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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2008, Moot Court
    • B.A., University of Virginia, 2005, American Government
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ellen uses her experience to help clients navigate the complexities of government investigations. She represents corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal investigations by the Department of Justice, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and other federal and state agencies, and complex litigation matters. Ellen focuses her practice on defending clients against allegations of fraud including matters involving the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, healthcare fraud, anti-trust violations, and securities fraud. She has represented clients in the healthcare, automotive, government contracting, education, banking, and manufacturing industries.

Ellen also conducts internal investigations on behalf of companies and counsels them on remedial actions and disclosure decisions.

Ellen previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. While there she investigated and prosecuted financial fraud against the federal government in the areas of healthcare, government contracting, education, and the mortgage industry. Ellen also defended the United States against civil claims in numerous contexts.
  • Representation of former CEO in federal criminal investigation involving allegations of healthcare fraud and potential violations of the AKS. 
  • Conducted internal investigations in conjunction with in-house counsel, including investigations of possible fraud.
  • Represented healthcare company in a large scale antitrust investigations by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.
  • Represented several individuals in various SEC and DOJ investigations concerning allegations of misrepresentations made to investors.
  • Defended a public hospital in a qui tam alleging the hospital violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for certain services in various clinical trials, resulting in dismissal with prejudice by the government.
  • Represented senior executives of a public pharmaceutical company in connection with a federal investigation into allegations of off-label marketing.
  • Internal investigation of a hospital offering pre-certification/pre-authorization services to physicians.
  • Involved in qui tam litigation relating to alleged false claims submitted by a hospice company.
  • Represented compounding pharmacy in a parallel civil and criminal matter involving allegations of AKS violations.
  • Represented an automotive safety parts company in a large scale government and foreign antitrust investigation.
  • Represented a senior executive in parallel civil and criminal government investigations of defense contracting issues.
  • Represented a government contractor in grand jury investigation of bribery and corruption.