Hooper, Lundy & Bookman has opened a lobby shop in Washington with a trio of health care policy experts from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.
Nonlawyers Martin Corry, Kelly Lavin and Alex Brill have joined Hooper to form its federal government relations and public policy department, the midsize health care law firm announced on Monday.
Corry, who was Buchanan's director of federal health policy, is the new department's chair. Lavin, who was Buchanan's assistant director of federal health policy, now serves as the director of the department. And Brill is the department's economic policy adviser, the job he had at Buchanan.
Corry lobbied at Buchanan this year for 14 health care organizations, while Lavin advocated for 11, according to congressional records. Their clients included Walgreen Co., the Radiation Therapy Alliance and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Brill, who also is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, didn't lobby at Buchanan.
Brill and Corry joined Buchanan in 2007. From 2002 to 2007, Corry was a special assistant to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrators, including Thomas Scully and Mark McClellan, after 15 years as the AARP's director of federal affairs. Brill came to Buchanan after serving as the policy director and chief economist for the Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee from 2002 to 2007 and staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2002.
Lavin came to Buchanan last year. She served as the director of federal government affairs for the American Physical Therapy Association for two years prior to joining the firm. She also was a legislative assistant to then-Representative Philip English (R-Pa.) from 2006 to 2009.