By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
The former general counsel to Coventry Health Care has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ Philadelphia office.
Thomas Zielinski, who served as executive vice president and general counsel at Coventry since 2001, joined Morgan Lewis’ litigation practice as a partner.
At Coventry, Zielinski focused on health care transactions, regulatory matters, provider reimbursement and litigation matters. Coventry was acquired by Aetna Inc. effective May 2013.
Prior to joining Coventry, Zielinski had spent several years at Cozen O’Connor and before that served two years as an assistant district attorney in Berks County.
"Tom's extensive litigation experience, coupled with the health care regulatory expertise he developed during his time at Coventry, will prove invaluable to our clients in and beyond the health care industry," Morgan Lewis Chairman Francis M. Milone said in a statement. "I have worked with Tom on a case previously, and can say from experience that he is an outstanding, ethical and zealous advocate for his clients.”
In his practice, Zielinski will advise health insurers, health care providers and specialty insurers on matters involving fraud and abuse litigation, negotiations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service and other regulatory issues with state and federal agencies.