Caroline Wolverton focuses her practice on litigation involving federal administrative and regulatory matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and providing counsel on rulemakings and other federal administrative procedures

Practice & Background

Ms. Wolverton previously served as a senior trial counsel in the Federal Programs Branch of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Division where she litigated civil cases of national significance involving regulatory, statutory, constitutional and other challenges on behalf of a diversity of federal agencies, including the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Treasury, Transportation, Education, Defense and State. She also advised the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on administration of economic sanctions programs and provided counsel to OFAC and other federal agencies on rulemakings, as well as litigation risk and strategy.

While at the DOJ, Ms. Wolverton defended the HHS and the Treasury in litigation challenging implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She defended the HHS against challenges to Medicare rulemakings and against other challenges involving Medicare, as well as challenges involving Medicaid. Ms. Wolverton’s work also included defending the Department of Transportation in a regulatory challenge implicating federal preemption, the Department of Education in a high-profile challenge to two significant education reform initiatives under a compressed discovery and pretrial schedule, and the Department of State in discovery in a Freedom of Information Act challenge regarding former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server for State Department business.

Prior to her years of service at the DOJ, Ms. Wolverton was an associate at another Washington, D.C. law firm. She also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Edward W. Nottingham in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.


Public Service

  • senior trial counsel, Federal Programs Branch, United States Department of Justice (2014-2017)
  • trial attorney, Federal Programs Branch, United States Department of Justice (1997-2005, 2008-2014)
  • judicial law clerk, The Honorable Edward W. Nottingham, United States District Court for the District of Colorado (1995-1997).

Awards & Accolades

  • OFAC Director’s Award for Partnership
  • DOJ Meritorious Award and Civil Division Commendation Award.