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Executive Vice Presidents and General Counsel of UnitedHealth Group Rejoin Hogan Lovells

09 January 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9 January 2013 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Christopher J. Walsh and Mitchell E. Zamoff have rejoined the firm. Walsh will serve as a member of the firm’s Corporate practice group, and Zamoff as a member of the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice group.

They both rejoin from UnitedHealth Group (UHG), where they served as Executive Vice Presidents and General Counsel. Walsh also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Optum, the company’s health services businesses. Zamoff also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for UnitedHealthcare, the company’s health benefits businesses. As co-leaders of the company’s legal department, Zamoff was responsible primarily for government and internal investigations, litigation, and compliance and regulatory matters; and Walsh was responsible primarily for Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets, and employment.

Walsh and Zamoff led the UHG legal department during the debate over healthcare reform and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Their leadership of the UHG legal function during this unprecedented time in the healthcare industry was the subject of a cover story in Corporate Counsel magazine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris and Mitch back to Hogan Lovells,” said Hogan Lovells Co-CEO Warren Gorrell. “Their diverse leadership experience at UnitedHealth Group will benefit our clients and drive the growth of our Corporate and Litigation practices.”

Walsh was a partner in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells, then known as Hogan & Hartson, from 2000 to 2007, prior to joining UHG. While at Hogan & Hartson, he practiced with the Corporate, Securities and Finance group, concentrating on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions. Walsh represented a broad spectrum of clients in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, and in all aspects of friendly and hostile acquisitions, mergers, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, and joint ventures. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Walsh was in-house counsel for a NASDAQ-listed company and a privately held technology company. 

Walsh was recognized by Legal 500 US for Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions in 2007 and in Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A from 2004 through 2007. He holds a J.D. and B.S. from the University of Wyoming.

Zamoff was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson prior to joining UHG. He was a director of the Litigation practice group and Deputy Chair of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations group.  His practice focused on government and internal investigations and high-stakes class action and other litigation primarily in the health and insurance sectors.  From 1996 to 2000, Zamoff was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, where he received awards for his prosecution of federal crimes on behalf of the United States Department of Justice.

Zamoff was recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the nation by the Guide to the Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers, named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by Washingtonian magazine, and nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.  While at UHG, he was recognized by Corporate Board Member as one of the Top 10 GCs to Watch in America. He holds a J.D. and B.A. from the University of Virginia. He currently is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School.

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