Goodwin is mourning the death of our partner Mark A. Heller, an accomplished FDA lawyer who practiced in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office for more than 10 years.
Mark, 70, died Thursday, August 10, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Bethesda, Maryland, and their sons Seth and David.
Mark joined Goodwin in 2007. As a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice and leader of its FDA practice, his work at Goodwin, and previously at Hale & Dorr (WilmerHale) and Patton, Boggs & Blow (Squire Patton Boggs), focused on the complex regulation of food, drugs and medical devices. His tenure at the FDA, where he served as Associate Chief Counsel for Medical Devices, included working with the office of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), then Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, to help develop the Safe Medical Devices Act of 1990.
Mark graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and returned to his alma mater to earn his law degree. He spent more than 15 years in public service before beginning private practice.
Widely hailed as one the nation’s leading FDA lawyers, Mark was as humble as he was confident. Blessed with a keen intellect, encyclopedic knowledge and impeccable judgment, he guided his clients through the thorniest regulatory issues with a compelling command of the law and the complexities at hand.
Exceptionally loyal to his clients, colleagues and friends, Mark had a big heart and supported those he worked with unconditionally. A devoted husband, father and colleague, Mark was passionate in all his pursuits, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
We will miss him.