahan and Justin Schafer), they will help the nation’s leading dental professionals better understand DSOs. This informative presentation […]

Countdown to Casey Gocel’s Presentation on DSOs at AAOMS 2023!

August 22, 2023

Excitement is building as we approach the AAOMS Annual Meeting, just one month away! Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with our National Dental Law Group team at Booth #1139, where we will be offering complimentary books and valuable information. Also, be sure to join us on September 22, where Co-Chair of the National Dental […]

Join Us at DS World to Explore Strategies for Dental Entrepreneurs with Melody Block, Esq., and Justin Wade, Esq.

August 7, 2023

Save the date! DS World 2023 is coming back to Las Vegas in September, and our team can’t wait to speak at The Ultimate Experience in Digital Dentistry. Whether looking to capitalize on your life’s work or expand your dental empire, dental entrepreneurs invest significant time, energy, and resources into building their practices. In their […]

Join Us at AAOMS Annual Meeting to Explore DSOs with Casey Gocel, Esq., on September 22nd

August 4, 2023

In the dental profession today, many conversations broach the topic of DSOs. There is a lot of information out there, both true and false. There also is a great deal of confusion about what DSOs really do and how they operate. On September 22nd, Casey Gocel, Esq., Co-Chair of our National Dental Law Group, will […]

CEO William S. Barrett Named to 2023 NJBIZ Law Power 50 List

July 24, 2023

Congratulations to our CEO William Barrett, Esq. for his recognition on the 2023 NJBIZ Law Power 50 list, honoring the 50 most influential men and women in New Jersey’s legal profession. Bill provides strategic counsel to businesses nationwide as well as plays a pivotal role in driving Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s ongoing growth and fostering innovation. […]

Insights from William Barrett: New York County Dental Society Article Explores Cybersecurity Risks in Dental Practices

June 22, 2023

Dental health professionals handle a vast amount of sensitive patient data, ranging from personal information to medical records. To protect themselves and their patients, it’s important for them to understand cybersecurity risks and take appropriate measures. Staying aware of the latest threats and trends is crucial for adequate protection. Learn about some of the ways […]

Alex Keoskey, Esq. to present to the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry on “Ethics in Dentistry”

May 15, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Partner, Alex Keoskey, Esq. will be presenting a New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry webinar this Thursday, May 18th at 8pm. His presentation on “Ethics in Dentistry,” which is a New Jersey State Board License Requirement, will talk about the role of the NJ Attorney General, NJ Board of Dentistry and other NJ Professional Boards as […]

CEO William Barrett and Healthcare Chair Mohamed Nabulsi named as 2023 NJBIZ Leaders in Law Honorees

April 11, 2023

We are thrilled to share that Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO William Barrett and Healthcare Chair Mohamed Nabulsi have been named by NJBIZ to their 2023 Leaders in Law honoree list! Following an open nomination period, honorees were chosen by a panel of independent judges with experience in the justice system. The selections were based on legal professionals – lawyers and general […]

CEO and Co-Chair of the National Dental Law Group, William Barrett, Discussed “The Pros and Cons of Selling or Partnering with a DSO” in the Fall Edition of Dental Entrepreneur Media.

December 14, 2022

If you are a dentist who is considering selling your practice to a DSO or partnering with a DSO, please read pages 16-18 in the Dental Entrepreneur Media for the article, “The Pros and Cons of Selling or Partnering with a DSO,” written by our CEO and Co-Chair of the National Dental Law Group, William […]

Deal Alert: Our National Dental Law Group Closed a Transaction on the Sale of a Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry Practice to a DSO

November 23, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s National Dental Law Group successfully closed a transaction involving the sale of a cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry practice to a dental support organization (“DSO”) with a large national footprint. The transaction included an equity component with a total purchase price over $3.5 Million. Our team – comprised of Casey Gocel, Melody […]

Deal Alert: Our National Dental Law Group Worked with a Client on the Sale of a Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry Practice

November 11, 2022

Members of the National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC including William Barrett, Barry Schwartz, Melody Lins, Nicole Fryer, Michael Lipari, and Steve Holt worked with a client on the sale of a cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry practice. The seller was acquired by a dental support organization (“DSO”) with a large footprint in […]

William Barrett and Justin Wade Led an Interactive Discussion for Dentists at Fortune Management’s Fortune50 Conference

November 1, 2022

Last week, William Barrett and Justin Wade attended Fortune Management’s Fortune50 conference, where they led an exclusive group of dental professionals in an interactive discussion of the common legal mistakes that dentists make in transactions. However, this was no ordinary lecture. Doctors were given a fact pattern in advance and were prepared to discuss in a law school style setting the facts […]

Associate Melody Lins to Present at New York County Dental Society Event: Path to Practice Ownership

November 1, 2022

Melody Lins, Associate and a member of our National Dental Law Group, will be presenting at a New York County Dental Society event for dentists interested in owning a practice. Melody will be joined by Robert Malandruccolo and Jarrett Mathews from Bank of America Practice Solutions. Dentists will become better informed about practice ownership options […]

William Barrett to Speak at Fortune Management Event for Dental Professionals Wishing to Grow their Business

October 25, 2022

William Barrett, our CEO and Co-chair of the National Dental Law Group, will be speaking at a momentous Fortune Management event. Leveraging the knowledge, expertise, and support of like-minded entrepreneurs and dentists, Fortune 50 members will participate in an exclusive group of dental professionals that wish to grow their businesses exponentially. Session: Advanced M&A Issue Spotting for […]

Steven J. Sedereas will be Hosting a Free Workshop covering the “Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Dental Office Lease Negotiations” on October 26

October 10, 2022

Do you know the importance of the office lease to the dental practice and key strategizes to win? Join Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Counsel, Steven J. Sedereas, and President of Cirrus Consulting Group, Erik Pook, who will be hosting a FREE workshop on October 26 covering the “Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Dental Office Lease Negotiations.” […]

CEO William Barrett will be Speaking on Practice Transition for a Webinar on October 20

October 4, 2022

Are you a dental professional who is thinking about a practice transition? Join Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and National Dental Law Co-Chair William Barrett along with Thomas L. Snyder of Henry Schein and Jarrett Mathews of Bank of America on October 20th for an informative webinar on practice transition strategies and how to go about preparing your practice for a sale. Presented by Merill Corp, […]

CEO William Barrett and Partner Casey Gocel will Present on “Understanding EBITDA” at Dentsply Sirona World in Las Vegas

September 9, 2022

From September 15-16, 2022, Casey Gocel and William Barrett, the two co-chairs of the firm’s National Dental Law Group, will be at Dentsply Sirona World in Las Vegas presenting on “Understanding EBITDA.” If you will be attending and would like a better understanding of EBITDA, be sure to visit the Fortune Management Booth (#102). We hope to […]

CEO William S. Barrett named to NJBIZ Power 50 in Law List for 2022

July 25, 2022

Congratulations to our CEO William Barrett, Esq. who has been named to the NJBIZ Power 50 in Law list for 2022. Bill not only serves as strategic counsel to businesses throughout the country, but he also leads Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s continued growth and innovation. He gives personal attention to not just his clients, but also […]

Partner Casey Gocel Presents “A Legal Health Checkup” to Fortune Management Dentists in Hawaii

July 22, 2022

On July 20, 2022, Casey Gocel, who co-chairs the firm’s National Dental Law Group, was in sunny Hawaii with Fortune Management talking about the importance of giving one’s dental practice a legal health checkup. During her session, Casey emphasized the need to look at corporate compliance, healthcare regulatory requirements, employment compliance, HIPAA and cybersecurity, real […]

CEO William Barrett featured in Dental Practice Reporter article, “5 Ways To Keep Your Private Practice Competitive: The Trend Toward The DSO Business Model.”

May 27, 2022

The increasing expansion of dental support organizations (DSOs) has become a polarizing topic in the dental industry over the last several years—some professionals credit DSOs as being a useful tool in the practice of dentistry, while others blame the DSO business model for destroying dentistry as we know it. Despite this back and forth, the […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC congratulates Casey Gocel, Esq. who was honored today as one of the NJBIZ Leaders in Law for 2022

May 24, 2022

CEO William Barrett recently appeared on Dental Business Radio with Patrick O’Rourke. 

May 20, 2022

They discussed considerations for dental practice owners who are considering selling their practice to a DSO or creating a DSO themselves. Bill and Patrick also discussed getting proper legal counsel, misclassification of independent contractors, practice brokers, partnerships, and much more. To listen to the recorded interview:

Best-selling authors Fred Joyal and William Barrett, Esq. are pleased to present their recent webinar titled “Navigating the DSO Decision.”

May 5, 2022

This is your chance to gain an in-depth, unbiased understanding of the DSO landscape.  Watch the webinar here:

Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and Best-Selling Author William Barrett Featured in ROI-NJ Article Discussing Corporate Dental Groups

April 7, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and best-selling author William Barrett, Esq. was interviewed for the April 6th, 2022 issue of ROI-NJ discussing how more and more dental practices are joining corporate dentistry groups.

"The consolidation of the dental specialty is happening at a rip-roaring pace right now," he said. "In the past week, I brought in six new transactions with doctors selling or partnering with dental support organizations, or DSOs, backed by private equity, as just one legal practitioner. We're a firm with a good reputation in the space, but that's still a remarkable number of transactions to have in a week."

Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and Best-Selling Author William Barrett Featured on Recent Becker's Healthcare Podcast

April 5, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and Best-Selling Author William Barrett, Esq. was recently featured on a Becker's Hospital Review podcast. In the episode, Mr. Barrett discusses the reasons he began focusing on the legal representation of dentists and dental specialists in practice transitions and his book "Pain-Free Dental Deals: An Entrepreneurial Dentist's Guide to Buying, Selling, and Merging Practices."

Congratulations to Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO Bill Barrett on being named a Guest of Honor at the Chabad Center of Northwest New Jersey's Founders Dinner

March 22, 2022

Congratulations to CEO William Barrett on being named as a guest of honor and receiving the Pillar of Kindness recognition for the Chabad Center of Northwest New Jersey's Founders Dinner. This year the Center is celebrating their 35th year of Igniting Souls with a gala event on May 2nd at The Crystal Plaza. Bill joins honorees Scott Weisberger and Todd Sawyer for this incredible event which helps support the Center and all of its good work.

William Barrett to present at the Greater Long Island Dental Meeting

March 14, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and best-selling author William Barrett, Esq. will be joining fellow industry thought leaders, Michael Apalucci, Dr. Scott Firestone and Jarrett Mathews at the Greater Long Island Dental Meeting (GLIDM) on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 2pm to 5pm at the Hilton Hotel in Melville, NY. The presentation is titled "The Yin and Yang of Practice Transitions."

Bill Barrett Interviewed by Locum Leaders on the Key Trends Affecting Dentist Jobs in 2020

December 5, 2019

Bill Barrett, Chair of the Firm's National Dental Law Center and co-author of "Buy Sell Merge: How to Navigate Successful Dental Practice Transitions for the Entrepreneurial Dentist" was recently interviewed by Locum Leaders on the key trends affecting dentist jobs in 2020. To read about what could potentially impact the field in the years ahead, click here.

Barrett Spoke at Greater New York Dental Society Annual Meeting on "Mergers, Acquisitions, Associateships and Transitions"

November 29, 2019

William Barrett and Casey Gocel Published an Article for Dental Practice Management on Doing Deals with DSO

November 18, 2019

Dennis Alessi and Raj Gadhok Presented at the New York County Dental Society

October 16, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys Dennis J. Alessi, Esq. and Raj Gadhok teamed up with Cristina L. Amyot, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR of EnformHR, LLC to present a 3 -hour CE course to dentists at the New York County Dental Society’s upcoming program on New York’s new anti-harassment law.

Bill Barrett Presented at the New York County Dental Society Program on October 4

October 4, 2019

William Barrett, Esq. presented to dentists at the New York County Dental Society’s CE program on October 4th entitled, “Know Before You Sign: Associate Dental Agreements” where he helped young dentists and residents better understand dental contracts.

Gocel Spoke at Paramount Oral Surgery Study Club on Practice Transitions

September 25, 2019

On September 25, 2019 Casey Gocel presented on “Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership and Transitions” to the Paramount Oral Surgery Study Group in Staten Island, New York.

Barrett Spoke at New York County Dental Society's "Career Advice After Dental School/Residency"

August 6, 2019

Gocel To Speak At Paramount Oral Surgery Study Club On Practice Transitions

July 23, 2019

On September 25, 2019 Casey Gocel will be presenting on "Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership and Transitions" to the Paramount Oral Surgery Study Group in Staten Island, New York. The seminar will cover:

Barrett To Speak At New York County Dental Society's "Career Advice After Dental School/Residency"

July 17, 2019

CEO William S. Barrett will speak as part of a New York County Dental Society panel on "Career Advice After Dental School/Residency" on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will address the following factors critical to landing a job and creating a successful career:

Barrett To Speak At Greater New York Dental Society Annual Meeting On "Mergers, Acquisitions, Associateships And Transitions"

July 17, 2019

Whether you are looking to become a practice owner, grow your existing practice through acquisition, or you are seeking the best exit strategy in your career, you need to understand the issues of practice transition from both perspectives. Learn about the current state of the market for mergers, acquisitions and sales of general dentistry and dental specialty practices and the business and legal pros, cons and considerations to navigate between practice purchase/sales vs. associate buy-in partnerships transactions.

Casey Gocel Named as a Top 25 Leading Intrapreneur by Leading Women Entrepreneurs

May 30, 2019

Congratulations to Shareholder Casey Gocel who was named by Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners as a Top 25 Leading Intrapreneur. Leading Women Entrepreneurs (LWE) is a networking organization that recognizes outstanding women in business. This award honors the innovators in corporate environments who support diversity efforts. Casey has helped numerous companies become Women Owned Businesses and specializes in corporate transactions and estate planning. Casey also leads the Firm's Women's Initiative and Charity Committee.

Bill Barrett Spoke at the New York County Dental Society's Program on Associate Dental Contracts

October 5, 2018

William Barrett, Esq., CEO and Chair of the Firm's Professional Practice Transitions Group spoke on October 4th at the New York County Dental Society's program on Associate Dental Contracts where he shared with the crowd important tips that dentists should "know before they sign."

Bill Barrett Quoted In Dentists Money Digest on Importance of Understanding Employee Overtime Rules

August 21, 2018

William Barrett, CEO and Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Professional Practice Transitions Group was quoted in an article in Dentists Money Digest on the "Importance of Understanding Employee Overtime Rules."

Bill Barrett and Casey Gocel Authored an Article for on "Independent Contractor or Employee: What's the Difference?"

August 7, 2018

Understanding the difference between an Independent Contractor and an Employee is a challenge many practice owners often grapple with. In this article from, William Barrett, Esq. and Casey Gocel, Esq. LL.M. break it down to help avoid the serious financial ramifications of misclassification.

Barrett Authors Article for Dentistry IQ

June 12, 2018

William Barrett, CEO of Mandelbaum Barrett PC and the Firm's Professional Practice Transitions Chair recently authored an article for Dentistry IQ on guidelines dentists should be aware of when planning background checks for new employees.

CEO Bill Barrett talks with Howard Farran on Dentistry Uncensored Podcast about Professional Practice Transitions

May 14, 2018

Check out Mandelbaum Barrett PC CEO and Professional Practice Transitions Group Chair William Barrett, Esq. on the Dentaltown Podcast where he and host Howard Farran, DDS, MBA talk about practice transitions and what dentists need to know to time it right and what legal considerations they should be thinking about.

William Barrett to Speak at Fortune Management's Fortune 50 Advanced Training for the Dental CEO Event in California

August 8, 2017

Co-CEO and Chair of the Firm's Professional Practice Transitions and Business Law Departments, William Barrett, will speak at Fortune Management's Fortune 50 Advanced Training for the Dental CEO event in San Jose, California September 28-29! Attendees will learn about leadership development, acquisitions, business plan development, key strategy development and more.

How Can Dentists Thrive While Preserving Their Private Practice? Steal the Playbook!

January 30, 2024

Preserving the private practice of dentistry while thriving in a dynamic healthcare environment requires a blend of tradition and innovation. By embracing technology, fostering patient relationships, diversifying services, engaging with the community, prioritizing education, implementing efficient management practices, and networking with peers, dentists can not only survive but truly thrive in the private practice landscape. Through these strategies, dentists can continue to provide the personalized care and community connection that make private practices a cornerstone of healthcare.

Navigating Dental Spa Ownership and Operation in New Jersey

January 25, 2024

Dentists in metropolitan areas advertise cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and Botox injections. While some claim legality based on vague interpretations of regulations, New Jersey law strictly defines dentistry as tooth and oral care. Despite regulations allowing injectables in dental settings, courts clarify they’re only for dental treatment, not cosmetics. Regulatory compliance is crucial for dental spas entering the lucrative cosmetic market. Our legal experts specialize in navigating dental law to ensure compliance and success.

Do I Really Need a Partnership Agreement for My Dental Business?

December 14, 2023

Partnerships in dental practices necessitate clear agreements to prevent conflicts. While the term “partnership agreement” is commonly used, it may refer to operating or shareholders’ agreements based on the legal entity. Business partners often overlook these agreements, assuming they are unnecessary. A case study illustrates the consequences: a deteriorating partnership lacked predefined roles, financial plans, and dispute resolution mechanisms. A tailored partnership agreement could have preempted such issues by addressing management, financial decisions, employee responsibilities, dispute resolution, and ownership changes, offering a crucial framework for successful collaboration. Without it, partners risk defaulting to state laws, which may not cover unique business aspects. In dental practice, a well-crafted, individualized partnership agreement, prepared with legal counsel, is crucial for ensuring clarity, resolving disputes, and safeguarding the interests of all parties involved.

The No Surprises Act: A Look at What Dentists Need to Know

December 8, 2023

The Federal No Surprises Act (“NSA”) was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Since its enactment, the NSA has been supplemented on two occasions by regulations which were issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Internal […]

Associate Buy-In Deal Structures

November 21, 2023

An Associate Buy-in integrates a dental associate as a co-owner in a practice, blending clinical skills with business acumen. Structured via cash, installment, sweat equity, or shadow account, it’s crucial for both parties to consult legal and financial advisors. The journey goes beyond dentistry, fostering a collaborative and prosperous dental practice.

Frighteningly Smooth Dental Practice Transitions: Avoiding Scary Legal Pitfalls

October 25, 2023

Contracts are paramount in dental practice transitions, serving as the foundation for smooth transactions. From purchase agreements to non-compete clauses, clarity is key. However, navigating the eerie world of due diligence, taxes, and regulatory approvals demands expert legal guidance. Avoid the specter of legal complications and enjoy a ghost-free transition.

NYCDS Dentists’ Quarterly Article: Bill Barrett’s Insights on the Vital Role of Partnership Agreements in Dentistry

September 29, 2023

Partnering in Dentistry? Discover why a well-crafted partnership agreement is a must for dental professionals. Learn to avoid common pitfalls and ensure a healthy practice in this month’s “Dentist’s Quarterly,” from the New York County Dental Society. Written by Mandelbaum Barrett PC corporate dental attorney and CEO William Barrett, the article highlights how a customized […]

Avoiding Litigation Pitfalls in Dental Practice Transactions

August 30, 2023

Lawsuits involving dental practice transactions are more common than one might imagine.  In addition to the monetary and reputational costs of litigation, the mental, and even physical toll of a lawsuit is significant.  Given the stakes, this article aims to highlight some ways dentists can avoid litigation pitfalls as they contemplate or prepare for a […]

Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying or Selling a Dental Practice

May 12, 2023

The sale and/or acquisition of a dental practice can be an overwhelming feat. However, the aim of this article is to highlight some of the pitfalls that can and should be avoided by buyers and sellers alike during this process. If parties avoid these mistakes, they are likely to enjoy a successful transition into the next exciting […]

Professional Liability Insurance for Dentist Owners: Types of Coverage Recommended

March 22, 2023

As a dentist owner of a practice, your top priority is to provide quality dental care to your patients. However, despite your best efforts, malpractice lawsuits can still occur. Therefore, it is crucial to have professional liability insurance to protect yourself, your practice, and your employees from the financial burden of a lawsuit. In this […]

The AGGA Dental Device: What It Is and Why Dentists Should Proceed with Caution

March 20, 2023

A dental device called the Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance, commonly referred to as the AGGA, is now the subject of multiple lawsuits across the country. The device was originally invented by a US dentist in the 1990s. However, according to reports, the AGGA was never submitted to the FDA for approval. The inventor has stated […]

Know the Value of Your Dental Practice (Hint: It’s Not 2019 Anymore)

December 22, 2022

The last few years have created so many shifts in how we work, travel, and live that there is virtually no area of the economy that remains untouched. That is just as true for dental practices as it is for everyone else. And it’s equally true that all businesses – including dentists and dental specialists […]

The Four-Phase DSO Transaction Process: What to Expect When Selling a Dental Practice

November 9, 2022

The prevalence of dental support organizations (DSOs) and the competitive purchase prices they offer, has led many dentists and dental practice owners to decide to sell their practice. As this consolidation trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future, it is in the best interests of private practice owners to understand what to expect when […]

Navigating Types of Dental Transactions & the Financial Terms to Know

August 2, 2022

It is imperative that dentists ask three financial questions to ensure a deal is advantageous to them: how much is being paid to the seller; where is the money to pay the seller coming from; and when will the seller receive payment? To determine the answers to these questions dentists looking to buy or sell a […]

Potential Capital Gains Rate Increase May Supercharge Already White Hot Dental M&A Market

June 25, 2021

If you're a dentist who is contemplating a practice transition, it's important to recognize that a material increase in the capital gains rate is a likely outcome this year, and that change will have significant adverse tax consequences if you sell after December 31.

New Book Injects the Novocaine Dental Entrepreneurs Need to Make Their Dental Practice Transitions Pain Free

June 3, 2021

ROSELAND, N.J. – June 3, 2021 – PRLog — Pain-Free Dental Deals: An Entrepreneurial Dentist’s Guide to Buying, Selling, and Merging Practices, by William S. Barrett with Casey Gocel (Ethos Collective™) demystifies what seems like an impossible process. William S. Barrett, CEO of the law firm Mandelbaum Barrett PC has been guiding clients through the […]

Get To Know the Drill: Picking the Right Business Entity For Your Dental Practice

September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019 Choosing the right business structure for your dental practice is a vital decision that can have significant consequences for the future of your practice. If a dentist selects the wrong structure, it can cost their business thousands of dollars down the line. Choosing the correct business structure for your dental practice is […]

How To Go Green in the Dental Industry

September 16, 2019

September 16, 2019 The “go green” movement has been sweeping over the nation for the last decade, but it can be overwhelming for many business owners to adopt more eco-friendly practices. The goal of the movement is to be aware of our impact on the environment and reduce the amount of waste we produce as […]

Impact of Offshore Dental Laboratories on the Dental Industry

September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 Over the last decade, the number of dental labs in the United States fell by fifty percent, while the percentage of cases sent to offshore labs rose steadily. According to the FDA, $1.32 billion of dental laboratory orders are now being completed offshore, which makes up around 38% of dental restorations. The […]

The Impact of Cannabis use in Dental Practices

September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019 Even though cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, many states have legalized its use for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. The rise in state legality of cannabis use has led to the increase of cannabis users, and health care providers need to be aware of the potential rise in cannabis use by […]

Independent Contractor or Employee: What's the Difference?

August 7, 2019

It’s a vexing question for practice owners: How do you classify a potential new dentist who is joining your practice? Is the dentist an independent contractor or an employee? The misclassification of an employee as an independent contractor can result in serious financial ramifications, including taxes, fines, and penalties from both state and federal agencies. […]

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Effective HR Management Documentation for Dental Practices

January 23, 2024

Course Description: In this informative presentation, Dennis Alessi and Brent Pohlman, Partners at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, will provide valuable insights into creating and implementing effective policies and procedures. Discover how a well-crafted policy manual serves as a shield, providing a strong defense against potential legal issues. Explore strategies to proactively address claims related to discrimination, […]

Deal Alert: Our National Dental Law Group Closed a Transaction on the Sale of a Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry Practice to a DSO

November 23, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s National Dental Law Group successfully closed a transaction involving the sale of a cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry practice to a dental support organization (“DSO”) with a large national footprint. The transaction included an equity component with a total purchase price over $3.5 Million. Our team – comprised of Casey Gocel, Melody […]

Deal Alert: Our National Dental Law Group Worked with a Client on the Sale of a Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry Practice

November 11, 2022

Members of the National Dental Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC including William Barrett, Barry Schwartz, Melody Lins, Nicole Fryer, Michael Lipari, and Steve Holt worked with a client on the sale of a cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry practice. The seller was acquired by a dental support organization (“DSO”) with a large footprint in […]

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