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Head of US Department of Justice's Criminal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Kirk Ogrosky Joins Arnold & Porter

March 15, 2010

Firm's Healthcare and White Collar Practices Continue to Expand

Washington, DC, March 15, 2010 -- Kirk Ogrosky, a veteran white collar prosecutor at the US Department of Justice, today joined Arnold & Porter LLP as a partner in the white collar criminal defense and FDA/healthcare practices. Mr. Ogrosky's arrival is part of the firm's effort to broaden its white collar team in response to expanding enforcement activity in the US and abroad.

"This is a challenging time for our clients in the healthcare sector," said Arnold & Porter Chair Thomas Milch. "As regulation and enforcement activities continue to intensify, we want to be in the best position possible to assist them in achieving their business goals. We're delighted to have Kirk join the firm."

"Kirk has an extraordinary record as a leader and a trial lawyer," said Daniel Kracov, head of the firm's FDA and healthcare group. "His experience will further expand the firm's capabilities in high-stakes healthcare fraud and abuse and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters."

As the Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section in charge of criminal healthcare matters at the Department of Justice from 2006 to 2010, Mr. Ogrosky handled cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, hospitals, managed care organizations, pharmacies, home health agencies, and skilled nursing facilities. He investigated hundreds of cases and took thirty-six defendants through trial to jury verdict in criminal cases involving alleged kickbacks, false claims, up-coding, cost report fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering.

Mr. Ogrosky led investigations, prosecutions, and the coordination of white collar matters in the Fraud Section involving healthcare fraud, corporate fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. He created and managed the Medicare Fraud Strike Force since 2006. He served on the Operations, Data, and Pharmaceutical enforcement committees of the Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT). In February 2009, Congressional Quarterly wrote, "Ogrosky has turned conventional white collar prosecution on its head" in the world of healthcare fraud.

Mr. Ogrosky has over a decade of highly decorated government service having served as an Assistant US Attorney in Miami from 1999 to 2004, and as an Assistant Attorney General in Kentucky from 1996 to 1998. In 2008, Mr. Ogrosky received the US Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the Department's second highest award for employee performance. He also won the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Special Initiative in 2007, the EOUSA Director's Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA in 2003, the HHS-OIG Integrity Award in multiple years, and the HHS-OIG Exemplary Achievement Award in 2010. Mr. Ogrosky was named to the "Top 40 under 40" by the National Law Journal in 2009. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association.

Mr. Ogrosky graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Psychology, and The George Washington University Law School. While in law school, he served as a notes editor for The George Washington International Journal of Law and Economics. Mr. Ogrosky also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patricia Seitz, US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

"I am honored to join Arnold & Porter with its history of commitment to excellence in legal service," said Mr. Ogrosky. "I look forward to contributing to a litigation team of more than three hundred talented lawyers. I chose to join the firm because I was impressed by its commitment to clients across many sectors in the healthcare industry."

The firm's healthcare practice has enjoyed notable growth over the past two years with the addition of life sciences and healthcare compliance lawyer Keith Korenchuk; a four-person healthcare regulatory team including Alan Reider, Allison Shuren, Paul Rudolf, and Thomas Gustafson; New York healthcare lawyers Jeffrey Ruggiero and Andrew Bogen; and former Associate Chief Counsel in the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of Chief Counsel, Vernessa Pollard.

With the addition of these healthcare team members, more than 40 lawyers from the firm's FDA and healthcare group are now practicing in the US and Europe. Many of them have government agency experience or have previously served as medical doctors, nurses, scientists, and public policy specialists. The group serves clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, as well as hospitals, physician groups, and other healthcare services providers. The team has in-depth experience in advising on complex regulatory and compliance challenges with the ability to handle the regulatory aspects of transactions and commercial litigation.

The firm has recently expanded its white collar practice as well. Earlier this month, former federal prosecutors John Nassikas and Baruch Weiss, and their colleague Laura Lester, joined Arnold & Porter to expand the firm's white collar criminal defense practice. They bring impressive trial and appellate experience in federal criminal and enforcement actions involving financial and healthcare fraud, corruption, national security, pharmaceutical and medical device industries, insider trading, and securities enforcement.

Last year, Arnold & Porter expanded its white collar practice with the addition of Marcus Asner, former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who served as Chief of the Major Crimes and Computer Hacking/Intellectual Property Unit. In addition to Mr. Asner, prominent members of the white collar team include Craig Stewart, former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief Appellate Attorney for the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York (1987-1998), and James W. Cooper, former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia, Assistant US Attorney, and Trial Attorney in DOJ's Public Integrity Section (1994-2007).

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of more than 675 lawyers with offices in Brussels, Denver, New York, Northern Virginia, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.


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