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Jorge Lopez, Jr.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Jorge Lopez Jr. heads the national health industry practice. The health practice’s clients include major
academic medical centers, health care systems, manufacturers of drugs and devices, managed care enterprises, lenders and investors involved with health industry projects and various other health care-related enterprises.

Practice & Back ground

Mr. Lopez has more than two decades’ worth of experience advising clients on a  w ide range of health regulatory and public policy issues. He has advised clients on many of the major congressional health care initiatives considered in the past 20 years—including the Clinton Administration health care reform proposal, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010—and the implementation of many of these initiatives by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has particular experience in matters involving health care policy and regulation affecting cancer care; applications of the federal fraud and abuse law s to the hospital, pharmaceutical, pharmacy and medical device industries; and issues relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other state and federal privacy laws.

From October 1991 until November 1992, Mr. Lopez served as a legal adviser to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. He advised the campaign on delegate selection, ballot access, electoral college and other matters.

Mr. Lopez is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Community Involvement

  • Served on board of directors of the D.C.-area Catholic Charities or one of its affiliates since 1985
  • Served as board chairman to Anchor Mental Health, a large provider of services to mentally disabled adults in the D.C. area, from April 2003 to June 2004
  • Member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a top lawyer in the category of health care (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2013-2014) for health care law
  • Recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the health care practice area (2013-2014)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2014) – health care.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Affordable Care Act: How it Impacts Your Employees & Your Organization's Bottom Line,” National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Webinar (July 24, 2013)
  • “Navigating the Politics of Pricing and Reimbursement: Strategies for the Aftermath of Health Care Reform,” American Conference Institute (June 27, 2012)
  • “Promise and Pitfalls: Health Reform’s Medicare ACO Shared Savings Program,” Seton Hall Law Review (October 28, 2011)  “What’s Next f or Health Care? Will the Health Care Reform Law Really Work?” 2010 Annual Conference: Transforming Economic & Regulatory Challenges Into New Workplace Opportunities (October 25, 2010).

Areas of Experience

  • Policy and Regulation
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Health Care Regulatory Compliance Counseling
  • Health Care and Life Sciences
  • Health Information Privacy and Security
  • Health Policy and Legislation
  • Fraud and Abuse Compliance and Litigation
  • North America



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1984
  • M.A., Catholic University of America, 1981
  • B.A., Catholic University of America, summa cum laude, 1980



  • District of Columbia
  • U.S.C.A., 11th Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., D.C. Circuit
  • U.S.D.C., District of Columbia


HHS, Labor, Treasury Release Final Rule on Group Health Plan Wellness Programs

Health Sector Braces f or Wide Impact of Newly Released HITECH Omnibus Rule Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2013

Preliminary Analysis and Observations Regarding the Budget Control Act of 2011

CMS and OIG Propose ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers by Jorge Lopez Jr., Robert S. Salcido, Eugene E. Elder.
CMS and OIG Propose ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers

CMS Releases Proposed Rule on ACO Shared Savings Program

Second District Court Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

Media Mentions & Press Releases

AUG 19 Best Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 76 Akin Gump Lawyers in America

MAY 23 Chambers USA 2014 Ranks 66 Akin Gump Attorneys

JAN 24 Akin Gump’s Health Practice Takes Third Straight Practice Group of the Year Honors from Law 360

NOV 21 Eight Akin Gump Partners Listed Among Washingtonian’s “Best Lawyers”

AUG 15 Eighty-three Akin Gump Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers 2014 Edition

MAY 24 Sixty-five Akin Gump Lawyers Ranked by Chambers and Partners

JAN 28 Four Akin Gump Practices Selected as Law 360 Practice Groups of the Year

AUG 24 Eighty-five Akin Gump Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers List for 2013


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