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09.17.2014 Firm News

Former Virginia Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources Matthew Cobb Joins Williams Mullen

Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that Matthew M. Cobb, former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia and former Assistant Attorney General, has joined the firm as a Partner in the Health Care practice. He will be working out of the Richmond office.

Mr. Cobb focuses his practice on health care, life sciences and technology issues. His clients include companies in the home health, medical technology and equipment industry, both in helping start-ups building their company and representing his clients before the General Assembly, state agencies and various courts throughout the Commonwealth.

Mr. Cobb  was appointed by former Governor Robert McDonnell in 2010 to lead the day-to-day operations of the HHR Secretariat, including policy development, planning, legislative affairs, and intergovernmental relations. In that role, he was a lead negotiator for the multi-billion dollar settlement between Virginia and the Department of Justice which resulted in the creation of 18 project teams to implement the terms of the agreement focusing on quality assurance and risk management. He also collaborated on the Virginia Health Reform Initiative, and oversaw HHR initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Cobb served as Assistant Attorney General, where he represented the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  He has experience in a wide array of health care matters, including Title 32.1 of the Virginia Code, the Certificate of Public Need Program, the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Process Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and federal requirements for compliance with Medicare/Medicaid requirements for home health agencies and nursing facilities.

Matt graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2001, where he earned his Doctor of Law degree. He also earned a B.A. in Leadership Studies and History from the University of Richmond.