Nick Littlefield

Partner and Co-Chair of the Government Strategies Group, Foley, Hoag LLP

Nick Littlefield is a partner and co-chair of the Government Strategies Group in the Boston law firm, Foley, Hoag LLP. He provides clients legal, legislative and strategic advice in the areas of health care, education, biosciences and technology, and other industries. A special focus for Mr. Littlefield involves regulatory, coverage, and reimbursement matters before the Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as federal legislative issues.

Before joining Foley, Hoag LLP in January, 1998, Mr. Littlefield served for nine years as Staff Director and Chief Legal Counsel for the United States Senate Committree on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, a Committee chaired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy until 1995, at which time Senator Kennedy became Ranking Member. A few of the legislative highlights addressed under Senator Kennedy's leadership in the Committee during Mr. Littlefield's tenure include:

  • Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996)
  • Hatch-Kennedy Children's Health Insurance Act ("CHIP") (1997)
  • National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act (1993)
  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Reauthorization Act (1992)
  • Food & Drug Administration Modernization Act (1997)
  • Prescription Drug User Fee Act (1992)
  • Comprehensive Medical Device Improvement Act (1990)
  • Food Nutritional Labeling and Education Act (1990)
  • Ryan WHite AIDS Care Act (1990)
  • Higher Education and Student Loan Reform Acts (1992 & 1993)
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act (1994)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Amendments (increasing the minimum wage) (1989 & 1996)
  • Child Care Block Grant (1990)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (1993)
  • Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Mr. Littlefield was a partner at Foley, Hoag LLP from 1982 to 1989, representing clients in civil and criminal litigation, including those for whom he conducted investigations in the areas of fraud, embezzlement, theft of trade secrets, medical research, government procurement and university administrative matters. From 1980 to 1989, he also taught at Harvard Law School as Edward R. Johnston Lecturer on Law. Mr. Littlefield served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1972 to 1976. He graduated from Harvard College (1964) and the University of Pennsylvania (1968).