SAN FRANCISCO - DLA Piper has announced that Carolyn McNiven has joined the firm's Litigation practice as a partner in the San Francisco office.
McNiven previously served as deputy chief in the Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Section for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. In that capacity, she established the district's Healthcare Fraud Task Force comprised of numerous federal law enforcement agencies and initiated the district's special focus initiative on health care fraud.
McNiven will focus on anti-kickback investigations and criminal prosecutions, Stark Act investigations and white collar-related litigation, including FCPA, fraud, tax and securities matters. She has extensive experience in criminal health care fraud, financial services fraud, bankruptcy fraud and FCPA matters. McNiven also has extensive experience in provider-side health care fraud enforcement, an area where enforcement activity is on the rise. McNiven will also serve as a point person on food safety issues, an area where new federal legislation is likely to be introduced in the coming months.
McNiven's move to DLA Piper comes less than a month after Mary Langowski joined the firm's Healthcare Public Policy Group in Washington, D.C. Langowski is working with former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to expand the already formidable national health care practice that DLA Piper has created. Earlier this spring, a group of nine attorneys with a diverse base of litigation, transactional and regulatory experience in health care matters joined DLA Piper in Sacramento, Calif.
Before joining the office of the U.S. Attorney in 1997, McNiven clerked for Judge Paul Plunkett in the Northern District of Illinois, and earlier was an associate at Grippo & Elden and at Winston & Strawn, focusing on health care law and food regulation by the FDA. McNiven earned a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Boalt Hall, Berkeley School of Law.
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