Janet Rehenquist headshotJanet Rehnquist is the founder of RehnquistLaw PLLC (formerly The Rehnquist Group). She founded the firm to provide expertise in the health care regulatory area with an emphasis on personal service and helping clients translate regulatory advice into sound business strategies. Janet regularly works with other law firms on matters to provide client-focused benefits, particularly in government and internal investigations.

Prior to founding RehnquistLaw, Janet was a partner at Venable LLP, one of The American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms. She was co-chair of the firm’s health care practice, and represented a wide range of clients on a variety of matters including, fraud and abuse counseling, advice concerning CMS reimbursement strategies, writing rule comments on proposed reimbursement regulations for a hospital institution, and successfully defending a major pharmaceutical company in False Claims Act litigation.

Janet’s career in government service includes most recently serving as the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the former Inspector General, Janet managed a staff of approximately 1,600 auditors, investigators, policy analysts and attorneys; testified before Congress on issues related to health care fraud; and supervised all investigations, audits, and litigation involving HHS health care programs. She issued compliance guidance for the pharmaceutical industry, upon which compliance programs in most pharmaceutical companies are based today. The Inspector General at HHS is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

In addition to her position as Inspector General, Janet served for seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia where she prosecuted affirmative civil enforcement cases and litigated False Claims Act cases, especially in the area of health care fraud. She also defended the United States in all aspects of civil litigation.

Earlier in her career, Janet served as Associate Counsel to the President in the first Bush (41) White House. There, she concentrated on separation of powers issues as well as litigation and investigation matters. Janet began her government legal career as counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. After graduating from law school Janet spent four years as a litigation associate at the law firm Baker Hostetler.

Janet’s 14 years in the federal government ­ both as a litigator and a high level health care policymaker–have given her unique insight into the government’s approach to health care and policy issues. She has handled numerous high profile enforcement matters as well as important policy matters both for the government and on behalf of clients.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of law. She is an active member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyer’s Association and the Health Care Compliance Association.