Ellyn L. Sternfield

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  • Washington University (JD)
  • George Washington University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri
  • Oregon
  • Utah

Ellyn has more than 30 years of legal experience, with an extensive background in the field of government health care enforcement.

Ellyn’s experience enables her to provide valuable insight to clients facing potential state or federal investigations, or who have general compliance concerns. Ellyn currently represents a variety of health care product and service providers in federal and state administrative, civil, and criminal matters around the country. She conducts internal reviews and investigations for clients concerned about potential compliance issues, including compliance investigations having to do with data security and privacy safeguards. Ellyn advises clients of proposed or existing health care acquisitions or business arrangements, especially those involving Medicaid, Medicare, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Ellyn serves as a mediator in health care disputes, including state and federal false claims cases.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Ellyn spent more than 15 years as the director of the Oregon Department of Justice's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, supervising investigations and prosecutions of criminal and civil health care billing fraud and patient neglect cases in both state and federal court. Ellyn handled a wide variety of complex health care cases, and developed specialized experience in qui tam false claims actions. Ellyn was the lead state attorney in multiple “global” health care matters, heading up major false claims investigations and settlements involving national and international health care providers. Ellyn co-chaired the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU) Global Case Committee for more than 10 years, and was instrumental in developing the processes in use today for coordinating federal and state false claims investigations. She also developed and presented training programs for government attorneys, auditors, and investigators who investigate and pursue false claims health care cases.  

Ellyn previously served as the chief of the Consumer Rights Division of the Office of the Utah Attorney General, overseeing administrative, civil, and criminal consumer-based investigations and litigation. Ellyn began her legal career as a defense attorney with the Clayton, Missouri firm of Wolff and Frankel, and remains an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  

Ellyn frequently speaks and writes on health care fraud and abuse matters, and is a contributor to the Mintz Levin Health Law & Policy Matters blog.

Representative Matters

  • Represented national health care product manufacturers in state and federal false claims investigation; cases were closed with no formal government action
  • Represented national health care manufacturers and providers in multiple state and federal false claims litigation, resulting in favorable resolutions for the clients 
  • Participated in diligence review of potential health care acquisitions to evaluate risk areas; in one case, identified risks directly resulted in substantial reduction of sales prices
  • Conducted internal investigation of compliance concerns for national health care service providers and represented companies in successful resolution of voluntary disclosures 
  • Evaluated potential risks of proposed business arrangements for national health care providers
  • Advised national health care companies on state and federal regulatory matters, including potential affirmative litigation options 
  • Advised entities on compliance in the 340B Drug Pricing Program

Recognitions & Awards

  • HHS OIG Integrity Award (2005)
  • President's Council on Integrity and Excellence Award for Excellence (2005)
  • Multiple Oregon Department of Justice Outstanding Service Awards
  • NAMFCU President's Leadership Award
  • NAMFCU Case Leadership Award

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Co-chair, National Forum on Pharmaceutical Pricing Litigation, American Conference Institute (October 2012)
  • Past member, St. Louis County Metropolitan Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse
  • Member, NAMFCU Global Case Committee (1998 – 2009)
  • Co-chair, NAMFCU Global Case Committee (1999 – 2008)
  • Past president, National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units
  • Member, Washington University (St. Louis) Washington, DC Regional Cabinet
  • Past board member, Jewish Family and Children Services of Oregon
  • Past board member, Mittleman Jewish Community Center
  • Past chair, Mittleman Jewish Community Center Kids Corner Committee
  • Past member, Board of Advisors for St. Louis Warson House Home for Girls