Ex-Senator Richard Burr Joins DLA Piper as Well being Coverage Chief

Ex-Senator Richard Burr Joins DLA Piper as Well being Coverage Chief

Former Sen. Richard Burr (RN.C.) has joined regulation agency DLA Piper as a member of its regulatory and authorities affairs group, the place he’ll lead a newly established well being coverage consulting observe, the agency mentioned Tuesday.

Burr, who didn’t search re-election in 2022, joins the agency weeks after leaving the Senate. He spent three a long time as a lawmaker on Capitol Hill.

He was the highest Republican on the Senate Well being, Schooling, Labor, and Pensions Committee over the past Congress. The panel oversees a lot of the Well being and Human Providers Division, together with the Meals and Drug Administration, amongst different federal businesses.

Burr stepped down from his put up as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2020, amid an investigation into inventory trades he made earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic. He bought 33 shares across the time intelligence officers delivered closed-door briefings with lawmakers concerning the rising well being care menace.

He revealed final month that the Securities and Trade Fee ended its investigation, selecting to not take motion towards him over the trades. The Justice Division closed a separate felony probe of the trades in 2021.

Burr mentioned in an interview that he is becoming a member of DLA Piper as a result of he did not wish to be on the sidelines throughout one of many “most enjoyable” instances to be in well being care and life sciences. He is bringing a few of his former aides to assist DLA Piper purchasers navigate regulatory and legislative channels associated to points akin to healthcare and drug growth, Burr mentioned.

Margaret Martin, a former senior adviser of well being coverage on the Senate HELP panel, and Michael Sorensen, Burr’s former operations director, are becoming a member of him at DLA Piper.

Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, left, greets Sen. Richard Burr (RN.C.) earlier than a Senate Well being, Schooling, Labor, and Pensions Committee listening to in Washington, DC on Could 11, 2021.

Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg

“My group has the deepest data of well being care structure in Washington,” Burr mentioned. “That is going to be extraordinarily necessary as we start to see new applied sciences in well being care.”

DLA Piper is among the many largest regulation companies on this planet, with hundreds of attorneys and coverage advisers. Its consumer roster consists of pharmaceutical big Pfizer and biotech firm Illumina Inc.

The regulation agency reported roughly $12.4 million in Lobbying Disclosure Act income in 2022. It earned about $3 million in lobbying charges from Illumina and $350,000 from ResMed, a medical gear firm, in keeping with Bloomberg Authorities knowledge.

DLA Piper has added greater than 20 attorneys and advisers who concentrate on well being care and life sciences over the previous two years, in keeping with the agency. Jim Greenwood, a former Republican Home member, is now amongst its registered lobbyists.

Underneath congressional guidelines, Burr could be barred from lobbying his former colleagues for 2 years. He mentioned he is undecided on whether or not he would register sooner or later.

DLA Piper has additionally in recent times added Geoff Levitt, a former chief regulatory counsel at Pfizer, and Sharon Maylan an ex-FDA senior coverage adviser, every of whom are attorneys within the agency’s FDA regulatory observe.

Burr was first elected to the Home in 1994 and moved to the Senate roughly 10 years later.

He’s amongst a handful of lawmakers who’ve in current weeks headed to the personal sector after vacating their seat in Congress. On Monday, Arnold & Porter mentioned it had employed former Rep. Ron Form (D-Wis.) as a coverage adviser. Holland & Knight final month employed former Rep. Ed Perlmutter, (D-Colo.).

Mark Umbelens

Mark Umbelens