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Compliance, Investigations & Privacy

The Compliance, Investigations & Privacy Group consists of the Right-to-Know Unit, the HIPAA and Privacy Law Unit, E-Discovery, and Communications.

HIPAA & Privacy Law Unit

The HIPAA & Privacy Law Unit counsels all City departments and sub-units required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Breach Notification Rule and oversees and supports the City’s HIPAA privacy compliance program. The Unit also directs the Law Department’s Privacy Review Committee and advises and educates departments across the City about privacy laws and regulations.

Leadership

Elise Bruhl
Chief Deputy City Solicitor

Elise Bruhl joined the Law Department in 2001 and previously worked in the Law Department’s Affirmative Litigation and Appeals Units.  She was a law clerk for Judge Marvin Katz in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for Judge Marjorie O. Rendell on the Third Circuit.  Over the years, she has taught law and literature, appellate advocacy, literary theory, and yoga, including stints at King’s College London, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Name Job title Phone #
Alida Babcock, (she/her/hers) Assistant City Solicitor
HIPAA & Privacy Law Unit
(215) 683-5251
Heath Summers, (he/him/his) Assistant City Solicitor
HIPAA & Privacy Law Unit
(215) 683-5119
Joseph Varallo Divisional Deputy City Solicitor
HIPAA & Privacy Law Unit
(215) 683-5290
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Right-to-Know Unit

The Right-to-Know Unit advises more than 25 City departments, 0ffices, boards, and commissions on legal issues concerning the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law as well as various other laws concerning privacy, confidentiality, and the release of public records. This includes coordinating with City stakeholders and subject matter experts, vendors, and others with interest in the release of public City records and information. Lawyers in the Unit represent the City on appeals of Right-to-Know Law requests and related litigation.
The City of Philadelphia has adopted an Open Records Policy to comply with the Right to Know law. The Open Records Policy, which includes links to frequently requested items that are readily available and accessible online, at this site: phila.gov/open-records-policy.

Leadership

Feige Grundman, (she/her)
Chief Deputy City Solicitor

Feige Grundman (she/her) is Chief Deputy City Solicitor for the Right-to-Know Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department. Before joining the Law Department in 2019, Feige was an associate in private practice and volunteered for a variety of pro bono and public interest causes. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Name Job title Phone #
Keilah Crawley Senior Legal Assistant
Right-to-Know Unit
(215) 683-5437
Omar Rabady Deputy City Solicitor
Right-to-Know Unit
(215) 683-5032
Shea Skinner, (he/him/his) Deputy City Solicitor
Right-to-Know Unit
(215) 683-5078
Margot Smith, (she/her/hers) Deputy City Solicitor
Right-to-Know Unit
(215) 683-5527
Javier Soler Assistant City Solicitor
Right-to-Know Unit
(215) 683-2961
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