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Carrie Nixon, Esq. is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Nixon Law Group and CEO of Nixon HealthNexus, a healthcare reform and innovation consultancy. She also serves as Special Advisor to Empactful Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Carrie is an expert in healthcare law and policy issues relating to healthcare reform and value-based delivery/reimbursement, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs), MACRA and MIPS reporting, Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), public and private Health Insurance Exchanges (HIM and PHIX), Health Information Exchanges (HIE), and mobile health/telemedicine. She provides counseling in governance and regulatory compliance matters such as HIPAA/privacy and fraud and abuse restrictions. Carrie represents health tech companies and healthcare startups, along with hospitals and health systems, health plans, individual physicians and physician groups, pharmacies, and post-acute care providers.
As a longtime attorney for a variety of clients in the assisted living and long-term care industry, Carrie has on-the-ground experience with the unique challenges facing those who serve our aging population. She has successfully defended these clients against malpractice claims and deficiency citations, helping them to navigate the ever-changing regulatory and risk management landscape.
Carrie is the founder of two successful companies and co-founder of a thriving non-profit public policy organization. She takes a comprehensive, integrated approach to serving clients, combining her expertise in law, public policy, and business strategy with skills in strategic communication and negotiation. This approach is particularly well-suited to clients navigating this new era of healthcare reform and value-based delivery/reimbursement. Carrie advises and advocates for her clients from every angle, using legal frameworks, business acumen, and a broad network of expertise and influence to achieve target outcomes.
After receiving her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, Carrie began her legal career as an attorney at Mintz Levin, an AmLaw 250 firm. She practiced in the firm’s DC office as part of the Health Law section. Carrie later joined the DC office of Reed Smith, another AmLaw 250 firm, practicing in the litigation section with an emphasis on healthcare litigation. She is a member of the Virginia Bar and DC Bar. Prior to attending law school, Carrie worked for a senior leader in the US House of Representatives as Deputy Policy Director. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Rebecca E. Gwilt, Esq. is Co-Founder and Partner at Nixon Law Group. She provides legal, regulatory, and business guidance to health care clients, focused primarily on public and private healthcare reforms (e.g., ACA, HITECH, MACRA, bundling/accountable care), digital healthcare (including mHealth and telemedicine), integrated care, value-based care, fraud and abuse (Stark, Anti-kickback, False Claims, and CMP), and healthcare privacy/security (HIPAA, FERPA, Part 2, GDPR). She also provides corporate and transactional services to healthcare clients, including business formation and dissolution, corporate contracting, licensing, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and reimbursement. She has a particular interest in serving growing digital healthcare/healthcare technology businesses and clients in the regulated medical cannabis industry.
After graduating from the top-ranked Health Care Law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Rebecca served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she worked with CMS leadership and the President’s domestic policy counsel to develop Affordable Care Act (ACA) policy, guidance, regulations and technology contracts. Since that time, she has advised hundreds of healthcare industry entrepreneurs and innovators. Her expertise includes deep knowledge of healthcare laws and regulations affecting various stakeholder groups, including large and small employers, healthcare providers, payors, and healthcare software and services vendors. She brings to her clients a functional knowledge of health care policy, regulatory compliance, and law, and is a thought leader regarding the future of public and private health reforms. She is also the author of the “Virginia Telemedicine Guide” and “How to Start a Healthcare Practice.”
Rebecca was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Board of Medical Assistance Services, which oversees the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program. She is a member of The American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. She is also co-founder of the Virginia Cannabis Industry Association. She lives with her husband and two sons in Richmond, VA.
Thomas (“Tommy”) Miller, Esq., is Senior Counsel at Nixon Law Group and is licensed in Virginia and Maryland. Tommy has served the healthcare industry exclusively during most of his career, representing healthcare providers and suppliers, health tech companies, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech clients. His deep knowledge of issues impacting these highly regulated businesses allows him to provide practical business and legal advice in the areas of licensure and certification, payment and reimbursement, commercial transactions, legal and regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and patient privacy.
In law school, Tommy was a Law Clerk at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Hearings. There, he assisted with the adjudication of administrative appeals related to Part C and D drug plan application denials. After graduating from law school, Tommy spent a brief time as a creditor’s rights and Bankruptcy attorney and later joined a Richmond-based health law firm where he represented large and small healthcare clients, including physician practices, health systems, long-term care providers, and community hospitals.
Tommy left private practice and took an in-house counsel position with a global pharmaceutical company where he partnered with the business and learned to “walk in their shoes” on key initiatives in the development and commercialization of new and existing drug products. During his time in-house, Tommy advised on a broad range of matters including managed care and market access, drug marketing and advertising, specialty distribution, patient and consumer privacy, patient safety, and best compliance practices in the areas of physician engagement, aggregate spend (Sunshine Act), and third-party educational programs and grants.
Tommy has also spent time assisting a Top 25 pharmaceutical client to maintain smooth operations through a significant merger. With that client, Tommy provided general transactional advice and worked primarily on managed care strategy and contracting, including drafting and negotiating innovative value-based rebate agreements with some of the countries largest insurance payers and pharmacy benefit managers.
Tommy graduated cum laude from both the University of Baltimore School of Law and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Health Lawyers Association, and has co-authored, published, and presented on a variety of topics. Tommy was voted into the Virginia State Bar, Health Law Section, Board of Governors for the 2019-2020 term. He lives with his family in the Richmond metro area and is a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus.
Caitlin (“Cait”) Riccobono, Esq. joined Nixon Law Group as Counsel in 2017. Prior to beginning her career as a healthcare lawyer, Cait spent five years in skilled nursing/long-term care facilities as a social worker. She puts this front-line experience to work for her clients, utilizing her unique perspective to craft practical solutions in a complex regulatory environment. Not surprisingly, Cait particularly enjoys working with clients in the post-acute sector, including home health, assisted living, rehabilitation/skilled nursing, and hospice.
In addition to her post-acute clients, Cait advises physician practices and other healthcare entities on a range of issues, including general compliance and risk management, telehealth/telemedicine, IT privacy and security, fraud and abuse, provider/payor/patient contracts, and licensing/administrative matters. She has a particular interest in assisting clients with the integration of technologies—both health-related and mainstream—into healthcare settings, and enjoys working with healthcare technology clients on matters related to data governance.
Cait graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law and led her own healthcare firm prior to joining Nixon Law Group. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA/VCAL), and the Richmond chapter of Aging2.0. Cait serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care and is co-chair of their Public Policy Committee. Cait is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is based in the Firm’s Richmond office. She lives in Henrico County with her two “legal beagles” (the parabeagles).
Kaitlyn O’Connor, Esq. joined Nixon Law Group as Counsel in 2018. Kaitlyn combines her knowledge of business law and healthcare to provide real-world solutions for clients navigating this uniquely complex intersection.
Kaitlyn’s areas of practice include digital health, medical cannabis law and policy, telehealth, fraud and abuse, and HIPAA privacy/security. She provides legal, regulatory, and business guidance to healthcare providers across the spectrum of care, as well as early-stage companies and vendors serving the healthcare industry.
After graduating magna cum laude from Syracuse University, Kaitlyn attended William & Mary Law School, where she served as a member of the Business Law Review. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Connected Health Initiative (CHI), and the Virginia Cannabis Industry Association (VCIA).
Kaitlyn is based in Nixon Law Group’s Richmond office and resides in the city with her dog, Oshie.
Katherine Bain, Esq. is a Virginia-licensed attorney and Of Counsel at Nixon Law Group. Katherine provides legal, regulatory, and business guidance to clients in the healthcare technology space, with a particular expertise serving Software as a Service clients. She assists high growth health tech clients with licensing agreements, regulatory compliance, corporate transactions/mergers/acquisitions, employment contracts and disputes, and general contract drafting/negotiations.
During the course of her career, Katherine served as Outside General Counsel for healthcare liability insurers, represented a Fortune 200 pharmaceutical company in a multi-billion-dollar class action settlement, and represented global Fortune 500 retail companies in technology matters and corporate transactions. She brings a wealth of experience in business strategy, transaction negotiation, process and project management, data analysis, strategic communications and legal acumen to deliver thoughtful and targeted outcomes for her clients.
Katherine graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. Prior to joining Nixon Law Group, she was an attorney with Hunton & Williams LLP, an AM 100 law firm, where she specialized in technology transactions, outsourcing, and general transactions for Fortune 500 clients. She is a member of the Virginia Bar association and is based in the Firm’s Richmond office. She volunteers with the Science Museum of Virginia Liaison Committee and lives in Henrico County with her husband and three children.
Sasha Bentley is the Director of Firm Operations for Nixon Law Group. From business strategy to case and client management to marketing and more, Sasha leads the operations of Nixon Law Group and assists Carrie and Rebecca in actualizing their innovative vision for the Firm, our attorneys, and our clients.
Sasha is a graduate of the University of Washington and led her own consultancy firm prior to joining Nixon Law Group. Sasha is an entrepreneur and has worked in law firms, big and small, for a decade in paralegal and administrative capacities to become a skillful business operations specialist. Now she brings this experience to Nixon Law Group to manage and help drive growth of the firm while maintaining efficient operations.
Sasha is also a community organizer who is passionate about civic engagement. She created a civics educational card game and ran for office in 2018 and regularly works to bring together people and resources to build organizations and strengthen communities. She lives in Washington State with her husband and cat, Neko.
Sometimes, our healthcare clients need legal services outside our areas of practice. For instance, we do not typically handle real estate transactions, nor do we file patents. However, we are able to serve our clients in areas outside the scope of healthcare law through an alliance of small affiliate firms across the country, started by attorneys from the best law schools with experience at top tier law firms or in government. Meet some of NLG’s affiliate attorneys.
Patrick Richards is a registered patent attorney and the founder of Richards Patent Law. After practicing law with a large multi-national law firm as a partner in the intellectual property, media and technology group, Patrick started his own firm with the intention of providing the highest quality patent services in a firm accessible to small and mid-size businesses.
Patrick’s primary focus is in helping businesses to identify and protect their valuable intellectual property assets. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property transactions (including sales and licenses) and patent litigation.
Intellectual Property counseling
Intellectual Property litigation
Intellectual Property transactions
Seth Stark of the Law Office of Seth Stark has focused his practice of nearly twenty-five years in real estate and transactional law, working with start-ups and small- to mid-sized companies. He represents a variety of business entities, including medical professionals, real estate developers, and lending institutions throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.
Seth also has over ten years’ experience in elections law. He recently served as General Counsel to the Democratic Party of Virginia, and is currently one of three members of the Fairfax County Electoral Board.
Real Estate Transaction
Political and Election Law