Mr. Cynkar, while at another firm, was lead counsel representing New York Life in New York Life Insurance Co. v. United States, a case against the federal government to recover medical expenses of New York Life’s older agents that should have been paid by Medicare.

New York Life had erroneously paid for the medical expenses of its older agents and sought reimbursement from Medicare. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that these agents were not “employees” under the Medicare statute, so that New York Life was entitled to reimbursement. The case settled with a significant payment by the federal government to New York Life.