September 11, 2007

Former Senior Counsel at the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Joins Alston & Bird

Catherine A. Martin has joined the firm as a counsel in the Health Care Practice in its Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Martin joins Alston & Bird from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the Industry Guidance Branch. As Senior Counsel, Ms. Martin represented the OIG by determining whether an activity would implicate the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Civil Money Penalty Law, or the Federal Program Exclusion Authorities. In addition, Ms. Martin provided strategic counsel, case development support, and training on the fraud and abuse laws and regulations to other components of the OIG and governmental agencies.

Catherine’s broad understanding of health care regulations, coupled with her keen insight into fraud and abuse cases, will strengthen Alston & Bird’s guidance to our expanding base of health care clients. Her experience brings a new dimension to our strong expertise in federal government health care issues.

At Alston & Bird, Ms. Martin will advise clients on many aspects of health law, with a particular emphasis on fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid compliance, pharmaceutical drug pricing issues and false claims and other government investigation issues.

“Alston & Bird’s distinguished health care practice and its diverse client roster make it a great honor to join the firm,” said Ms. Martin. “I look forward to working with such a prestigious group of professionals.”

Ms. Martin will join Alston & Bird’s well-established health care practice, which includes such notables as former United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle; former United States Senator Bob Dole; Tom Scully, the former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and Marilyn Yager, a former deputy health care assistant to the President under the Clinton administration. The group is one of the largest health care practices among U.S. law firms. Alston & Bird is instrumental in helping to advise clients on a broad range of health care matters, including health care regulatory compliance, legislative policy developments, FDA compliance, fraud and abuse, false claims investigations, corporate transactions, HIPAA privacy and security requirements, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, among other matters affecting health care entities.

Previously, Ms. Martin was with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shiver, P.C., where she served as a Health Care Associate and provided representation to hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care providers. She earned her J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law and her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola College.

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