Patrick Morrisey

West Virginia

Patrick Morrisey is the Attorney General in West Virginia. A nationally prominent health care lawyer, Morrisey served as partner and co-chair of King & Spalding’s Food and Drug (FDA) and Life Science Group. In practice since 1992, Morrisey has worked on many high profile health care issues and possesses a broad array of experience on regulatory issues, Medicare, Medicaid, policy, fraud and abuse investigations, legislative and strategic counseling, and legal and policy challenges to federal statutes and regulations. Morrisey assisted the states’ successful challenge to the health care law in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and counseled members of Congress on strategies to repeal the law. From 2004 to 2010, Morrisey was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP.

During his 20 year legal career—in addition to his work on health care—Morrisey has handled administrative law, election law, public policy, and several criminal defense cases. From 1999 to 2004, Morrisey served as the Deputy Staff Director and Chief Health Care Counsel to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. In that capacity, Morrisey helped draft and negotiate major legislation, including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Act of 2002. Morrisey was the principal liaison for the Committee on healthcare issues to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

As Attorney General, Morrisey is taking proactive approach in defending West Virginia against the overreaches of the federal government, enhancing the state’s business climate, advancing ethics reforms, and maintaining a strong, reason-based Consumer Protection Division.