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Paula M. Stannard

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Paula Stannard is a former deputy general counsel and acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she oversaw the Food & Drug, Civil Rights and Legislation divisions of the 450-attorney HHS Office of the General Counsel and provided legal advice and counsel to senior HHS officials, including the secretary of the department. 

At Alston & Bird, Paula advises clients on regulatory questions that arise out of the ongoing health care reform efforts and focuses her practice on HIPAA, and health information technology (including certified electronic health records (EHR) and meaningful use issues), food and drug, and other regulatory/ administrative law issues in the health care sector. Her HHS experience provides clients substantive knowledge of, and experience in, FDA, HIPAA, e-health and health IT, federal health insurance regulation, patient safety, and public health preparedness and emergency response issues. She is a frequent contributor to Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Security Blog.

Paula was an executive editor of the Stanford Law Review.  She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She clerked for the Honorable J.L. Edmondson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.