DLA Piper has hired Joanne Chiedi, former acting inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, as its new chief administrative officer.
Chiedi stepped down from her role after being with HHS for roughly a decade. She will provide strategic support to DLA Piper’s senior leadership, reporting to the firm’s chief operating officer Bob Bratt.
Chiedi was brought to the firm by Bratt, who she previously worked with at the Department of Justice’s civil rights division.
“I consider myself a mentee of Bob’s and I know that he was doing a lot of new and exciting thinking with DLA Piper,” Chiedi said. “It just seemed like a great opportunity for me, having served in the public sector for over 25 years to use what I’ve learned over time and apply those skills in the private sector.”
Chiedi has spent the last three decades in public service. She previously served as deputy administrator for the DOJ’s Office of Redress Administration and deputy executive officer at the department’s civil rights division. She also spent five years as deputy director for management at the HHS Office for Civil Rights. In 2010 she became deputy inspector general for management and policy before being appointed to principal deputy inspector general at HHS in 2013.
At HHS, Chiedi led an organization of more than 1,650 auditors, attorneys, analysts, and management professionals who oversaw the nation’s over $1 trillion yearly investment in federal health and human services programs.
She oversaw more than 300 programs administered by HHS agencies including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration.
Working with her former mentor Bratt, Chiedi’s purview at DLA Piper will include streamlining operations, assisting attorneys and staff, integrating innovation, and promoting diversity and inclusion efforts.
Bratt said it will be critical for Chiedi to help drive efficiencies at DLA Piper that reduce the nonbillable burden on its attorneys and help with cost management.
DLA Piper has roughly 4,300 lawyers in more than 90 offices in over 40 countries worldwide.
Bratt joined the global legal giant in 2010. Since then he’s brought on new team members from companies like Accenture and Microsoft.
“Joanne will bring another set of eyes on how well we can innovate in a law firm,” Bratt said.
The firm has focused on technological and process innovation, including developing AI and blockchain tools for legal practice and supporting startups.
Chiedi will also work alongside the senior leadership team at DLA Piper to make sure that the firm is adopting solutions to confront the challenges of a changing legal market.