William B. Schultz is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Zuckerman Spaeder. He represents healthcare consumers, payers and providers with complex regulatory issues before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), other federal agencies, and the courts. He also assists generic drug companies, nonprofit organizations and other clients with matters before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the courts.
Between 2011 and 2016, he was General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was legal counsel to two HHS secretaries on all legal matters and managed an office of 500 lawyers across 8 offices, covering 10 regions across the country. HHS administers $1 trillion per year in federal programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. The office of general counsel is responsible for all litigation where HHS is a party, ensuring regulations and policy decisions are consistent with the law, reviewing legal issues involving appropriations, and ensuring ethical rules are followed.
Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Schultz was a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder and represented nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, individuals, generic drug companies and small biotechnology companies. He is a member of the Committee on Science, Law and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, and for 10 years taught at Georgetown University Law Center. He was also Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1999-2000), Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Food and Drug Administration (1994-1999), and Counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment (Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chairman), Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives.
From 1976 to 1989, Mr. Schultz worked as a public interest lawyer at Public Citizen Litigation Group. He began his legal career clerking for Judge William B. Bryant, U.S. District Court, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.