Martha Kendrick

Partner /

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 devices, 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.

Positions Held

  • 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 / Recognition

  • 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
  • Sovereign 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.