Cate Brandon's practice focuses on the intersection of healthcare law and policy. Ms. Brandon counsels life sciences companies, healthcare providers, and related trade and specialty societies on healthcare regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters, as well as public policy issues. Ms. Brandon's work includes advising pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers on matters related to healthcare fraud and abuse compliance, including anti-kickback laws and the "Stark" physician self-referral law; Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and related policies; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and other regulatory and legislative initiatives affecting the life sciences and healthcare industries. Ms. Brandon has particular experience advising clients on patient support initiatives, contractual arrangements, value-based arrangements and reimbursement, and industry collaborations.

As part of her practice, Ms. Brandon regularly represents clients in Congressional, criminal and civil investigations brought by the federal government, as well as conducts internal investigations.

From 2015-2016, Ms. Brandon served as Senior Counsel on Oversight at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for developing strategic responses to Congressional oversight and investigations for the Office of the Secretary on issues related to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, as well as other HHS programs.

Ms. Brandon graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served as an Associate Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Brandon worked for various public policy organizations providing communications and public affairs counsel.


Best Lawyers
"Ones to Watch"–Health Care Law (2021)
Penn Law Alumni Society
Young Alumni Award (2018)


  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2009,

    cum laude

  • AB, Brown University, 2004,

    magna cum laude

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Government & Military Service
  • Senior Counsel on Oversight, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, HHS


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