Biography

STEPHANIE W. KANWIT is Of Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office. She has been in private law practice and government service in Chicago and Washington, DC, for nearly 40 years.

Ms. Kanwit’s experience includes:

  • Advising on health care regulatory matters, public policy, and strategic planning, including antitrust and competitive issues, government programs such as Medicare, and employee benefit plan (ERISA) issues
  • Defending lawsuits for managed care companies under both federal and state law
  • Counseling and writing amicus briefs for major health trade associations
  • Managing litigation involving antitrust, Medicare, ERISA, health care fraud and abuse, adverse medical outcomes, and life and long-term disability insurance issues

Before rejoining Epstein Becker Green in 2019 (she was a health care attorney and litigator at the firm until 2001), Ms. Kanwit served as Counsel of Health Care Transaction & Policy at a national law firm; as General Counsel for a Washington, DC-based insurance trade association that represents nearly 1,300 member companies providing health, long-term care, dental, disability, and supplemental coverage to more than 200 million Americans; and as Special Counsel for a trade association that represents pharmacy benefit managers and their health care partners in pharmaceutical care. For five years, Ms. Kanwit was Vice President of Health Litigation for a major health insurance company. Earlier in her career, she was in private practice with two Chicago law firms, where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, including antitrust and unfair trade practices. Additionally, she served for four years as regional director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a seven-state region.

Ms. Kanwit is regularly called upon by the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), and other policymaking groups to share her knowledge and insight in health law and policy developments. She has provided testimony on health care issues at the invitation of various government entities, including the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the FTC, and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, Ms. Kanwit previously taught Healthcare Competition as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law (LL.B.)
  • Bryn Mawr College (B.A., magna cum laude)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Connecticut
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States