This month’s Professional Spotlight highlights Allyn Rosenberger, Associate in the Powers Healthcare practice group. Before joining the firm, Allyn clerked for the Honorable Edward G. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She previously served as a healthcare associate at a large international law firm, reporting and analyzing state and federal telehealth policy developments, advising behavioral health and women’s health providers on the digital health regulatory landscape, summarizing legal considerations for clients hosting workplace COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites, and developing presentations for health systems to help them address the social determinants of health.

Q: Why did you choose a career as an attorney in the Healthcare practice group?

A: I’ve always been incredibly interested in healthcare, particularly public health, but I knew a career in medicine wasn’t right for me. I attended college here in DC and was surrounded by lawyers and policy professionals, many of whom were working on healthcare issues. During that time, I witnessed firsthand the essential role law and policy play in creating a more functional and equitable healthcare system. I graduated from college with a degree in healthcare management and policy and went on to pursue a JD/MPH, committed to working at the intersection of law, policy, and healthcare. Today, as an attorney in the healthcare practice group, I can use my legal training to help create health structures and systems that meet the needs of the patients and families who need them.

Q: What do you like most about working at Powers?

A: My colleagues! I feel very fortunate to work with—and learn from–so many health law and government affairs experts every single day.

Q: What advice do you have for young people hoping to start a career in law?

A: You can never do too many informational interviews. I had a pre-conceived notion of what it meant to be an attorney that did not completely align with what lawyers actually do day-to-day. I conducted dozens of informational interviews to better understand what it meant to be a healthcare lawyer and whether that path made sense for me. Law school is a time-consuming and financially burdensome decision; I encourage everyone considering a career in law to be certain it’s a path they want to pursue. And, as an added bonus, with every informational interview, you build another connection that will only benefit you down the road.

Q: Do you have any hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work?

A: I’m a huge live music fan! I keep track of all the concerts I’ve seen in a google doc (it’s the lawyer in me…), and I recently saw my 50th show. I’ve also gotten into cycling over the past year and try to get out for a ride most mornings before work.

Q: If you were not in law, what profession would you have chosen?

A: I love teaching, which explains why I like regulatory law so much – you get to become an expert in something and distill it down for others. So, I’d have to say a teacher! Probably elementary school.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

A: I really enjoy exploring the DC restaurant scene – I think it rivals any big city! Right now, my favorite spot is Lapis, especially for brunch.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania! And I’m a huge, huge fan of my hometown. I’m always convincing friends to visit it with me.

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