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King & Spalding LLP


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What the team is known for

Strong regulatory capabilities and litigation strength, frequently advising on high-value Medicare reimbursement appeals for hospitals. Also acts on M&A and joint ventures involving providers, as well as health IT concerns. Also noted for its experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech space, advising on areas such as clinical trials, marketing and disputes. Offers skill in handling drug-pricing issues for pharmaceutical manufacturers.


One client says: "The strengths of this team are twofold – they have the expertise to handle nearly any FDA-related issue and they work very well together as a unit."

Another client reports: "King & Spalding is the best overall legal firm I have ever worked with from the perspective of being the most familiar with the issues, most capable of representing us, most professional, and most successful."

"I would rate King & Spalding in the top tier of attorneys that I have worked with - their personal touch and professionalism is second to none," a source says.

Work highlights

Acted for Ipsen in bringing an Administrative Procedures Act lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services concerning the treatment of two versions of its drug as the same product for price reporting purposes.

Developed a strategy for academic medical centers, such as Stanford Health Care, to increase annual reimbursement from the Medicare program.

Notable practitioners

Brian Bohnenkamp comes recommended for his experience in the pharmaceutical space. He is particularly adept at reviewing compliance programs and advising on transparency laws.
"He takes the time to understand our business, and gives practical advice and makes excellent risk assessments. We find him very easy to work with." "He's incredibly knowledgeable and his guidance has been greatly appreciated."

Christopher Kenny is recognized for his experience in Medicare reimbursement, particularly on behalf of hospitals and hospital systems.
"He is excellent - quick to understand the situation, patient when trying to get the full story, and good addressing the big picture." "He is one of our go-to's when it comes to Medicare reimbursement issues, and his advice and counsel has been invaluable." "He is very responsive and knowledgeable."

Daniel Hettich has an impressive healthcare practice advising hospitals, health systems and medical centers on litigation and investigations.
"He regularly demonstrates a deep knowledge of law, regulation and case histories, and has shown a propensity for developing new angles and creative solutions to challenges in our area." "His strengths are his exceptional response time and ability to adapt to changing situations along with his professionalism." "Dan Hettich is a very hard and dedicated worker, and his end product is of the utmost quality."

John Shakow has significant experience in pricing matters including Medicaid price reporting.  He also advises pharmaceutical clients on FDA regulatory matters and has expertise in handling internal investigations.
"He is one of the go-to people for drug pricing issues." "He's very collegial and very good with clients."

Mark Polston is a fine choice of counsel for a diverse client base, including health systems, hospitals and academic institutions involved in significant Medicare challenges.
"He is very responsive, has a strong grasp of Medicare laws and regulations and explains them in easy-to-understand ways." "He is truly our go-to lawyer." "His strengths are his brain, his analytical skills and professionalism. His weakness is that there is only one of him!"

Mark Brown has a strong practice advising on FDA regulations and high-stakes enforcement matters. His clients include pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.
"He is an excellent lawyer who provides timely and very practical advice and has relationships with regulatory agencies that prove invaluable in navigating very difficult issues." "He is able to translate the byzantine world of FDA enforcement to clients clearly and effectively." "He's extremely experienced, very well connected and knowledgeable."

Nikki Reeves is an expert in pharmaceutical-related compliance issues, with a particular focus on FDA matters. She advises on a wide range of issues, including corporate integrity agreements and FDA consent decrees.
"She has a great deal of experience working with large and small companies and can tailor her advice to her clients." "She is methodical and super knowledgeable about the industry. She thinks about issues from a practical perspective. She is very much about tying it to the industry and the real world." "She understands the end goal of the business and manages to provide pragmatic counsel, allowing clients to reach those goals."

Seth Lundy focuses on regulatory matters within the pharmaceutical and medical products field. His extensive FDA expertise sees him handling a range of complex fraud and abuse mandates, including investigations and litigation.
"He is excellent and has diverse industry experience; he gives practical advice to help navigate complex and often gray issues to a good result, and has a deep, deep understanding of our specific business." "There is no area of industry-side healthcare regulatory representation that he cannot handle." "He is very knowledgeable, thorough and responsive."

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King & Spalding LLP


1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Suite 200

Washington, DC

District of Columbia



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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

District of Columbia


Christopher P Kenny
Band 3
Daniel Hettich
Band 2
Mark D. Polston
Band 1

Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory

Brian A. Bohnenkamp
Up and Coming
John D. Shakow
Band 3
Mark S Brown
Band 3

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