June 16: SWINY and AMWA-NY Present the Business of Freelance


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As freelancers and contractors who work in medical communications, we know how to write successfully. But freelancing is also a business—and running the business end successfully requires a very different knowledge base and skill set. And it’s not taught in school.

AMWA-NY and SWINY have assembled a panel of experts to do this for us. A highly knowledgeable freelance medical writer and a specially experienced lawyer and accountant will each discuss central issues and answer your questions. Take advantage of this assembled business guidance and improve your ability to cope productively with the business of freelancing. Learn the important dos and don’ts.

Registration is now open.

Panel Moderator: Lloyd E. Zimmerman MD, MPH—AMWA-NY Chapter President, SWINY Board Member

As the head of Zimmerman Medical Communications (zimmermanmedicalcommunications.com), Dr. Zimmerman has written extensively in both promotional and medical educational capacities for both domestic and international clients. His work has included a variety of print and interactive-based programs in multiple therapeutic health care disciplines, including cardiovascular medicine, gastroenterology, metabolic disease, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, psychiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology. He is professionally active in the medical communications field, both as the Chapter President for the Empire State-Metropolitan New York Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and a board member of Science Writers in New York (SWINY).

Our Speakers Include:


Anjani Shah has a Ph.D. in cell biology and over 15 years of experience in the science communications field. Her diverse portfolio includes writing both technology and media backgrounders, press releases, patient materials, technology review articles, poster abstracts, website content, business plans, advisory board summaries and CME programs for audiences ranging from lay people to business professionals to scientists and physicians.

LAWYER: David Leichtman

David Leichtman is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Litigation Groups of Robins Kaplan LLP and has tried a variety of complex matters in federal and state courts across the country. He handles matters that include patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark cases, as well as a spectrum of litigation involving antitrust, environmental, contract, fraud, and other business torts. David also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts, Inc., as Vice-Chair of the IPO Committee on Copyright Practice, and on the NYIPLA Committees on Patent Litigation and Inventor of the Year.


Juda Kallus graduated from Baruch College in 1973 with a major in accounting. After an interim of part-time and seasonal work as a tax accountant, he began a 15-year tenure with the U.S. Defense Department as a contract auditor for their Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). During this time he moonlighted as a tax accountant, then established his own practice and also earned his Enrolled Agent certificate from the IRS. Juda’s practice thrived, and he left the DCAA in 1990 to pursue it full time. His single most important area of concentration and expertise has remained tax preparation and planning with freelancers and small-business professionals. Juda is a guest speaker at professional meetings.

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6 to 9 PM

Beacon Hotel, 2130 Broadway (at W. 74th Street), Manhattan, NYC

COST (includes dinner):
To register and pay for the event:

Please register by: June 9, 2016

For further information contact: Lloyd Zimmerman

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