1. Tell us about your legal practice.
I started my legal career representing clients in internal, civil and regulatory investigations at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. After practicing in Atlanta for a few years, I accepted a position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In this position, I had the opportunity to handle white collar criminal cases as well as some drug and gun cases. After a couple of years at the U.S Attorney's Office, I decide to go back to a law firm to do civil law. I choose Bass, Berry & Sims because of the firm's growing and highly regarded healthcare work.
Today, I primarily represent healthcare providers in civil and regulatory investigations, corporate internal investigations, and litigation related to fraud and abuse matters related to violations of the federal False Claims Act and state false claims acts.
2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?
I first became interested in law after taking an environmental sciences class in high school. I loved studying the different cases, such as the Love Canal lawsuit. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill with the plan to become an environmental lawyer. As an associate at King & Spalding and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, I had the opportunity to try different areas of law, including criminal law. I ultimately decided that I enjoy practicing investigations and fraud and abuse law, which is how I ended up in the area I am in today.
3. How did your previous experience working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, prepare you for your role as an attorney within a law firm?
My time at the U.S. Attorney's Office allowed me to the opportunity to get courtroom and trial experience, which is often times an opportunity that is difficult to obtain as a younger attorney.