Press Release

Wiley’s Dot Powell-Woodson Named Distinguished AHLA Fellow

Recognized as a Top Health Care Lawyer & for Contributions to the Legal Community
June 22, 2020

Washington, DC – Wiley Rein LLP today announced Dorthula (Dot) H. Powell-Woodson, partner and co-chair of Wiley’s Health Care Practice, has been selected to serve as a prestigious Fellow by the American Health Law Association (AHLA) for her distinguished career and leadership in the field of health law. The AHLA Board recently announced the five Fellow honorees, with positions to take effect July 1.

“Dot is a trailblazer and leader in the legal profession and health care industry,” said Managing Partner Peter D. Shields. “This honor is a testament to an extraordinary legal career, enduring contributions to the industry, and an unwavering commitment to her clients.”

According to AHLA, Fellows are selected for their “career-long achievements, contributions, and tenure with AHLA, and their continuing service and leadership in the legal profession.” While maintaining a successful law practice, Ms. Powell-Woodson has a distinguished and extensive record of service to AHLA, having served on the Board of Directors, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, and as a member of AHLA’s editorial board for the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law.

Ms. Powell-Woodson’s impressive career spans a variety of leadership roles across the health care legal landscape, including serving as the Governor-appointed Director of Virginia’s health care agency, as a Virginia Assistant Attorney General, and as Vice President for Legal Services for two national health care companies. Ms. Powell-Woodson was honored with a prestigious “Women in Achievement Award” in 2015 by the YWCA National Capital Chapter, in recognition of her outstanding leadership, community engagement, and commitment to mentoring other women.

At Wiley, Ms. Powell-Woodson has built a successful practice and national reputation by marrying the skills and perspectives acquired through her multi-faceted and prestigious career to offer insightful counsel to her clients, which include numerous national and regional health insurers. She counsels clients on health care procurements and contracting, contract administration, and state and federal regulatory compliance relating to complex prime, subcontract and affiliate agreements. Her practice focuses on all major government health care programs including Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and TRICARE, and on federal statutory and regulatory requirements applicable both to government and commercial health care offerings including the Affordable Care Act, the HIPAA Administrative Simplification regulations, the HITECH Act, the federal health care Anti-Kickback Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

A longtime leader in the management of the firm, Ms. Powell-Woodson has been reelected repeatedly to Wiley’s two governance committees – the Executive Committee and the Management Committee.

The American Health Law Association is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. With over 13,000 members, AHLA’s membership is diverse not only in background but in their practice areas and settings. Members include health lawyers, compliance and privacy officers, finance officers, health care consultants, regulatory professionals, physicians, nurses, CEOs, public health officials, and others interested in health care legal and regulatory issues.

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