Health practices expand, AHLA names new president

Several firms have recently taken advantage of experienced attorneys’ readiness to make career shifts by expanding their health practices. McDermott Will & Emery (McDermott) and Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Greenberg) have chosen to welcome these additions as partners. In addition, Ogletree Deakins is proud to announce that one of its shareholders was named as the next president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

AHLA leadership

The AHLA has selected Rob Niccolini, a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins and co-chair of the firm’s health care practice group, to serve as president of the association for fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020. The AHLA board of directors is tasked with selecting the president, and AHLA Board President Charlene McGinty stated that Niccolini is a thoughtful leader with a strong work ethic and commitment to the health law industry. Niccolini has served as chair and vice-chair of several committees and groups within the AHLA.

New partners

Michael Austin has chosen to return to McDermott as a partner in the firm’s Miami location. Austin served as hiring partner at DLA Piper, leading his office’s health care litigation practice, before choosing to return to McDermott—where he worked for over a decade early in his career. Austin’s practice will focus complex health care litigation matters.

Russell (Chip) Gaudreau III is now a shareholder in Greenberg’s New York City’s location. His practice focuses on counseling large pharmaceutical and medical device companies involved in complex product liability litigation. He joins Greenberg after serving for several years as a partner at Reed Smith.

New hires

Polsinelli expanded its California health care practice for the second time this year by hiring three new attorneys. Erin Muellenberg, Richard Rifenbark, and Anna Suda will support the firm’s clients in regulatory and compliance matters, including fraud and abuse issues and health care transactions.

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.