1. Tell us about your practice.
My practice over the last four years has largely focused on: (1) representing companies and individuals that are the subject of government investigations and (2) conducting internal investigations for corporations concerned about possible misconduct, principally in the life science and healthcare sectors. Earlier this year, I gained significant trial experience representing a former executive who was charged with, among other things, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. After a multi-month trial, a jury acquitted our client on six of seven charges, including participating in a conspiracy and making material false statements. Moreover, I have also successfully aided several government contractors responding to administrative actions such as suspension and debarment for alleged contractual or ethical violations.
2. What is an interesting trend happening right now related to your field of practice?
The government and whistleblowers continue to aggressively pursue enforcement actions to protect the public from healthcare fraud waste and abuse. Along those lines, whistleblowers are retaining increasingly sophisticated counsel who are more willing to proceed even when the government declines to intervene.
3. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?
Prior to law school, I had ambitions of a career in healthcare policy. While in undergrad at The George Washington University, I spent a couple years working in the government affairs department of a pharmaceutical company and grew passionate about major policy battles occurring on the Hill at the time, including healthcare reform. As college came to an end, I believed that in order to be an effective policy advocate, I needed to have a strong grasp of the laws I would seek to influence. Law school and a Masters of Public Health seemed liked the next logical step. However, what I did not account for was that I would become drawn to the practice of law and how such a complex system, with such a wide variety of participants, could so effectively bring resolution to difficult issues. After a few semesters, I decided to put policy in the rearview.