Carrie H. Wicker

cwicker@nbparis.com Direct Line:617-778-9108

 

Snapshot

Carrie has over ten years of experience in the private and public sector representing clients in a wide range of healthcare and litigation matters.  Her experience includes drafting legislation and regulations, representing clients facing government inquiries and advising clients on internal audits and investigations.  Prior to joining NBP, Carrie served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Deval Patrick and as the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), the Commonwealth’s largest Secretariat, which consisted of 22,000 employees, a $19 billion annual budget and 13 agencies, including the Department of Public Health and the Office of Medicaid.  Carrie has represented clients before arbitrators, administrative bodies and in state and federal courts.

Performance

  • While Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor, represented the Department of Public Health in investigations conducted by the U.S. House of Committee on Energy and Commerce and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions related to the Department’s oversight role of compounding pharmacies arising out of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that was traced back to New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.  Representation included producing thousands of documents in response to Committees’ requests, preparing testimony for witnesses and attending hearings before the Committees.
  • Worked closely with Attorney General’s Office in successfully defending the Massachusetts Division of Insurance in multiple lawsuits seeking preliminary injunctions to stop the Division’s disapproval of insurers’ increases to rates in the small business market
  • Had a key role in drafting, developing and implementing Massachusetts’ 2012 landmark healthcare cost containment legislation, know as chapter 224.
  • While General Counsel at EOHHS, part of the team that drafted Department of Health’s regulations on the following topics:  the determination of need process which lays out the steps required before a provider can move forward with a merger, acquisition or expansion in the state; the state’s “modest meals” requirements which provides the rules that a medical device or pharmaceutical company must follow when providing an educational presentation; and the regulations implementing the 2012 ballot initiative allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the Commonwealth.
  • Reviewed service level agreements and contracts including the MassHealth Acute Hospital RFA and vendor and procurement contracts, such as those involving managed care organizations, primary care accountable care organizations; and human service transportation providers.  Participated in responding on behalf of MassHealth to bid protests from unsuccessful applicants.
  • Part of the team that represented privately-held, for-profit human services provider in responding to Congressional inquiry related to client’s foster care program.
  • Part of the team that successfully represented a CEO of a Fortune 100 company in a multimillion dollar month-long arbitration proceeding.
  • Part of the team that conducted an internal investigation for a large medical device company related to potential violations of the federal anti-kickback law.

Credentials

Carrie graduated from Williams College in 2000 and from Northwestern University School of Law in 2005.  While in law school, Carrie was a Law Clerk at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Children and Family Justice Center where she represented indigent children and adults in criminal cases.  She also served as a Law Clerk at Lambda Legal’s Midwest Office and as a Senior Editor on the Journal of International Law and Business.  In addition to her time in the public sector, Carrie was a Litigation Associate at Foley Hoag LLP and later became Counsel in the firm’s Administrative Law practice group.

Professional Activities/Affiliations

Carrie is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.