Recently merged Polsinelli & Shughart has added Teresa Brooks as a partner to its health care practice in the firm’s 12-lawyer Washington office. Brooks is the fourth health care lawyer the firm has added in 2009.
Brooks is a former partner in Epstein Becker & Green's D.C. office in the firm’s health care group and a managing director of EBG Advisors Inc., a consultancy branch of Epstein Becker & Green.
She says greater fee structure flexibility factored into her decision to leave Epstein.
“Polsinelli has a dynamic business model,” Brooks says. “For health care clients in these times, value based purchasing is so much a part of the lexicon in terms of legal service fees.”
Brooks says she has been in discussions with Polsinelli for roughly the last eight months. She says the strength of the firm’s D.C. office with noted lawyers such as former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas); Edward Eynon, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.); and Anita Estell, a former President Bill Clinton appointee who served as senior adviser to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Richard Riley, were also factors in her decision. The merger in October was “icing on the cake.”
She says she has already brought some of her clients with her and is "hoping" to bring more.