At Khawam Ripka, LLP, our mission is to help active-duty, and recently active-duty military, win compensation for military medical malpractice that happened when seen by a military physician or military medical personnel.
A recent change in the law means it is now possible to file a claim with the federal government for medical military malpractice.
Please read below to discover more about our team:
Natalie Khawam is an experienced attorney, entrepreneur, and volunteer. She founded the highly-regarded Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, Florida, after working in both the Federal government and private sector for over 15 years.
Ms. Khawam graduated from Georgetown Law School and has an M.B.A. from the Fox School of Management at Temple University.
She has also been a volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and has won the Pro Bono Honorary Award from Georgetown University. She also holds an MS degree.
She is passionate about serving our Veterans, fighting for justice, and seeking the truth in all matters. Ms. Khawam practices Federal law, with a focus on whistleblower laws.
Ms. Khawam brings her passion for helping military personnel plus her extensive experience to the firm.
Mr. Ripka, a renowned trial attorney, is senior partner to the firm. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He holds various pro hac vice appointments, including in New Jersey, California and Florida. He began his legal career as a criminal prosecutor at the District Attorney’s office for Kings County. In 1992, he began in civil litigation, where he continues today, and has had New York State’s highest verdicts for the past five years.
Mr. Ripka currently practices in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Mass Tort, Products Liability, Consumer Fraud and General Negligence. He has tried countless cases to verdict and has recovered numerous awards over one million dollars. He is a member of the Medical Malpractice Hall of Fame, the American Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Jack Kelly is a Partner in the McPherson Group‚ LLP and a highly regarded adviser on the management of public policy risk to national and multinational corporations.
Previously‚ he has served as a political aide to two U.S. Presidents‚ served in staff positions with Congress and in the New York and Federal courts. For 28 years until his retirement‚ Mr. Kelly served in active and reserve components of the United States Army and he was the commander of a Special Forces unit. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit. From 2004 until 2018 he served as a member and Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Committee on National Cemeteries and Memorials.
Presently, he serves as member of the U.S. Advisory Committee for Arlington National Cemetery, the Army Distaff Foundation, the Advisory Council on Graduate Studies and Research for the University of Notre Dame, and the Fordham Law School Advisory Board on Corporate Compliance and Ethics. An avid runner he has successfully completed a number of marathons including the New York‚ Marine Corps and Boston marathons.
Jess Gill is passionate about advocating and providing justice on behalf of medical malpractice victims. Her passion for pursuing a career in law began at a very young age.
She is originally from the city of Leeds, UK and has gained legal experience within both the UK and US legal systems. She graduated with her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Leicester, UK and moved to the United States in 2018, graduating with her Masters in International Law from Stetson University College of Law, FL. Jess has previously completed a Judicial Externship Program with the Retired Honorable Judge Day under the Sixth Judicial Circuit Courthouse, St Petersburg, FL. She has also completed legal internships within the UK barrister’s chambers.
When she is not advocating for her clients, Jess enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, photography, and yoga.
Jess is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Megan Stayskal is an experienced professional who applies her natural business sense in her role as office manager of Khawam Ripka LLP. Megan overseers all day-to-day administrative functions and operations of the firm, and is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and Support with a concentration in Paralegal Studies from Purdue University.
Megan was born and raised in San Jose, California, is a proud mom of two little girls, and spouse to Sgt. Richard Stayskal whom the military medical malpractice bill is named after. Prior to joining the firm Megan attended nursing school until Richard was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
When she is not supporting the firm and her family, she is zealously advocating for the rights of our nation’s military service members.
Juliana Barona is a passionate and zealous professional that applies her knowledge of effective advocacy to best serve those in need. As a law clerk for Khawam Ripka LLP, Juliana is committed to actively learning, researching and critically analyzing any issue brought forth.
Juliana was originally born in Cali, Colombia and lived there until 1996 when her family migrated to Florida. She studied Communications with a concentration in Public Advocacy at the University of South Florida and graduated in 2015. In 2019, Juliana earned her Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, FL.
Juliana is the proud mother of a vivacious two-year old & she is a lover of classic literature, poetry and music. After losing her mother to breast cancer in 2019, Juliana fervently advocates for awareness of the disease and the fight for a cure.
Kamal Jefferson is a relentless fighter for Servicemembers and Veterans rights and is dedicated to serve those who have served with competent, straightforward diligence.
Kamal is originally from New York where he attended and graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a degree in Political Science. Most recently Kamal left the active-duty Army after 14 years of service to attend Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. During his active-duty career he spent 10 years as a paralegal in various locations and disciples, culminating as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for the United States Army Trial Defense Service, southwest region, based at Fort Hood, TX, receiving a Meritorious Service Medal. Currently, Kamal is pursuing his Juris Doctor at Stetson Law, where he services the Veterans Advocacy Clinic.
Kamal is a proud member of the team, who continues to serve with the Army Reserves.
Babu Uthaman is the Chief Financial Officer of Khawam Ripka, LLP and has been with the firm since the very beginning. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the States of New York and California.
Mr. Uthaman is also an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Uthaman has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from India and has several years of financial reporting and tax accounting experience.
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