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Today’s healthcare organizations are subject to ever-changing laws and regulations imposed by agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. These laws are often daunting and difficult to navigate for healthcare organizations that are targeted by such regulations.

King & Spalding’s Government Advocacy & Public Policy Practice offers expert legislative counsel for these healthcare organizations. Our professionals represent a broad range of healthcare clients, including for-profit and nonprofit healthcare providers; healthcare industry trade associations; patient advocacy organizations; pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies; and managed care organizations. Whether helping organizations chart a comprehensive congressional and regulatory strategy or simply a direct legislative recourse, our Washington-based government relations lawyers and professionals leverage our experience and long-standing relationships with key members of the House, the Senate and the administration to help our clients effectively manage their interactions with the federal government.

Our Government Advocacy & Public Policy team includes professionals who maintain strong bipartisan relationships with their former colleagues in both the House and the Senate and with other key individuals who add to our expertise in representing clients before the U.S. Congress. For example:

Prior to joining King & Spalding in 2005, George Crawford was chief of staff to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and he served as her principal adviser on policy, political and procedural matters.

Tom Spulak served as general counsel of the House of Representatives under former Democratic Speaker Tom Foley and as staff director and general counsel of the House Rules Committee. Mr. Crawford and Mr. Spulak are regarded as two of the most experienced and well-respected former Democratic leadership staff in the government advocacy field today.

Former Ambassador Lloyd Hand served on Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson’s staff and then as chief of protocol in the Johnson administration. Former Ambassador Hand enjoys bipartisan respect throughout Washington, D.C.

In the areas of congressional investigations, Ted Hester, Eleanor Hill and Dan Donovan have unparalleled experience representing clients before congressional committees and federal agencies and have been noted by Chambers USA as a team that “is particularly prominent in the field of Congressional investigations.”

The Government Advocacy & Public Policy Practice also has close relationships within the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services, a strength that is augmented by the substantive regulatory expertise provided by our colleagues in the firm’s Healthcare and FDA & Life Sciences practice groups.

George C Crawford 
T: +1 202 626 2625 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Thomas J Spulak 
T: +1 202 661 7948 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Eleanor J Hill 
T: +1 202 626 2955 WASHINGTON, D.C.