The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section recognized Dallas Litigation Partner Ryan Meyer and Chicago Health Care Associate Katy Pollitt as Emerging Young Lawyers in health law. The award is presented to young lawyer Section members who exemplify a broad range of achievement, vision, leadership, and legal and community service in health law. The two were honored on April 5 during the Section's Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference (EMI) in New Orleans.

Ryan works with middle market companies and executives accused of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, kickbacks, and corruption, as well as qui tam suits alleging violations of federal and state civil false claims acts. Committed to being proactive on behalf of his clients, Ryan dives deep into his client's cases, often helping avoid indictments while minimizing financial and reputational disruption. He is especially adept at knowing what criminal conduct looks like and quickly spotting it. He educates others on how sophisticated criminals take advantage of health care providers. In addition to his practice, Ryan is active with the Health Law Science and Litigation and Risk Management Interest Groups and is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and American Health Law Association. He is a five-year board member and chair-elect of Prism Health North Texas, the largest, local nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization in North Texas. A frequent speaker and publisher, he enjoys engaging with other young lawyers across all these organizations and is a frequent participant at his alma mater's Health Law Interest Group "Lunch and Learn" meetings.

Katy provides strategic legal support to various health care industry players conducting complex transactions, including private equity-backed management entities, physician practices and health systems, through robust due diligence review and management, in-depth research, drafting documents, and regulatory and compliance guidance. Katy also advises a range of health care provider clients on matters involving the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and other regulatory and corporate matters such as billing compliance, the corporate practice of medicine and licensing. Her clients rely on her to provide practical solutions that align with strategic objectives while navigating complex risks. In addition to her practice, Katy is known for her exceptional leadership, insight and strategic vision in her role as co-chair of the Health Law Section's Marketing and Technology Committee. Over the past year, under Katy's leadership, the committee undertook a brand equity survey of Health Law Section membership to gain valuable insights into how best to serve existing membership, grow membership and assess the value of the Section's products and services.