Our Attorneys

Gregory N. "Greg" Etzel, JD
Vice President of Legal Affairs

gretzel@utmb.edu, (409) 747-8730

 

 

nathan

Nathan J. Andersen, JD, LLM
Senior Legal Officer

njanders@utmb.edu, (409)-747-8733

Nathan Andersen joined UTMB in 2009, and currently serves UTMB as Senior Legal Officer, offering guidance and counsel on a wide range of projects for various institutional clients. Additionally, Nathan was delegated to hold the position of UTMB Public Information Officer by Dr. Callender, fostering interaction with many departments and individuals at UTMB through information requests made under the Texas Public Information Act. Nathan is an honors graduate of Austin College, earned his JD from Baylor University and an LLM in Health Law from the University of Houston. Nathan has been licensed to practice law by the Texas Bar since November 1998, holding different positions with both large and small firms, representing a wide-range of client matters during his career.

 

Carolanda Bremond, JD
Senior Legal Officer

cabremon@utmb.edu, (409) 747-8735

Carolanda Bremond joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in January of 2011. She is an attorney specializing in employment law, and she currently provides guidance regarding all aspects of employment law and compliance issues to UTMB's internal clients, including, but not limited to, UTMB's Human Resources Department, Department Chairs and Administrators, and management. Prior to joining UTMB, Carolanda worked in the Labor and Employment Section in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., where her practice focused on a variety of labor and employment issues, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, workers' compensation, and other employment-related tort and contract issues. Carolanda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Africana Studies from Wellesley College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

 

tina

Tina M. Conlon, JD, LLM
Legal Officer

tsconlon@utmb.edu, (409) 747-8729

Tina Conlon joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2010. She is responsible for providing legal guidance, service, and assistance to UTMB departments and administration including drafting and editing contracts, risk management, medical malpractice, hospital-medical staff issues and relationships (including credentialing, bylaws, and peer review), corporate compliance policies, hospital operations and accreditation, medical records and HIPAA compliance, EMTALA and bioethics issues, the purchase or sale of goods or services, and correctional managed care issues. Prior to her arrival at UTMB, Tina's legal experience included work at the Houston-based law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP and Porter Hedges, LLP, and as Special Counsel for the Health & Human Services Commission in Austin. Tina spent a significant amount of her time working as defense counsel representing hospitals and physicians, as well as representing national corporations in complex commercial litigation matters including pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies. Tina holds a JD from Baylor University School of Law, an LLM in Health Law from The University of Houston Law School, and a BS from Texas Tech University. Tina obtained her license to practice in Texas in 2002.

 

Amarjyot S. "Amar" Purewal, JD
Associate Legal Officer

aspurewa@utmb.edu, (409) 747-8732

Amar Purewal joined the Department of Legal Affairs in January 2010. A native Houstonian and now islander-by-choice, Amar is licensed to practice law in Texas and currently serves as Associate Legal Officer. He provides legal advice and counsel on a variety of matters, including physician and hospital transactions, review of the institution's policies and procedures, export control compliance, student conduct and academic affairs, and other general health law questions affecting an academic health center. Amar received his undergraduate degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University, and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

 

 

Rohan Hebbar, JD, LLM
Associate Legal Officer

rohebbar@utmb.edu, (409) 747-8743

Rohan Hebbar joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in September of 2012 as an Associate Legal Officer in the Office of Institutional Compliance. In February of 2014, he transitioned to the Department of Legal Affairs. Rohan is responsible for reviewing and negotiating Clinical Trial Agreements as well as providing legal advice on a variety of research-related matters, including confidentiality of intellectual property and research data, publication rights of study findings, and institutional risk protection. Rohan received his bachelor's degree from the George Washington University, his JD from Tulane University, and earned an LLM in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He was licensed to practice law by the State of Texas in 2011.

 

Lauren M. Beamon, JD
Associate Legal Officer

lmbeamon@utmb.edu, (409) 747-8749

Lauren Beamon joined University of Texas Medical Branch in January of 2014. She currently serves as Associate Legal Officer and provides legal advice and counsel regarding all aspects of labor and employment law for UTMB. Prior to joining UTMB, Lauren worked in the City of Beaumont's City Attorney's Office, where her practice focused on a variety of labor and employment issues, civil litigation and contract issues. Lauren received her bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and her JD from Texas Southern University- Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She was licensed to practice law by the State of Texas in 2010.

 

 

Legal Affairs Organization Chart

Listed above are the members of the Legal Affairs staff, their contact information and their primary areas of responsibility. While you should feel free to contact any staff member for assistance, this list will help you to determine whom to call if you do not already have an established contact within the office. You may also simply call the office at extension 78738 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

Communications with office lawyers are protected by the privilege for attorney-client communications, and therefore are confidential, if they are made for the purpose of seeking legal advice on behalf of the university. Such communications can be revealed only to other university officials, on a need-to-know basis.

Although e-mail communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege to the same extent as communications made by other means, e-mail is not completely secure. We therefore encourage you to exercise appropriate discretion in using e-mail to communicate with us about sensitive matters.