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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 Persons uses her experience to help clients navigate through the complexities of government investigations. Ellen is tenacious and meets challenges head on. She develops innovative, pragmatic, and cost-efficient solutions to her clients' litigation issues. 

Ellen focuses her practice on defending clients against allegations of fraud. She has experience defending companies and executives against qui tam litigation and associated government investigations. She also has experience with internal corporate investigations and corporate legal compliance.

Ellen has represented clients in the healthcare, automotive, government contracting, education, and banking industries.
  • 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.
  • Counsel to numerous physician practice groups in defense of False Claims Act investigations, government enforcement actions, and internal investigations.
  • Represented an automotive safety parts company in a large scale government and foreign antitrust investigation.
  • Involved in large scale FIRREA investigation relating to mortgage fraud.
  • 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.