Brian R. Stimson - McDermott Will & Emery


Brian Stimson is the former Acting General Counsel and Principal Deputy General Counsel (second-ranking lawyer) for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, DC. He represents health clients in litigations, arbitrations and government investigations nationwide. As part of his practice, Brian counsels clients on how to navigate disputes that present overlapping legal, regulatory, public policy and business considerations. His collaborative and pragmatic approach draws on his work as a high-level HHS official and a litigator.

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  • Prevailed in administrative appeal before CMS and obtained reversal of denial of Medicare Part D Application for Medicare Advantage Organization.
  • Represented state hospital association in litigation challenging regulatory limit on commercial reimbursement rates, which resolved after the state legislature provided relief to hospitals through a statutory amendment.
  • Provided strategic counsel to healthcare organizations and trade associations on numerous HHS rulemakings and prepared formal comment letters to HHS.

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  • The Legal 500 US, 2022
  • Superior Service Medal (2020), awarded by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for contributions during public health crises


  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member (2021); former Vice Chair, Payers Plans and Managed Care Practice Group (2007 – 2017)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Health Law Section, Member (2021); former Executive Committee Member (2012 – 2018)
  • Federalist Society, Member


University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2002
Vanderbilt University, BA, 1997

District of Columbia

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