Washington, D.C. 20 January 2015 – In a move that will strengthen its already formidable health practice, Hogan Lovells has added Ken Choe, formerly a top-ranking lawyer at the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), as a partner.

“There are few lawyers of Ken’s caliber in the health field, and arguably none with more knowledge of legal issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, or Medicaid,” said Agnes Dover, global head of Hogan Lovells’ Government Regulatory practice group. “He will be a tremendous asset to our health insurer, provider, health information technology, and pharmaceutical and device manufacturer clients. Ken’s skills and experience are a great addition to our firm, which already boasts a large number of health lawyers who served in the government.”

Choe was an integral member of the Obama Administration’s core health care reform team, and brings a wealth of experience to Hogan Lovells. At HHS, he was the Department’s legal point person in enacting, implementing, and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also served as lead counsel on matters involving Medicare, Medicaid, health IT, and the health plans offered on the newly created insurance exchanges, among others. Before joining the Administration, Choe was a litigator at the American Civil Liberties Union, and he brought his litigation skills to bear in working closely with the Department of Justice on Affordable Care Act challenges -- including at the Supreme Court in 2012. Choe began his legal career in the Clinton Administration where he served as an assistant to the HHS General Counsel.

“I look forward to helping plans, providers, suppliers, and others in the health care sector navigate the challenges in the legal landscape occasioned by the health care reform legislation,” said Choe. “Hogan Lovells presents the ideal platform from which to launch my practice.”

Choe earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Hogan Lovells has one of the largest and experienced health practices in the nation, providing advice across the full range of health issues including fraud and abuse, coverage and reimbursement, health reform, regulatory compliance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and health information technology.  It assists clients both large and small including global insurance companies, health care systems, hospitals and other providers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and health information technology companies.

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