Joel L. Michaels
Mr. Michaels is a 1975 graduate of the Washington College of Law. As a law student he participated in the Law Review.
He is partner-in-charge of the Health Department in McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP's Washington, DC office. He has extensive experience in health care insurance and health care delivery system organization, financing and regulation. Mr. Michaels has provided legal counsel to health maintenance organizations, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, national health care associations, employer purchasers, and third party administrators.
Mr. Michaels is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) where he has served on its Board of Directors and chaired its HMOs and Health Plans Substantive Interest Law Committee. He is an AHLA "Fellow" and is the recipient of their David J. Greenberg Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the organization. Over the past ten years he has been consistently ranked in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law, and recently received the top lawyer's rating in health care from Chambers USA. Mr. Micheals was selected as a “2014 Best Lawyer of the Year” in Health Care Law in Washington, D.C. Only one lawyer in each legal specialty in a designated metropolitan area is selected for this prestigious honor by The Best Lawyers in America® 2014, published by Woodward White. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Mr. Michaels is a frequent speaker before national trade and professional associations and is widely published in the field of health care law.