McDermott+Consulting Expands Policy and Advocacy Team

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- McDermott+Consulting (McDermottPlus) is pleased to announce the arrival of

Rodney Whitlock and his policy team, Katie Weider and Emma Zimmerman.

"Rodney and his team bring extensive and complementary policy and advocacy experience

to McDermottPlus. Clients will benefit from their deep policy foundation, strategic acumen and bipartisan, bicameral relationships," said Eric Zimmerman, a co-founder and principal of McDermottPlus.

Whitlock most recently served as the vice president of health policy at a law and government relations firm.  Prior to that role, he spent over two decades working in Congress, serving former US Representative Charlie Norwood (R-GA) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Whitlock first served as the health policy director for Representative Norwood, where he managed the Patients' Bill of Rights.  He then went on to serve on the Finance Committee staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley, and later joined Senator Grassley's personal office as the health policy director.  During his time working in the Senate, Whitlock served as the lead Republican staffer for Medicaid legislation from 2005 to 2010 and continued to serve Senator Grassley working on all health related issues through 2015.

Weider most recently served as a health policy director at the same law and government relations firm. Prior to that role, she was a senior analyst at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) where she developed policy recommendations and conducted legislative analyses related to Medicare and Medicaid issues in support of Congress and the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Weider also has Capitol Hill experience, having worked in Senator Grassley's office as a health policy fellow where she conducted research and analyses on health policy options.

Founded five years ago, McDermottPlus has expanded by adding notable former political and career executive branch officials, congressional staff and consultants.  The McDermottPlus team is now comprised of 13 consultants with broad and diverse health-specific policy, lobbying and analytics experience. McDermottPlus provides health industry clients with integrated policy, data analytics, and lobbying services.

About McDermott+Consulting McDermott+Consulting (McDermottPlus), an affiliate of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, serves health industry clients with unmatched health analytics, political strategies and lobbying capabilities. When clients are faced with policy and situational obstacles that challenge health business and opportunities, McDermottPlus provides solutions.

For more information about McDermott+Consulting, please go to

About McDermott Will & EmeryMcDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With 20 locations on three continents, our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve. 

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