Valerie H. Bonham
Valerie Bonham is a counsel in the firm’s health care and life sciences practice. She is a skilled health care attorney and nationally recognized expert in research compliance, government and internal investigations, integrity, and bioethics. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Valerie is helping clients across the health care spectrum interpret and respond to public health guidance issued by federal and state authorities, including assisting U.S. hospitals and academic medical centers to develop emergency triage policies, and supporting clients seeking to obtain federal research funding and comply with award requirements.
Valerie has nearly 20 years of experience in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a leader in health care, life sciences, enforcement and public policy. She served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health and as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the HHS. While at HHS and at NIH, she counseled on many of the most pressing legal issues facing universities, academic medical centers, foundations, small businesses and companies conducting research and delivering health care. Valerie led compliance program development and managed investigations, enforcement inquiries and congressional oversight requests. Her expertise includes grants policies, clinical trial reporting, conflicts of interest, the False Claims Act, privacy, data sharing, material transfer, scientific misconduct and public-private partnerships. She also served for several years as the lead counsel for the NIH’s 300-bed hospital, advising on a range of issues from HIPAA privacy, end-of-life care and human subjects protection to credentialing, accreditation, Food and Drug Administration inspections, and Good Clinical Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice compliance.
While at NIH, Valerie was appointed and served for two years as the executive director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. This key position placed her at the center of national and international debate. She worked with senior leaders from academia, industry, and government to formulate practical solutions for complex challenges at the forefront of science, innovation and health care. Valerie’s deep experience and network, both in and outside government, enables her to efficiently and comprehensively address client needs.