Wendy Arends is special counsel in the firm’s Madison office where she advises businesses, organizations and trade associations regarding their interactions with local, state and federal government. Her practice focuses on matters involving antitrust and consumer protection, health care, and international trade compliance. Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Wendy practiced for more than four years at a large national law firm in Washington, D.C. where she worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters.
As a member of the Antitrust Practice Group, Wendy regularly helps clients with antitrust enforcement matters before the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the various state attorneys general. She assisted with the federal health care antitrust litigation on behalf of the State of Idaho in the FTC and the State of Idaho v. St. Luke’s Health System, et al., a seminal case involving the interplay between the Affordable Care Act and the antitrust laws. Wendy also counsels clients on a variety of antitrust-related issues, including mergers and acquisitions between competitors, Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act compliance, territorial and price restrictions, product distribution, resale price maintenance, minimum advertised price agreements, exclusionary practices, and trade association activities.
Wendy is also a member of the Health Care Practice Group at Godfrey & Kahn. In this capacity, she counsels clients regarding health care regulatory and compliance issues, including those raised by Medicare compliance, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Physician Self-Referral (Stark Law), and the Anti-Kickback Statute.
As a member of the International Trade Compliance Practice Group, Wendy advises clients regarding trade compliance and regulatory issues, including export licenses, voluntary disclosures, product classification, country of origin, deemed exports, valuation, anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Wendy also counsels businesses regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and antiboycott laws and helps companies craft and strengthen distribution agreements and international trade compliance programs.
Prior to attending law school, Wendy served in the Clinton administration as a senior advisor in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and as a scheduler in the Office of the First Lady. Wendy graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the International Law Review. She earned her B.A. in Economics and Political Science, with honors, from the University of Michigan.