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Joelle Duval


Joelle Duval, of counsel in Coffey Modica’s White Plains offices, is a meticulous and diligent legal professional. She has extensive experience in quality and regulatory healthcare standards, risk management, and defending facilities and individual healthcare providers in malpractice litigation.

200 E Post Road, Suite 210
White Plains, NY 10601
914-221-6558, Ext 1288



Joelle is an analytical and detail-oriented professional with a comprehensive skill set in the medicolegal field. She excels in conducting interviews, preparing medical witnesses for depositions and trials, and crafting dispositive motions that effectively dismiss or substantially mitigate the risks of high-exposure lawsuits related to medical malpractice. Her is skilled at legal and medical research, medical chart reviews, drafting root cause analysis reports, and pinpointing legal and quality of care issues. Joelle advocates for collaboration with colleagues, interdisciplinary teams, clients, and leadership through creative problem-solving while strictly adhering to legal and regulatory standards. She is an exceptional communicator who delivers comprehensive, uncomplicated, and eye-catching presentations.

Before joining Coffey Modica, Joelle was the associate director of healthcare standards, specializing in risk management, at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation/Jacobi Medical Center. In this critical role, she actively supported the director of risk management and the chief medical officer in the risk management department at a Level I trauma center. Her responsibilities included reviewing incident and nursing reports for quality and compliance, liaising with senior leadership on serious incidents, conducting internal investigations, and spearheading quality assurance reviews. Additionally, Joelle was instrumental in drafting and revising policies, and providing medical-legal guidance to staff. Her expertise in navigating medical-legal issues and dedication to improving patient care and safety standards highlight her valuable role within the organization.

In a previous role, Joelle served as associate counsel at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Office of Legal Affairs, where she played a pivotal role in defending healthcare providers and facilities within the United States’ largest municipal healthcare system, against high-exposure medical malpractice lawsuits. Her exceptional skills in preparing medical witnesses for depositions and trials and adept deposition defense capabilities earned her recognition, and she was given the responsibility to train junior attorneys in deposition techniques. Joelle excelled in developing successful defense strategies, leading to lawsuit dismissals and reduced settlements through meticulous medical record reviews, legal research, and collaboration with healthcare providers.

Earlier in her career, Joelle was an associate attorney at Thomas M. Bona, PC, where she defended various general liability insurance claims related to labor law, premises liability, and motor vehicle accidents. She managed an independent caseload and was the primary liaison for a multibillion-dollar global retail client. There, she honed her skills in legal analysis, drafting pleadings, conducting depositions, and appeared in trial and appellate courts.

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  • New York
  • Arizona

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York, Inc (AHRMNY)
  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • The Animal Legal Defense Fund


  • Granted US Patent #8,234,940 for a new trace evidence collection method


  • George Washington University, MFS
  • Pace University School of Law, JD
  • George Washington University, BA