• Michael S. Kolber

    Healthcare Industry
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    Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009.

    Supervising Editor, Harvard Law Review.

    Best Paper in Administrative Law, 2009.

    First Place Short Paper, H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition, Food and Drug Law Institute, 2008.


    Yale University, B.A. with distinction in History, 2002.

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    Michael Kolber is an associate within the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, who focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional matters in the healthcare industry. Mr. Kolber counsels health systems, managed care plans, pharmaceutical manufacturers, technology firms, and other stakeholders on complex regulatory and compliance issues affecting their business. His practice focuses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, especially the establishment of health insurance exchanges and the transformation of the commercial health insurance market. He also advises clients on Medicare and Medicaid managed care and employee benefits issues.

    Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Kolber was an attorney in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  He served as the lead legal advisor to federal policymakers on central elements of health reform and provided counsel on the formation of health benefit exchanges and risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridor programs.  He also advised HHS on defining the essential health benefits package, operating the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program, and awarding loans to Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans (CO-OPs).  Mr. Kolber previously served as a law clerk for Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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    Honors & Awards

    Excellence in Legal Services Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel, 2012.


    Author, "Opacity and Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Medicare Coverage Decisions: Health Policy Encounters Administrative Law," Food & Drug Law Journal, 2009.

    Author, "The Mysteries of the Congressional Review Act," Harvard Law Review, 2009.

    Author, "Rulemaking Without Rules: An Empirical Study of Direct Final Rulemaking," Albany Law Review, 2009.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in New York.

    Speaking Engagements

    Guest Lecturer, "Adverse Selection and Risk Adjustment," George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., 2011.

    Panelist, “The Dash to 2014: The Scramble to Implement Health Reform in Individual and Group Health Coverage,” American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, June 30-July 3, 2013.