WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 13, 2013Alston & Bird LLP today announced the addition of Dan Elling as a senior policy advisor to its Health Care Group in Washington, D.C.  Elling is perhaps Congress’ most experienced legislative veteran in the health care area, most recently serving as the staff director for the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee for Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI).  As staff director, he oversaw Medicare and health insurance policy for the Committee Republicans.

Elling joins one of Washington’s broadest teams of policy lawyers and advisors, including a bipartisan collection of four former Members of Congress that includes Senator Bob Dole, the former Majority Leader who was the longest-serving Republican Senate Leader in the history of the United States, Senator Blanche Lincoln, and former Congressmen Billy Tauzin and Earl Pomeroy.  Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group already includes an experienced group of former congressional staff and Administration experts, including a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and senior advisors in both the House and Senate, as well as FDA and CMS.

“Health care, and health care policy, is on the front page of every newspaper and on the tip of every tongue in our country today,” said Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays.  “Dan Elling has been in the middle of every major piece of health care policy for the better part of a decade, and he will be an invaluable resource to our clients as they navigate an industry in flux.”

“Dan Elling is unquestionably one of Congress’ top health experts but, as importantly, one of the most liked people on Capitol Hill,” said Tom Scully, senior counsel at Alston & Bird.  “He has a long track record of working with people in both parties to get things done.  He will be a great addition to our bipartisan team, many of whom he has been friends with for years.”

Elling holds a B.A. in political science and history from Gustavus Adolphus College and an M.A. in political management from the George Washington University.

About Dan Elling

Dan Elling serves as a senior policy advisor for the firm’s Health Care Group in Washington, D.C.  His representation and expertise centers on a myriad of health care legislative issues, including health reform and all its ramifications.

Mr. Elling, an experienced legislative veteran, formerly served as the staff director for the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee for Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), a role he previously served in for then-Ranking Member Camp and former Ranking Member Jim McCrery (R-LA); as staff director, he was responsible for all Medicare policy, as well as other health policy, for the Committee Republicans.

Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Elling served as health policy aide to former Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and legislative assistant to former Health Subcommittee Member Jim Ramstad (R-MN).  Before moving to Washington, Elling developed and analyzed health care research for a market research firm in Minneapolis.

About Alston & Bird

With more than 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 50 firm.  The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in health care, financial services and public policy.  The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States.  The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley, Ventura County and Washington, D.C.

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