Colonel John J. Bartrum, a Capitol Hill veteran with more than 30 years of healthcare policy and regulatory experience, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group, resident in the Washington DC office.
Mr. Bartrum previously served as Senior Professional Staffer to the US House Appropriations Committee, since 2009, and was also a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. In this role, he was responsible for issues relating to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and its 27 institutes; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, among others; and pharmaceutical and life sciences sector more broadly. While with the House of Representatives position, he was instrumental in developing the Ebola supplemental budget, which included designing the infectious disease hospital network, as well as the emergency management and public health response to the Zika virus and Superstorm Sandy. Before joining the House Appropriations Committee, he was an Associate Director of the NIH.
Mr. Bartrum was previously part of the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. At the OMB, he was responsible for the budget of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, including wartime supplemental requests for medical, research and healthcare operations.
In addition to this substantial healthcare experience, Mr. Bartrum has more than 30 years of military experience in both active duty and as a reserve officer. He is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve as a Medical Service Corps, currently assigned to a Brigadier General position as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander Air Force Medical Operations Agency.
Speaking of his appointment, Mr. Bartrum said: “Having spent a number of decades working across the federal government, I am delighted to be joining Squire Patton Boggs to further develop their Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group. Given my professional background and the firm’s highly-regarded credentials in the healthcare and life sciences industry, it’s a great fit and one that I look forward to contributing to.”
“John’s in-depth experience and strategic insight of the federal regulatory landscape will reinforce our offering to the global healthcare and life sciences sector,” said Mark Botti, chair of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group Initiative. “We look forward to welcoming John to our market-leading industry group, along with a number of recent additions, as we continue to bolster this area of focus and expertise of the firm.”
Jack Kingston, a principal in the firm’s Public Policy Practice who was a leading member of the House Appropriations Committee while in Congress, said: “Having worked with John for many years, I can attest to the fact that he is one of the foremost experts on the budget and appropriations in Washington. I am confident that his experience – in Congress, the Executive Branch and the military – will be a great asset to our clients.”
The Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group at Squire Patton Boggs is a cross-practice group, drawing on capability across the firm’s global platform to provide legal and public policy solutions for healthcare and life sciences clients. In addition to Mr. Bartrum’s appointment to the Industry Group, Thomas Anderton, a former general counsel in the pharmaceutical industry with expertise in patent protection, joined the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group in San Francisco last month.
Mr. Bartrum holds a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, a Bachelor of Arts from McKendree College, and Associate Degrees in both Bioenvironmental Engineering and Survival and Rescue Operations.