Gammage & Burnham wishes a fond and grateful farewell to John Dacey as he transitions to focus full-time on his non-profit work.
During his time at Gammage & Burnham, John understood and communicated the ins and outs of Arizona’s healthcare system, particularly AHCCCS, ALTCS, DES-DDD and behavioral health to his clients. He dedicated his career to representing health care and social service providers, schools and other service organizations in a role that primarily focuses on providing counsel related to regulatory compliance, reimbursement, contracts, employment, nonprofit governance, government relations, consumer and vendor disputes and insurance coverage. John has a well-earned reputation for his proactive approach, which involves trouble-shooting and preventative guidance designed to help his clients avoid legal issues before they arise.
In his career, John has practiced in federal, state and tribal courts, administrative agency proceedings, and has conducted alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a judge pro tem of Maricopa County Superior Court and as a federal court-appointed mediator. He represented a variety of provider trade associations in matters of public policy, regulatory reform and legislation. During his time with the firm, he focused his pro bono efforts on criminal justice reform, specifically on the abolition of private, for-profit prisons.
During his first 12 years in practice John worked for nonprofit legal aid and public interest law firms where he handled poverty law, disability law and jail conditions litigation, including class actions.
His career appears to have come full circle, back to the work that pulls at his heartstrings the most. John is the founder and executive director of Abolish Private Prisons, an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to criminal justice reform. You can learn more about his nonprofit work and follow along on social media: abolishprivateprisons.org You may have seen the recent feature on John’s efforts in the early October issue of the Arizona Capitol Times.
A note from John himself to everyone at G&B:
“I came here in 1990 to take care of my family and that’s what working here enabled me to do. I now want to work on criminal justice reform through the nonprofit I founded several years ago.
It’s been a privilege to work with such good people all these years. While most of my time internally has been spent working with our lawyers, I cannot say enough good things about how much I have been supported, and how very much I have relied on everyone I have had the pleasure to work with over the years. The staff at G&B is terrific. I wish everyone all the best.