A team of Pillsbury attorneys led by San Francisco Corporate partner Patrick Devine advised NTT Data Services in its acquisition of Cognosante Consulting, LLC, the consulting division of Cognosante, a leader in health information technology solutions and services for federal and state health agencies.

Cognosante Consulting provides IT strategy, planning, quality assurance and project management for state health and human services (HHS) agencies undergoing large-scale Medicaid and related human services IT and business transformation programs. The company has nearly three decades of experience working with 48 states and the federal government to develop, manage, and execute large, complex health information-technology implementations.

As a result of the acquisition, NTT Data Services will add more than 250 specialized consulting resources, as well as intellectual property currently supporting IT transformations, including those relating to Medicaid in more than 20 states. As part of NTT Data Services, the consulting practice will be focused on client IT strategy, project management, quality assurance and Independent Verification and Validation services.

Joining Devine on the Pillsbury team were Julie Divola, Jessica Lutrin, Cindy Schlaefer, David Jakopin, John Jensen, Mario Dottori, Michael Sibarium, Deborah Carrillo, Yanet Cordero, Sean Williamson, Jessica Dabiri, Toghrul Shukurlu, Kevin Lin, Evan Storm and Colleen Lamarre.