DMC Law’s mission is to provide client-centered, valuable and highly skilled legal services in the areas of health privacy, business privacy and healthcare legal operations with a commitment to developing practical solutions that meet the business needs of our clients as well as mitigate risk.
What We Do
First and foremost, we love the work we do. DMC Law provides client-centered service by being a trusted advisor, understanding our clients’ businesses and goals, and collaborating with skilled, like-minded lawyers to serve our client’s best interest. For work outside of our areas of practice, we identify trusted, skilled lawyers best suited to help our clients based on our knowledge of the client and our established network of lawyers we know and trust.
- Advises healthcare providers on health privacy laws
- Assists businesses with privacy law compliance
- Counsels healthcare providers and business associates on regulatory compliance, risk management and day-to-day operational issues.
Our Primary Goal
To find practical solutions for our clients that meet business objectives and mitigate risk
Dena M. Castricone
Dena M. Castricone is a highly respected privacy and healthcare attorney with 20 years of legal experience. She has served as the General Counsel and Chief of Privacy at one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country and a partner at a regional law firm. Dena is licensed to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
DMC Law provides client-centered service by being a trusted advisor, understanding our clients’ businesses and goals, and collaborating with skilled, like-minded lawyers to serve our client’s best interest.
Dena Castricone, CIPP/US, CIPM
Founder and Managing Member
Dena is a respected privacy and healthcare attorney with 20 years of legal experience. Prior to founding DMC Law, Dena served as the General Counsel and Chief of Privacy at one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. Before her in-house role, Dena was a partner at Murtha Cullina LLP, where she spent most of her career and was the Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group. Dena began her legal career as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2002.
With an extensive background in health privacy and cybersecurity, Dena advises healthcare providers and businesses on compliance with various privacy laws. She has substantial experience navigating health privacy challenges. Dena has developed and implemented HIPAA compliance programs for healthcare providers of all sizes including policy development, training and service as a privacy officer.
Dena also advises healthcare providers on a broad range of regulatory compliance, risk management, licensure, Medicare and Medicaid, contract and day-to-day operational issues as well as responds to government investigations and inquiries and represents providers before state and federal administrative agencies.
Additionally, Dena provides the full complement of data breach coaching services to businesses and healthcare providers including breach notification to individuals and various government entities. She also counsels clients on cybersecurity risks, the creation of information security plans, breach prevention and the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
In December 2018, the National Law Review recognized Dena as a “Go-To Thought Leader” in privacy and cyber security. She received the Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award from the Roger Williams University School of Law and was also named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2016. In addition to other awards and recognition, in 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Dena one of Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 and the National LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.
In 2015, the Governor appointed Dena to serve on the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, of which she currently serves as the Chair. She is passionate about her work in ethics and is committed to the mission of the Office of State Ethics of transparency in government.
In 2019, Dena earned the Privacy Law Specialist designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), which is not yet a recognized specialist category in Connecticut. The IAPP is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty area of Privacy Law. In addition, Dena holds two IAPP certifications: Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
- Roger Williams University School of Law (JD, cum laude)
- Roger Williams University (BS, summa cum laude)
Dena is licensed to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
- Connecticut Bar Association (Co-Chair of the Cyber Security and Technology Committee)
- International Association of Privacy Professionals
Dena loves spending time with her family, listening to her talented wife sing and play guitar, cooking, and eating good food and drinking good wine in the company of friends. She’s known for her homemade chili and red sauce (according to her niece and nephews).
Tracy R. Guarnieri
Tracy joined DMC Law in June 2021. She has over 15 years of research compliance experience at one of the world’s leading research universities and prior to coming to DMC Law, she served as the General Counsel and Privacy Officer for a large federally qualified health center. Tracy practices in the areas of research compliance, health privacy, and healthcare operations and compliance. Tracy first became interested in law while working as a research assistant on clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease. She attended law school full time while continuing to work as a research assistant.
In addition to her first-hand knowledge of human subjects research and clinical trials, Tracy’s research compliance expertise spans all areas of research including sponsored projects, animal research, and conflicts of interest. She also has experience managing compliance for Institutional Review Boards and Human Research Protection Programs.
Tracy also has a substantial background in health privacy, including service as a privacy officer for a healthcare organization, and has experience advising healthcare providers on regulatory compliance and risk management.
- Quinnipiac School of Law (JD, cum laude)
- Barnard College of Columbia University (BA, cum laude)
Tracy is admitted to practice law in Connecticut.
Tracy is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for Master’s Manna, a local food pantry and resource center.
Tracy loves spending time with her family sailing on their 45’ sailboat, paddle boarding, skiing and snowboarding and is an avid reader and baker who is famous (within her family circle at least) for her decadent “quatro” leches cake.
Jennifer A. Colafrancesco
Director of Operations and Training
Jennifer joined the DMC Law team in August 2021. Her title should really be “Chief Miscellaneous Officer,” as she does it all – day to day operations, finance, marketing, HR, etc. She’s the glue that holds it all together and keeps things running smoothly. Most recently, Jennifer was a Software Education Specialist at a local software development company. She also is an amazingly talented musician and baker.
Jennifer loves spending time with her family, working out, running, playing guitar and singing, and baking. She makes a killer cheesecake!