Martha M. “Martie” Kendrick is a partner at Capitol Counsel, LLC. Kendrick brings to the firm over 30 years of experience representing and counseling clients before Congress in virtually every major piece of health, Medicare and Medicaid legislation as well as regulatory and funding issues before agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Kendrick’s broad legislative advocacy experience encompasses congressional authorizing and appropriations committees, including the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, in addition to her significant expertise in organizing and representing major national coalitions. Her clients have consisted of large corporations as well as national and state trade associations; state, local and tribal governments; health providers; universities; medical device, and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to her work in the private sector, Kendrick spent 12 years at HHS in a variety of management and policy roles.
Georgetown University Law Center – J.D.
Bowling Green State University – M.A.
Newton College of the Sacred Heart – B.A.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C. – Partner
Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, D.C. – Partner
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. – Director of the Carter Administration’s Office for Families; National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect – Special Assistant to the Director, Social Science Analyst; Office of Health Maintenance Organizations – Special Assistant to the Director, Legislative Analyst concentrating on health issues in the Office of the Secretary
Memberships and Recognitions
Akin Gump Pro Bono Partner of the Year, 2019
Excellence in Advocacy Award, Veteran Lobbyist Honoree, selected Bryce Harlow Foundation Judges for impact on health legislation, awarded at inaugural Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, 2013
Georgetown University Law Center 2004 Alumna Award
Seniors Coalition Award for Leadership, Legislative Advocacy, and Contributions, 2003
Intercultural Cancer Council Distinguished Service Award, 2001
Leadership Washington Volunteer of the Year Award, 1996
Junior League of Washington Spirit of Volunteerism Award, 1996
Contributions to World Literacy – Laubach Literacy Board Recognition, 1996-2002
Bright Beginnings, Inc. – Founder and Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Chair of the Capital Campaign
Food From the Bar Campaign – Executive Committee Member
American Health Lawyers Association – Member
Women in Health Policy – Member and Founding Board and Steering Committee Member
Best Friends Foundation – Board of Directors
Council for Women of Boston College – Founding and Current Member
Proliteracy Worldwide, Inc. (FKA Laubach Literacy International) – Founding Board of Trustees
Together for Freedom – Founding Board of Directors
Soverign Military Order of Malta (Dame of Malta)
Kendrick’s strategic advice, counsel and execution of successful strategies for companies, health systems and associations on a variety of health innovation, coverage and reimbursement challenges have resulted in multiple statutory and regulatory successes for clients. These include a landmark Medicare precedent and preventive benefit for colorectal cancer screening, expanded access to medical rehabilitation services for Medicare beneficiaries and the disabled, coverage for innovative medical technologies and telehealth, rural health access and other successes in representing clients seeking to make a significant difference in the health and well-being of all Americans.