Polsinelli continues momentum in health care with addition of well-known health care policy attorney Mark Weller
Distinguished public policy attorney Mark Weller has joined Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli as a shareholder in the national Public Policy Practice. Weller’s addition expands the firm’s already strong regulatory and government affairs presence in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
Weller’s practice specializes in public policy and advocacy in the health care transportation and financial services sectors, with a focus on market planning and development, direct lobbying and regulatory consulting, as well as strategic communications initiatives for crisis management and litigation. He represents corporations, industry associations, provider groups and hospitals in federal legislative and regulatory matters before Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Treasury, the Department of Transportation, and Department of Interior.
“Mark is among the most highly-qualified and experienced public policy attorneys in Washington,” said Polsinelli’s Public Policy Practice Chair Alan Wheat, a former U.S. Congressman. “Mark is a valuable asset to our practice and to our firm as a whole as we continue to expand our health care capabilities and elevate our presence in Washington, D.C.”
Weller further strengthens Polsinelli’s health care capabilities with his deep experience in health care public policy issues and previous work in health care law, and as a founder of a medical technology start-up. Weller joins the firm at a time of great momentum for Polsinelli’s health care team; this month the firm was ranked No. 1 in American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) 2018 Top Honors report, as well as the second-largest healthcare law firm by Modern Healthcare in its 2018 Healthcare Law Firm Survey.
“I am proud of our firm’s ability to continue to attract top talent,” said Polsinelli’s Washington D.C. Office Managing Partner Phil Feigen, who also serves as the firm’s national Banking and Financial Institutions practice chair. “Our attorneys’ ability to bring key insights and collaborate across our national platform of 21 offices coast to coast enhances our ability to guide clients in responding to ever-changing regulations.”
Earlier this year, Iliana Peters, former OCR enforcement lead at the Department of Health and Human Services, joined Polsinelli’s Washington D.C. office. The firm opened its Washington D.C. office in 2005 as part of the firm’s strategy to provide clients with access to the resources of the federal government. Today, more than 60 of the firm’s more than 825 attorneys are based in Washington D.C. providing strong capabilities in public policy, government contracts, health care, intellectual property and litigation.
“Polsinelli’s public policy team has an excellent reputation for solving problems in Washington,” Weller said. “I look forward to contributing to a group that offers an unparalleled blend of political experience and substantive policy capabilities on some of our country’s most pressing issues.”
Weller regularly creates and manages multi-member coalitions of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, health care providers and stakeholders around a common goal, often focused on major national health policy issues. He has achieved success health care legislative success in FDA, Medicare, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy compounding issues, as well as federal stimulus and tax issues in the transportation arena.
Weller’s deep familiarity with both congressional and regulatory decision-making came from his experience on the staff of U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., along with his roles as an attorney for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and as a manager of the Washington office of Ball Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.
He is frequently called upon for his extensive experience in policy matters. Weller has appeared on 60 Minutes, ABC Money Matters, CNN, CBS Evening News, CCTV Biz Asia America, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News and The Today Show. He has served as a resource to reporters to discuss topical issues, including mentions by The Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, CQ Weekly, Health News Daily, HME News, Legal Times, Reuters, Time Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Fox Business Channel.
Weller earned his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1983 after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He is currently involved in several civic and philanthropic organizations, including serving as a reading tutor for Everybody Wins! DC and the Men’s Ministries at the Falls Church Anglican Church. Previously he served on the boards of the National Wildlife Coalition, the National YMCA Youth and Government Program, and organized the YMCA’s USA/USSR Youth Adult Exchange Program. .
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