More partnerships, new hires for health attorneys in the new year

The latest round of health lawyer promotions to partnership and counsel, as well as new hires, was so strong leading into 2017, Wolters Kluwer has to cover it in two stories (see Health lawyers taking on new responsibilities for 2017, Health Law Daily, January 5, 2017). The firms of Akin Gump, Norton Rose Fulbright, Hogan Lovells, Arent Fox, and Verrill Dana have all recently focused on the talent in their health practices.


Akin Gump promoted Annisah Um’rani of the Washington, D.C. office, where she represents manufacturers and providers in government investigations and litigation involving various federal health laws. She also represents hospitals in matters related to reimbursement and enrollment. Um’rani previously worked for HHS, where she advised CMS on fraud, waste, and abuse prevention issues.

Norton Rose Fulbright promoted Cori Annapolen Goldberg and Benjamin Koplin in its new group of partners. In the New York office, Goldberg navigates food, drug and medical device companies through an array of matters, including research considerations and corporate compliance. Koplin, located in Austin, creates software for corporate compliance clients to better assess their data and handles investigations, anticorruption issues, and privacy concerns. He also defends providers in false claims litigation.

Hogan Lovells promoted two life sciences attorneys in its Washington, D.C. office. As counsel, Kristin Zielinski Duggan is a go-to for preparing clients for advisory panel meetings. She advises on compliance challenges, products liability litigation, agency decision appeals, and regulatory strategy for innovative products. Jennifer Agraz Henderson focuses on assisting medical device companies with regulatory matters. She is experienced in premarket submissions matters, and assists clients with advertising and promotion of their devices.

New hires

Arent Fox welcomed Jay Deshmukh and his extensive pharmaceutical litigation experience to its intellectual property practice. The New York office’s new partner will focus on generic manufacturers and Hatch-Waxman Act matters. He will also counsel brand companies on strengthening intellectual property protections.

Verrill Dana convinced Cecilie MacIntyre to return to private practice after working at the California Department of Managed Health Care as Assistant Chief Counsel. The Portland, Maine office will rely on her experience in handling legal and policy issues.

Health lawyers taking on new responsibilities for 2017

A new year means new law firm partners, and the announcements have been rolling in. Hogan Lovells, Hooper Lundy & Bookman (HLB), Adams and Reese, and Jones Day have all expanded their health practices through recent hiring and promotion.

New hire. Adams and Reese welcomed Jennifer Rowlett, an experienced health care liability litigator, to its Nashville office. After obtaining her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Rowlett began practicing civil litigation at a Nashville firm and then worked as a staff counsel for a Fortune 500 company.

New partners. Jones Day announced 47 new partnerships for 2017 at offices across the world. This includes Claire Castles of the Los Angeles office, who is experienced in advising on compliance, regulatory issues, and government proceedings in the health sphere. Her practice areas range from reimbursement to privacy issues, as well as government investigations.

One of HLB’s new partners is Eric Chan, a Los Angeles-based litigator focused on representing providers in complex litigation and arbitration. His B.S. in Cybernetics supports his area of emphasis in health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHRs) and meaningful use. Another promotion came for new transactional partner Sandi Krul, also of the Los Angeles office. Krul advises providers and suppliers on a wide variety of business transactions and is experienced in negotiating and drafting contracts to best protect her client’s interests.

HLB’s San Francisco office also boasts three new promotions. Katrina Pagonis, a former health law professor and now partner, navigates clients through regulatory compliance matters with an emphasis on health care reform and the health insurance marketplaces. Pagonis practices alongside two newly promoted senior counsels. Benjamin Durie serves as general corporate representation for health entities, facilitating transactions and ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Ruby Wood serves health institutions with her expertise in handling medical staff matters, privacy issues, and related litigation.

Hogan Lovells promoted many new partners, including Christopher Schott of the Washington, D.C. office. Schott advises pharmaceutical manufacturers on a variety of areas, including price reporting and compliance requirements, business models, public policy proposals and comments, and transactions.