Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville

When the firm was founded in 1983, each of the members shared a desire to establish a small Washington, D.C. healthcare law firm with a national practice. They planned to focus primarily on complex legal issues faced by hospitals, multihospital systems, physician groups, home health agencies, and the newer, evolving forms of healthcare delivery.

The members also sought to establish a firm that would emphasize, as a first step, problem-solving skills rather than litigation-oriented strategies on behalf of the firm’s clients. They also wanted to ensure the firm had a personal, rather than institutional, form of service to all clients.

While keeping the primary focus on healthcare, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville has gradually expanded capabilities to include a national education practice, public policy and government relations services, employment law services, representation of nonprofit organizations, and representation of clients seeking expertise in other areas of administrative law. In 2014, the firm further expanded its capabilities to include an Indian tribal governments practice group, which provides a full range of legal and government relations services to tribal governments and organizations.

The firm’s approach is informal, but candid. Principals and associates view themselves as part of the client’s team to solve problems, rather than as disinterested consultants retained to simply tell a client yes or no. The professionals at Powers seek not just solutions for a client, but a unique solution that best achieves the client’s objective.

Members and associates keep themselves abreast of legal, business, and practical and policy developments that may affect clients. Whether it is a new statute, a proposed regulation, an important new court decision, or a significant business development, the dedicated attorneys at Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville will promptly inform clients of the action and its ramifications. Clients can rest assured knowing the attorneys are well informed, current and plan accordingly.

Attorneys at Powers are nationally known and have written and lectured extensively on issues within their particular areas of expertise. Their backgrounds include service with the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Executive Office of the President, the Congress and the General Accounting Office, presidential commissions and the U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and they have extensive experience in the private practice of law.