Ranked the second-largest U.S. healthcare law firm by Modern Healthcare (2012)
Recognized as a top 10 law firm within the Life Sciences Regulatory Super League by The Practical Law Company (PLC) (2012)
Listed as Recommended in PLC's Life Sciences Multi-Jurisdictional Guide (2012)
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Member, Health Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
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Joyce A. Cowan is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Healthcare Practice. A healthcare transactional and public policy attorney, Ms. Cowan has more than 20 years of experience assisting healthcare organizations—including hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and physician groups—before Congress and the Executive Branch. She has provided counsel to private equity firms and other organizations in the financial services sector that are investing in the healthcare industry in connection with a wide variety of healthcare financing, healthcare delivery, Medicare, Medicaid, appropriations, fraud and abuse, and related issues. Ms. Cowan has represented a range of clients—from multinational companies and private equity firms to smaller corporations and emerging businesses—in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
Ms. Cowan helps investors and the financial services community analyze the complex and evolving legislative and regulatory healthcare landscape in connection with investments in, and acquisitions of, healthcare organizations. She also counsels private equity funds with respect to regulatory compliance issues and enforcement actions faced by particular healthcare sectors and organizations; helps clients develop strategic plans that anticipate changes in coverage rules, reimbursement levels, and other components of federal and state healthcare programs; develops advocacy groups and coalitions to influence Medicare and other federal healthcare program policies; represents client interests before the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other federal healthcare regulatory agencies; and assists clients in the development of legislative initiatives and represents client interests before the U.S. Congress.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Cowan was a partner at an international law firm, focusing on the healthcare industry.
Ms. Cowan is a frequent speaker on Medicare, federal healthcare policy, and related topics. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Ms. Cowan received her J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School in 1986 and her B.A., cum laude, in political science from the University of Washington in 1983.
Ms. Cowan is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
- George Washington University Law School, 1986, J.D., With Honors
- University of Washington, 1983, B.A., Cum Laude