Biography

Mark helps providers of patient care and entities that conduct biomedical research understand, anticipate, and resolve regulatory compliance issues.

In the research arena, Mark provides counsel to universities, academic medical centers, biotech companies, and other research entities. Mark advises his clients regarding compliance with laws and regulations governing diverse aspects of pre-clinical and clinical research, including grants administration, conflicts of interest and transparency considerations, human subjects protection, research integrity, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on drug promotion. Mark assists hospitals and educational institutions with internal investigations into research misconduct allegations and also advises in connection with the development and implementation of organizational policies on individual and institutional conflicts of interest, compliance reporting systems, industry relations, and translational research collaborations.

In the realm of patient care, Mark has for many years counseled hospitals, health systems, and other health care providers concerning reimbursement and compliance issues. Mark has represented major medical centers, community hospitals, specialty hospitals, physicians, long-term care providers, laboratories, dialysis companies, and other health care entities regarding diverse aspects of Medicare and Medicaid billing and reimbursement, Public Health Service grants reimbursement, state and private insurer payment systems, and fraud and abuse laws. He litigated payment appeals at the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Departmental Appeals Board, and other public agencies, as well as in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has also defended routine and special audits by Medicare Administrative Contractors and investigations by the HHS Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Justice.

Prior to joining Verrill, Mark was a special consultant to Harvard University, where he worked with the Office of the President and Provost to draft a University-wide policy on faculty conflicts of interest. He also consulted for Harvard Medical School, where he assisted the Office of Academic and Research Integrity and the University's Office of General Counsel in investigations of alleged research misconduct and conflicts of interest.

Mark lives with his wife, Ellen, an educator at the Concord Museum and the Boston Museum of Science, and with a shifting bestiary of pets. He devotes time to advocacy organizations for individuals with bleeding disorders and serves as the Secretary of the National Hemophilia Foundation. In his spare time, he loses himself in painting, at which he occasionally surprises. As a general matter, he can be guilted into almost any social cause, client need, or personal favor.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Harvard Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
  • Harvard University  (B.A., summa cum laude)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Honors

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Healthcare
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Health Care Law in Boston, Massachusetts

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Firm Highlights

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Blog

Paying Health Insurance Premiums for Furloughed or Laid Off Employees

Employers of all sizes in nearly every industry have had to lay off or furlough employees in an attempt to deal with the massive business disruptions caused by the spread of COVID-19. Facing this...

Blog

COVID-19: Federal Bank Regulators Scramble to Issue Waivers and Guidance

As state, federal, and local governments impose ever-greater limitations on business activities and mobility in order to lessen the spread of the coronavirus, the strain on the US economy has grown exponentially. Over the...

News

Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...

Publication/Podcast

Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The Act contains many provisions affecting broad swaths of the U.S. economy. The purpose of...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Publication/Podcast

Massachusetts Legislation, Regulations, and Programs Regarding COVID-19 Emergency

On March 24 th , the Governor filed legislation to make temporary changes to Massachusetts’ laws and regulations covering a wide range of public and private enterprises to remain in effect during the Covid-19...

News

Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...