Firms make major additions, changes to bolster health presence

A number of prominent firms made recent additions to bolster health care ranks, providing more expertise relating to issues impacting entities from hospital systems to medical device companies.

Akin Gump

The Washington D.C. firm representing clients in the United States and overseas on commercial, environmental, regulatory, real estate, health care, and communications added former Wisconsin governor and HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson as an Adjunct Senior Advisor. Thompson was previously a partner at Akin Gump from 2005 to 2012. Thompson will work in an advisory capacity, providing advice to clients on a range of policy and business issues. As HHS Secretary, Thompson helped with the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003.


The firm has added associate Abby Bonjean to its Health Care practice in its Chicago location. Bonjean spent the last six years as an investigator with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), investigating large breaches, evaluating organizations’ responses to breach incidents and negotiating settlements – including a $5.5 million enforcement settlement, the largest such settlement to date. At Polsinelli, Bonjean will use her experience to help health care organizations implement measures to avoid data privacy breaches and manage other HIPAA compliance issues.

Verrill Dana

The Boston location added James Roosevelt Jr. as a member of the firm’s Health Care group. Roosevelt is one of the longest serving health care executives in Massachusetts, joining Verrill Dana after more than 10 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Health Plan. Roosevelt brings experience from both the provider and payer perspectives, having chaired the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and America’s Health Insurance Plans, and served on the board of the American Hospital Association. He is also a past president of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

The firm announced that Partners Alicia Donahue and Jon Strongman will lead Shook’s national pharmaceutical and medical device practice. The group will advise clients on navigating complex science- and health-based litigation, as well as the operational, technological and regulatory challenges of today’s business environment. Donahue, based in San Francisco, will take over as practice chair. Strongman, who will serve as the group’s vice-chair, is based in Kansas City and has worked with the drug and device industry for the entirety of his career.

Arnall Golden Gregory

The Atlanta and Washington D.C. based Arnall added a number of partners to its practice. Lanchi N. Bombalier focuses her practice on providing regulatory counsel for a variety of clients in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice agencies, rehabilitation therapy providers, substance abuse treatment centers, and other ancillary service providers. Jessica T. Grozine focuses her practice on federal and state healthcare regulatory matters, representing nursing homes, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other healthcare providers on issues relating to operations, compliance, certificate of need, and a variety of healthcare transactions. W. Jerad Rissler counsels and represents healthcare clients in a broad range of healthcare and business disputes, with a particular focus on issues involving government payments, defense of professional liability claims, and regulatory compliance.


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.

Two firms promote health lawyers, Hall Render opens new office

Both Proskauer and Polsinelli recently announced promotions. At Polsinelli, six health attorneys are now shareholders, and Proskauer’s promotions include experienced life sciences patent counsel. Hall Render has opened a new office in Annapolis, Maryland, staffed by six health attorneys who have recently joined the firm.


The first of November brought good news for 11 Proskauer lawyers, with seven new partners and four senior counsel promotions. Colin Cabral of the Los Angeles office specializes in complex patent disputes, including life sciences intellectual property rights. Before practicing at Proskauer, Cabral served as in-house counsel for a global life sciences company.


Also on November 1, 2016, Polsinelli announced the promotion of 31 attorneys to shareholder. Of those, six are involved in the firm’s health care practice. New shareholders Jeremy Burnette and Amy McCullough are located in Atlanta, Asher Funk and Kyle Vasquez practice from Chicago, Kelly Schulz is located in Kansas City, and Rebecca Frigy Romine practices out of the St. Louis office.

Hall Render

Hall Render has opened a new office in Annapolis, Maryland. This office welcomes six new health attorneys with significant experience. Notably, Al Adelman, the former president of the American Health Lawyer’s Association (AHLA); Tim Adelman, who currently serves as an AHLA board member; and Lew Morris, former Chief Counsel to the HHS Office of Inspector General, have chosen to further their private practice careers in the new Hall Render location. Rounding out the new team are Ronald Sheff, J. Patrick Garcia, and Eric Crowder.