Neal C. Karkhanis joined Funk & Bolton in November 2019 as a Government Relations Specialist in the government relations practice group. Before joining the firm, Neal worked as a government relations and public policy professional since 2009, representing, among others, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging before the Maryland General Assembly, US Congress, and relevant executive branch agencies on both the state and federal level. His diverse portfolio has included legislative and regulatory work on rate reform, liability, prescription drugs, post-acute care, social determinants of health and health equity, immigration, budget, and other issues.
Neal is well known in Annapolis and has cultivated several key relationships over the years in committees with jurisdiction over insurance issues as well as with members of leadership on the Senate Judicial Proceedings and House Judiciary Committees. He possesses a strong knowledge of the political process in Annapolis and has expertise in various healthcare issues through his previous work representing providers and consumers.
Neal earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as well as a Masters of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).