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Laurence J. Freedman

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Education

  • Yale University (JD)
  • Colgate University (BA, magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Larry’s health care and life sciences litigation practice focuses on defending clients against allegations and investigations of fraud and abuse involving governmental programs.  He is highly experienced in representing clients against actions brought by federal and state agencies including the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG), the United States Attorneys’ Offices, and state OIGs and Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs).

Larry’s practice is based on his 24-years of experience handling complex civil litigation, often in the context of parallel proceedings, and achieving global resolutions.  In addition to enforcement defense, Larry counsels clients through internal investigations, corporate compliance, investor due diligence reviews, and health care bankruptcies involving governmental liabilities.  His clients include hospitals and health systems, dialysis providers, clinical laboratories, medical equipment companies, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and health care executives.

Prior to private practice, Larry served as an Assistant Director with the Civil Fraud Section of the DOJ and focused solely on the False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions.  At DOJ he supervised hundreds of qui tam cases filed in US district courts throughout the country, was part of the leadership team for the pharmaceutical enforcement initiative, and managed high-profile actions often involving multiple US Attorneys’ Offices and federal agencies.

Prior to his position as Assistant Director, Larry served with the Civil Fraud Section as a trial attorney focused on health care fraud and defense procurement. He co-led the notable investigation and prosecution of national independent clinical laboratories known as “Operation LABSCAM.”  For his achievements, Larry was highly-recognized by the Attorney General with the Department’s highest and second highest awards, as well as multiple awards from the HHS OIG and the MFCUs.

Following law school, Larry served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Cardamone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • BNA Health Care Fraud Report, Editorial Board Member
  • Rx Compliance Report, Advisory Board Member
  • Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation, Board Member
  • Member, Program Committee, AdvaMed 2013

Recognitions & Awards

  • Included on the Washington DC Super Lawyers: Health Care list (2014 - 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Health Care Law (2017 - 2018)
  • Recognized by the The Legal 500 United States for Healthcare: Service Providers (2015)
  • US Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (2000)
  • US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (1997)
  • DOJ Special Commendation for Outstanding Service (2003)
  • DOJ Special Achievement Awards (1997, 2000)
  • DOJ Meritorious Award (1996)
  • HHS Inspector General’s Exceptional Achievement Award (1997)
  • HHS Inspector General’s Integrity Award (1995)
  • National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units Award (1997, 2003)
  • Phi Beta Kappa