Key non-attorney members of the NLG team

Chief Healthcare Innovation Officer

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James Gillespie is the Chief Healthcare Innovation Officer at Nixon Law Group. Leveraging his extensive experience as an entrepreneur and executive, James works with our clients on a variety of innovation-related initiatives, including creating business units for new products and services, developing the right strategy around financing for start-ups, implementing best practices, and promoting a culture of innovation.

In addition to his role at Nixon Law Group, James is a Senior Advisor & Consultant at Stanford University School of Medicine Clinical Excellence Research Center, a Research Affiliate at Yale University School of Medicine Center for Digital Healthcare & Innovation, and President & Co-Founder of the non-profit Center for Healthcare Innovation

James holds a PhD, MA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, JD from Harvard University School of Law, MPA from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, and BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he also received graduate training from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy. He has published in leading peer reviewed academic journals and top industry trade magazines. His latest book is “Patient-Centric Analytics in Health Care: Driving Value in Clinical Settings and Psychological Practice” published by Lexington Books (New York). 

Director of Firm Operations


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.

Affiliate Attorneys

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 Richard patent attorney

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.

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property counseling

  • Patent Prosecution

  • Intellectual Property litigation

  • Intellectual Property transactions

Seth Stark real estate and transactional law

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.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Transaction

  • Corporate Transactions

  • Business Law

  • Political and Election Law