Washington, D.C. – Sidley is pleased to announce that Brenna Jenny has rejoined the firm following service in senior legal posts at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). She brings extensive experience in the administration and enforcement of laws relevant to those in the healthcare industry. Ms. Jenny will be a partner in the firm’s global Healthcare and FDA practice, based in its Washington, D.C. office.
During her tenure at HHS, Ms. Jenny served as the principal deputy general counsel of HHS and chief legal officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, Ms. Jenny supervised an unprecedented wave of CMS regulatory flexibilities offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Jenny also served as the lead legal advisor for the Provider Relief Fund, a position that included formulating policy for reporting requirements and permissible uses of funds. Ms. Jenny was a co-founder of the HHS False Claims Act Working Group and routinely worked with the Department of Justice and the HHS Office of Inspector General on fraud and abuse matters relating to federal healthcare programs. She led implementation of the HHS Good Guidance Practices regulation and departmental efforts to implement the Supreme Court’s Allina decision, by advising HHS on the proper use of sub-regulatory guidance, including enforcement actions.
Before joining HHS, Ms. Jenny served as legal counsel to the head of DOJ’s Civil Division, supervising False Claims Act matters and opioid-related investigations, in addition to advising on litigation strategy for healthcare-related lawsuits.
“Brenna’s knowledge of both regulatory issues and the enforcement environment will be of great value to our provider, life sciences, and private equity clients,” said Paul Kalb, M.D., leader of Sidley’s global healthcare and FDA group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “She is an important addition to our award-winning team focused on representing clients in regulatory and enforcement matters and assessing regulatory risks associated with transactions.”
“Given Brenna’s senior public sector experience, she will offer clients considerable insight into government enforcement actions and the key regulatory issues that impact healthcare providers and life sciences companies,” said Jaime Jones, global co-leader of Sidley’s Healthcare practice. “We are excited that she has returned to Sidley and look forward to working closely with her to support our clients.”
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