Foley Hoag has hired two former Hill staffers for its government strategies practice in Washington.
Connie Garner, who until recently was policy director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has joined the firm as policy director of the government strategies practice. Stacey Sachs, who was previously health committee counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, joins as a senior health policy specialist. Both Garner and Sachs worked for the committee under its then-chairman former Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
While in the Senate, Garner worked on numerous legislative efforts including, the American with Disabilities Act, Mental Health Parity, Individuals with Disabilities and Education Act, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She also worked on the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act which was enacted as part of this year’s health reform legislation.
At Foley Hoag, Garner will focus her practice on advising national health trade organizations, health providers, national disability, patient advocacy organizations, and educational institutions. As policy director of the government strategies practice, a newly created role at the firm, Garner will help to grow the Washington office’s practices related to health care, life sciences, and education. She will also work to identify and follow legislative and regulatory priorities for the firm’s clients.
Sachs has worked for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions since 1998. She has been involved in all of the major Medicare and Medicaid policies over the past decade including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Before moving to the Senate, Sachs worked in the Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge in the Social Security Administration. She has also served as an attorney adviser in the Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges.
Garner and Sachs were not immediately available for comment.