Mr. Wetzel counsels medical device and diagnostics manufacturers, laboratory testing companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and a variety of other health care and life sciences organizations. Mr. Wetzel analyzes complex business arrangements under the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and state equivalents, the Stark Law, the Beneficiary Inducement Law, the False Claims Act, the Sunshine Act and other laws. He helps structure financial and remunerative relationships with customers and other health care providers, including strategic counseling on sales and marketing practices, innovative value-based arrangements, and discounting and pricing practices. He also conducts due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and financing transactions.
Leveraging his extensive in-house experience in both the multinational setting and the start-up environment, Mr. Wetzel works with clients to develop and implement effective compliance programs. This includes drafting policies and internal control documents; training employees and agents on appropriate customer interactions; conducting risk assessments and audits to help identify potential vulnerabilities or gaps; conducting internal investigations in response to allegations of wrongdoing; and offering strategic guidance on the evolution and growth of life sciences companies’ compliance programs.
Mr. Wetzel’s unique experience also gives clients deep benchmarking insight and a comprehensive view of industry best practices in a variety of areas. As Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at AdvaMed, Mr. Wetzel spearheaded the medical technology’s most recent revisions to the longstanding AdvaMed US Code of Ethics. He also oversaw the launch of the AdvaMed Code of Ethics in China.
Mr. Wetzel also represents health care clients before key federal and state policymakers, including Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Wetzel held several executive positions in the life sciences industry.
- Associate General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of GRAIL, Inc.
- Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, AdvaMed
- Senior Counsel, Global Compliance & Ethics, Boston Scientific
Mr. Wetzel began his career as an associate at two global law firms, advising health care and life sciences companies on a variety of health care fraud and abuse, billing and reimbursement, and transparency-related matters.
Mr. Wetzel serves as Chair of the AdvaMed PRIDE Leadership Network, the medical technology industry’s LGBTQ diversity initiative. In addition, he has also held several leadership positions with the American Health Law Association (AHLA), including serving on AHLA’s Diversity & Inclusion Council (2014–2017) and Quality Council (2017–2019). He currently is Chair of the AHLA’s Fraud & Abuse Practice Group, the association’s largest specialty group.
Mr. Wetzel has also previously served as Secretary of the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2016–2019), and he is a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
A trained executive and career coach, Mr. Wetzel serves on the Board of Directors for the World War II Foundation, a nonprofit organization that produces award-winning documentary films about World War II.