Rebecca represents a wide range of health care clients in False Claims Act and grand jury investigations and litigations, including an academic medical center, hospitals, a multi-state physician practice, providers of pharmaceutical product support and medical education, private equity and REIT clients, skilled nursing facilities, a pharmaceutical wholesaler and a major diagnostics company.
A recognized thought leader in the field, Rebecca writes and speaks regularly regarding the False Claims Act and government investigations. In addition, she serves as an editor of the Firm’s FCA Update blog.
Prior to joining McDermott, Rebecca was a 15-year veteran of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), serving most recently as Co-Chief of the Civil Frauds Unit and health care fraud coordinator for SDNY. As Co-Chief, Rebecca was responsible for the full range of False Claims Act and FIRREA matters handled by SDNY, which resulted in billions of dollars in recoveries for the government during her tenure as Co-Chief. Rebecca handled a portfolio encompassing multiple industries, including the health care, pharmaceutical, medical and academic research, financial and government contracting industries.
In particular, Rebecca was responsible for the bulk of the SDNY health care fraud docket, supervising and handling ground-breaking False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute cases in the hospital, pharmaceutical, pharmacy, PBM and university settings. Rebecca’s work involved extensive and regular coordination with multiple components of the Department of Justice, FBI, HHS-OIG, NIH, Tricare, among other federal agencies.
Rebecca served as law clerk to the Honorable Theodore J. McKee in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1996 to 1997) and as law clerk to the Honorable John C. Lifland in the District of New Jersey (1994 to 1995).
Represented a hospital in a False Claims Act « short stay » investigation into the medical justification underlying certain inpatient admissions. A highly favorable settlement for client was obtained
Represented a REIT and its portfolio skilled nursing facility in a False Claims Act investigation into the quality of care provided to long-term residents. The government was convinced to close its investigation
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