Matthew Edward Wetzel is an experienced health care lawyer and advocate, providing fraud and abuse, transparency, and compliance counseling to medical device and diagnostics manufacturers, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as to other health care and life sciences organizations.
Matt assists clients in developing and implementing compliance programs; developing policies and internal controls; conducting internal investigations and audits; and analyzing complex health care arrangements under the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the Sunshine Act and other laws.
Matt represents health care clients before key federal and state policy-makers, including Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General.In addition, Matt has represented medical device, pharmaceutical, and other life sciences and health care companies in a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, and joint ventures.
He has also previously served as outside counsel to private equity and venture capital firms in connection with corporate transactions in the medical device and life sciences space.Most recently, Matt served as vice president and deputy general counsel of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (“AdvaMed”), the world’s largest trade association of medical device and diagnostics manufacturers. At AdvaMed, Matt built and led coalitions of company lawyers, compliance officers and executives to revise AdvaMed’s long-standing U.S. Code of Ethics and to launch the AdvaMed Code of Ethics in China. He also spearheaded the industry’s civil justice reform initiatives.
Previously, Matt served as senior counsel at a major multinational medical device manufacturer, overseeing several critical elements of the company’s compliance program, and advising executives on a variety of legal and compliance issues. Matt regularly speaks and writes about emerging topics and trends in ethics and compliance, fraud and abuse, transparency and civil justice reform. He is also a trained executive and career coach.
- Represents medical device and other life sciences and health care companies on regulatory issues related to corporate transactions.
- Supports the medical device industry’s civil justice reform efforts.
- Counsels life sciences companies on all aspects of health care fraud and abuse, ethics and compliance, and transparency.
- Advocates on behalf of life sciences companies before key policy-makers with respect to critical legal and regulatory issues.
- Board Member and Secretary, LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2016 to 2019.
- Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2015.
- Vice Chair, In-House Counsel Committee, American Bar Association Health Law Section, 2012 to 2013.
- Member, American Health Lawyers Association, Diversity & Inclusion Counsel, 2014 to 2017; Quality Council, 2017 to present.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center,cum laude, 2004
- B.A., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, 2001
- District of Columbia
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