Mary Ashkar has worked as an attorney for the Center for Medicare Advocacy since 2002. She is currently a senior attorney, co-manages the cases of the Center’s largest client, and provides legal assistance, education, and representation on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who have been unfairly denied Medicare coverage or access to health care. Ms. Ashkar has extensive experience handling Medicare appeals through the appeal system, including at the Administrative Law Judge level. She also produces educational materials, and is a contributing author to the Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers, Inc. 17th Edition, 2016, Update Annual). Ms. Ashkar is a member of the Connecticut Bar. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 and received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2000. Before coming to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Ms. Ashkar practiced law at a firm in Dubuque, Iowa where she worked in litigation and employment law.