Vilma is a Florida licensed Health Care Risk Manager. She provides legal counsel to healthcare facilities and others in all of her areas of practice, including liability and defense, and pertaining to electronic health records, e-discovery, healthcare technology, HIPAA compliance and data breach response.
Previously, Vilma served as chief legal and compliance officer for providers of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. She had oversight of corporate risk management, corporate governance and compliance programs and handled key strategic business matters, contract drafting and negotiation, and policy and procedure review drafting and implementation. She also served as Senior Associate Corporate Counsel for one of the largest providers of senior healthcare services in Florida. She handled health care regulatory and risk matters, litigation and compliance; managed post-survey and post incident investigations, appeals, negotiations of CMS and AHCA survey determinations and handled litigation of survey appeals through settlement negotiation and conclusion.
Vilma regularly provided management and oversight responses to government investigations, subpoenas, and civil investigative demands, and litigated regulatory, False Claims Act and qui tam cases.
Vilma commenced her legal career as an associate attorney at QPWB’s Tampa office assisting with the defense of administrative cases and in all phases of litigation, discovery and civil appeals on matters involving nursing home, assisted living and medical malpractice litigation. She also practiced with a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Tampa as an associate attorney handling class action cases in state and federal courts where she served as special projects attorney in medical malpractice and personal injury trials and litigation.
Vilma is fluent in Spanish, and proficient in Mandarin Chinese and French. In 1996, she received intensive language training in Mandarin Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Ms. Martinez served in the United States Army for two years and received an honorable discharge, bringing a background of unique experience!
1410 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, Florida 33607
Telephone: (813) 286-8818
Stetson University College of Law
University of South Florida