Harter Secrest & Emery LLP has created a practice group dedicated to defending clients facing government investigations or prosecution and experienced in conducting internal investigations designed to identify and reduce risks in advance of government enforcement.
The group includes a core of former government attorneys and prosecutors who served throughout the federal government, including: Carol E. Heckman, a former federal magistrate judge, assistant U.S. attorney in Buffalo and Justice Department trial attorney in Washington, D.C.; Brian M. Feldman, former senior litigation counsel in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan; Erika N. D. Stanat, a former judge advocate in the U.S. Army JAG Corps; and Jeffrey A. Wadsworth, former counsel to the assistant attorney general in Washington, D.C. Heckman, a partner in the firm’s Buffalo office, leads the group.
Among other things, the group has a wealth of experience in handling matters under the state and federal False Claims Acts, which impose steep penalties for false claims and statements tied to the receipt of government funds, such as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, defense and other government contracting payments, or government grant funds.
The group also includes health care attorneys with decades of experience advising clients in False Claims Act and related matters.
The creation of the Government and Internal Investigations practice group formalizes work that the firm has been doing for many years. Also included Thomas G. Smith, Patrick Pullano, Richard T. Yarmel, David A. Wier, Donald S. Mazzullo, Thomas J. Hurley, Mark R. Wilson, Leslie E. Desmarteau, Joseph E. Simpson and David Lascell.