Verrill Dana, LLP

Healthcare Department

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What the team is known for Offers expertise to an array of clients, such as universities, medical centers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and commercial institutional review boards. Strong transactional healthcare practice, acting on M&A deals, and also experienced in regulatory compliance and HIPAA issues. Possesses an impressive specialty in the area of biomedical research. Able to advise clients on their international operations, owing to its knowledge of a range of regulatory landscapes.

Strengths"The firm as a whole has been really strong," one client reports. "They draw in people with the subject matter expertise that we need and they're excellent in being able to inform us about specific downstream issues."

Another source describes the firm's lawyers as "bright and up to date in their fields," adding that "they work effectively at all levels."

A client calls the team "practical, focused on solving problems, easy to work with and very responsive."

Work highlights Advised pharmaceutical company Akebia on its compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation in relation to all of its business activities, including its international clinical research studies and the operations of its Irish subsidiary.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly smart" Andrew Rusczek has a growing healthcare practice and is well regarded in the market. He provides advice on strategy and regulatory compliance to a broad roster of clients including healthcare providers and medical research centers.

Sources describe Jeffrey Heidt as "an excellent communicator" who can "take complex matters and distill them to simple concepts." He is much admired for his healthcare expertise, particularly when it comes to regulatory compliance and reimbursement matters.

Kate Heffernan is a specialist in regulatory compliance as it relates to medical and scientific research, advising hospitals, research institutions and individual researchers on a wide range of issues. Sources describe her as "highly responsive and knowledgeable," and also say: "She's a dynamo, deeply familiar with the regulations and technically very highly proficient."

Senior counsel Mark Borreliz regularly provides compliance and governance advice to clients including hospitals and academic medical institutions. A source recommends him as "one of the smartest guys I've ever worked with anywhere," while another praises his ability to "distill complicated ideas for people without the same technical background."

Paul Shaw specializes in work relating to healthcare fraud and abuse, and is skilled at handling both civil and criminal litigation. Sources hail him as an "excellent lawyer" who is "terrific" in this area, with one peer noting: "He is great at working collaboratively."