Meet Our Founders
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville’s story began in the 1970s, when the firm’s founders were practicing healthcare law in the federal government. Galen Powers, Jim Pyles, and Ron Sutter met in the 1970s as colleagues at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW, later renamed the Department of Health and Human Services), where they gained unique understandings of the relatively new and rapidly evolving field of healthcare law and policy in the nation’s capital. After years of government service they set out to create a small law firm that would handle cutting-edge national healthcare issues while maintaining a personal level of service to clients.
With this goal in mind, Galen Powers, Jim Pyles and Ron Sutter opened the doors of what is now Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville in Washington, D.C. on February 14, 1983. The firm exclusively practiced healthcare law until 1994, when Dick Verville joined the firm, bringing with him five additional attorneys and the beginning of the firm’s education practice. In 2014, the firm further broadened its practice, adding an Indian Tribal Governments practice group. Today, the firm also has a thriving government relations and public policy practice as well as practices focusing on non-profit law and 340B Drug Pricing.