Daniel G. Bird

Partner

Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC

Mr. Bird is a litigation partner with Kellogg Hansen, a law firm in Washington, D.C. He specializes in complex commercial cases for plaintiffs and defendants throughout the country. Most recently, he has represented employers and union trusts in an antitrust case against Sutter Health, a large Northern California hospital system. After five and a half years of litigation, the parties settled on the eve of Mr. Bird’s opening statement. Subject to court approval, Sutter has agreed to pay $575 million and comprehensive injunctive relief designed to limit Sutter’s charges for out-of-network services and to prevent Sutter from leveraging its market power in contract negotiations regarding provider networks.  

Mr. Bird regularly represents corporate clients, high net-worth individuals, and private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a wide range of civil matters. He has particular expertise in antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, contract disputes, fraud, defamation, and professional liability. He has represented clients in high-stakes disputes including elaborate tax frauds, health care antitrust violations, NASCAR sponsorship, and counterfeit wine. He has served as lead trial counsel and lead appellate counsel, has argued before numerous state and federal courts, and has reached successful rulings through summary judgement, jury verdict, and appeal.  

Mr. Bird clerked for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law and served as Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Speaker Questionnaire
What is the biggest thing you learned in 2020?

Bringing change to healthcare markets begins with addressing consolidation.

What do you feel are the two most important benefits or areas that need to be a top priority in 2021?

Consolidation and anticompetitive practices.

Can you share a story on an area of your healthcare program or employee benefits where you were able to create significant savings or stop costs from rising?

I have advised employers and union trusts on comprehensive strategies to challenge anticompetitive practices and lower healthcare costs.

If you could automatically receive a 10-20% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

Medical, pharmacy, and transparency.

What is the most innovative program you will focus on in 2021 and/or 2022?

A comprehensive strategy for lowering employer healthcare costs.

How are you re-imagining corporate culture & well-being?

Mentoring the next generation in an ever-developing landscape.

What virtual care solutions did you roll out during the pandemic? How valuable were they and why?

I've been able to reach virtual audiences across the country, advising on legal questions and strategy.

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

Address provider consolidation and anticompetitive practices to move toward transparent and affordable health care.

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1 Conference. 3 Moonshots.

Costs

Moonshot #1​

Reduce employer healthcare and benefits costs by 25% by 2025.​

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Culture

Moonshot #2​

Reimagine engagement and well-being.

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Care

Moonshot #3

Provide 40% of healthcare services virtually and through technology by 2025.​

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