Former North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has joined DLA Piper as an advisor in the global law firm’s regulatory and government affairs practice.
Burr, who retired from the Senate this year after almost three decades in Congress, joined as the chairman of the firm’s health policy consulting group, DLA said in a statement. He’s expected to consult on policy to life sciences and health care companies “navigating a rapidly changing policy landscape and significant regulatory and political uncertainty,” the firm said.
His team will focus on strategic planning, business consulting and congressional and federal agency consulting, the firm said. Burr’s group will also help clients identify legislative or regulatory opportunities or vulnerabilities, DLA said.
During his tenure in Congress, Burr was a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He helped lead a number of government health care initiatives focused on everything from regulatory modernization, pandemic prevention and biomedical research, among others.
Burr also served as chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Burr’s expertise in those areas could help the firm advise clients on other policy areas, such as energy, national security and defense, technology, financial services, tax policy and education, DLA said.
Burr is the latest former member of Congress from North Carolina to transition to consulting work. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who served 18 years in Congress before deciding not to run for reelection, joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior advisor in its Washington, D.C., office.
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