Rafferty expands the firm’s Government Investigations Practice, adds depth to the Atlanta office
Former Criminal Division Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Georgia, Brian Rafferty, has joined Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli as shareholder and member of its national Government Investigations Practice. Rafferty joins a growing group of Government Investigations attorneys in Polsinelli’s Atlanta office.
After over a decade serving the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, Rafferty’s focus in private practice involves helping clients with the complex process of navigating an internal and/or government investigation. Representing individuals and entities, Rafferty brings an emphasis in health care and health care fraud matters, capitalizing on his experience prosecuting high-level individuals for health care fraud, white-collar crime, identity and bank fraud, telemedicine fraud and more.
“I’ve been watching Polsinelli from afar, and the types of matters the firm is involved in at the national level – including some of the most sophisticated and important cases in the legal community – motivated me to make the move back into private practice,” said Rafferty. “I’m excited to return to private practice and use everything I’ve learned over a decade as a federal prosecutor to better serve clients and bring added value I’ve gathered through working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
At the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Georgia, Rafferty directed a staff of 25 assistant U.S. attorneys, contractors and support staff, actively managing and supervising all criminal prosecutions in the District. For the last three years, Rafferty served as the 11th Circuit representative on the Criminal Chiefs Working Group, providing counsel and input to the Attorney General’s Advisory Counsel on a variety of issues related to federal criminal prosecutions.
In addition to serving as the Criminal Division Chief, Rafferty also served as the office’s Criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator for several years. In that role, he supervised investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) into a variety of health care offenses, including investigations involving medical practitioners, pharmacies, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Rafferty brings experience managing a number of significant prosecutions in the District, including the prosecution of high-profile fugitive banker Aubrey Lee Price, who defrauded clients of millions of dollars; a $53 million defense procurement fraud prosecution; a $15 million oil and gas development fraud; and a multimillion dollar health care fraud prosecution of multiple Armenian organized crime figures, to name a few.
“Brian brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and trial experience to our Government Investigations Practice through his prosecutorial work and the relationships he has developed,” said Atlanta Office Managing Partner and Government Investigations Practice Group Chair Brian McEvoy. “We are eager to have his perspective and versatile practice added to our team as we continue to expand not only our practice, but also strive to be a national leader in the health care industry.”
Polsinelli’s growing Government Investigations Practice has nearly doubled in size over the past two years, adding six attorneys to its national-reaching team, including Rafferty. He joins a team of fellow former federal prosecutors and government regulators who help companies mitigate risk so they can pursue business opportunities in today’s global marketplace, as well as support clients with internal investigations, white collar defense and professional board investigations.
Rafferty joins Polsinelli’s Atlanta office during a period of growth; the office was listed No. 1 on the “Fastest Growing Law Firms by Attorneys” Book of Lists published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for its leading revenue and head count figures over the last two years. With Rafferty’s addition, Polsinelli has added 15 attorneys in its Atlanta office in two years.
Rafferty is a frequent speaker about trends in health care fraud, white-collar prosecutions and elder abuse. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Government & Law from Lafayette College before obtaining a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 850 attorneys in 22 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.