November 7, 2017
Former Assistant US Attorney Joins Polsinelli’s Atlanta Office

Former assistant U.S. attorney Ellen Persons joined Polsinelli’s Government Investigations and Compliance practice. 

The firm's national team includes former federal prosecutors and government regulators who help companies mitigate risk so they can pursue business opportunities without fear of government interference.

She will work closely with former federal prosecutor Brian McEvoy, who last month was elevated to Managing Partner of Polsinelli’s Atlanta office, and Chair of the firm's Government Investigations and Compliance practice. 

"I have worked with Ellen and know her to be a tenacious and thorough investigator and litigator," McEvoy said. "She has been on both sides of the table for government investigation cases and will provide valuable insight in defending companies against the risks of False Claims Act enforcement and internal investigations matters."

As an assistant U.S. attorney, Persons executed extensive government investigative work, including civil litigation pursuant to the False Claims Act, Anti-kickback Statute and FIRREA. Prior to the U.S. Attorney's Office, she served as a senior associate where she gained practical litigation and trial experience defending companies and executives against qui tam litigation and associated government investigations. Persons has represented clients in the healthcare, automotive, government contracting, education, and banking industries.

"Our clients seek to avoid litigation and adverse regulatory actions," McEvoy said. "Preventative counseling assists clients with effective compliance programs and investigations. Unfortunately, not all litigation can be avoided. From government enforcement actions to an array of commercial litigation, involving individual complaints and consumer class and product liability actions, we are ready to try cases, counsel management and negotiate with adversaries to minimize the risk to our clients."

"This position will enable me to use the knowledge I gained working in the U.S. Attorney's office to support the firm's demand for investigative work," Persons said. "Returning to a private law firm is a natural next step in my career. I look forward to using my experience on both sides of the table to provide clients with thorough and sound legal representation with the support of the accomplished team at Polsinelli.”

A graduate of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Persons was attracted to the legal profession by watching her father, litigator Bob Persons. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. Persons is a former board member and fundraising chair of the non-profit organization Our House, which provides education to children and other support services for children and families experiencing homelessness. 

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