Carolyn P. Osolinik
Carolyn Osolinik is a partner with Correia & Osolinik. Her practice focuses on advocacy before Congress and the Federal Executive Branch. Her practice includes a wide range of healthcare issues, including the Anti-kickback requirements of Medicare and Medicaid payment systems, supply chain, and pharmaceutical shortages and pricing. She also represents clients, particularly in the hospitality industry, on issues related to temporary foreign workers and other policy issues. She is an advocate for persons with disabilities and led a bipartisan team representing the United States International Council on Disabilities in its effort to obtain ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Carolyn is a leader in industry associations and working groups related to health care supply chain and foreign guest worker policy
In September 1992, Carolyn joined Mayer Brown LLP as Counsel and was promoted to equity partner in January 1994. Her practice focused on public policy and government relations in the areas of education, health care, art, civil rights, and immigration. She represented major real estate developers and financial institutions in their compliance with disability and other civil rights laws and represented some of the largest museums in the United States in protecting their rights regarding valuable art and antiquities.
During her tenure at Mayer Brown, Carolyn managed major corporate and non-profit coalition efforts in advocating responsible federal regulation of embryonic stem cell research, protection of cultural property and immigration reform. She worked with corporate CEOs, major philanthropists, and Nobel laureates in coordinating the efforts of diverse groups of businesses, consumers, and non-profit organizations, often under challenging circumstances. During this work, she maintained and developed strong relationships with Executive Branch officials, Senators and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, which continue to the present day.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Carolyn was chief counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She began working on the Senator’s staff in 1981. During her tenure, she coordinated and oversaw the work of Senator Kennedy’s Judiciary Committee staff and had primary responsibility for all major Judiciary Committee matters, ranging from constitutional and civil rights issues, women’s rights issues, criminal law, and intellectual property. She assisted the Senator with many controversial judicial and Executive Branch nominations, including a number of Supreme Court and Attorney General nominees. She was the Senator’s principal advisor on all major civil rights legislation considered by the Senate from 1985 to 1990. She also was the principal advisor to Senator Kennedy in his work as a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution. In this capacity, she worked with him to create the James Madison Fellowship Program for graduate students and teachers preparing for careers in civic education.
Before joining the Kennedy Senate staff, Carolyn was a litigating attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. Carolyn has served on the Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Education Fund for 15 years. She serves on the Audit Committee and is currently Board Treasurer. During her tenure on the Board, Carolyn has been an active member of the fundraising team and has served on the Development Committee. In her work on the Board, she has worked closely with many of the leaders of the civil and human rights community to engage in strategic planning about the future of the civil and human rights movement and to promote creative and effective civil and human rights programs across the country.
Carolyn graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1977. Carolyn lives with her husband, Edward Correia, in Bethesda, Maryland. Her son is a successful entrepreneur in Pompano Beach, Florida, and her daughter works in the technology field in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband. She also has an adult stepdaughter in Ballston Spa, New York.