Tell us about your practice.
My practice focuses on healthcare regulatory compliance and government investigations. While I’ve spent the last seven years in private practice, I began my legal career in Washington D.C. working first at the Department of Justice, then later (where I spent the majority of my government career) with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services. I’m very fortunate to have a very diverse client base that includes, among others, hospitals and health systems, long-term/post-acute care companies, pharmacy benefit managers, biotech companies, specialty pharmacies, and private equity and their respective portfolio companies.
What is an interesting trend happening right now related to your field of practice?
The real challenge for the healthcare industry is how to reconcile the push toward value-based quality care with the cost constraints of providing care here in the United States. Technology is improving and I’m excited to see how things like artificial intelligence help improve outcomes. At the same time, the current payment model here in the United States coupled with laws that have not kept pace with these technological advancements are going to create more gray areas for the healthcare industry.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?
I applied to law school while teaching the sciences in Burkina Faso, West Africa, as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps. My thinking at the time, while sitting in the Sahel desert, was that I would become a human rights attorney. Obviously, I didn’t become a human rights lawyer but feel very fortunate where I landed.