Broadcast Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


The False Claims Act (FCA) is one of the federal government’s most powerful tools to combat fraud in various industry sectors. By revisiting and regularly updating its approaches, the government continues to affirm its intent to pursue FCA claims. As part of this process, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued statements and guidance regarding its plans of new approaches to FCA cases – a move which is expected to expand its enforcement efforts.

It is imperative for companies to stay up-to-date with these emerging changes and how they can guard their businesses.

In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the recent developments in False Claims Act enforcement. Speakers will also present key defense strategies for companies defending against FCA claims in this rapidly evolving area of law.

Key topics include:

  • Unique Aspects of FCA Claims and Procedures
  • Factors Affecting FCA Exposure
  • Risks and Challenges
  • Pre-Litigation Strategies
  • Representing the Defense in Litigation and at Trial


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of false claims act enforcement


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Paul Chan, Principal
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.

Paul Chan serves as the managing principal of Bird Marella and focuses his practice on the trial and arbitration of complex business disputes, including commercial fraud, class action, securities, and intellectual property litigations. He also represents companies and individuals in regulatory and parallel civil/criminal investigations, and has particular expertise litigating cases involving the False Claims Act, civil RICO statutes, unfair competition, and theft of trade secrets.

Mr. Chan possesses over 25 years of extensive trial experience and has successfully tried numerous jury trials, bench trials, and binding arbitrations before both commercial and securities arbitration tribunals. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major financial institutions, and emerging technology companies. Mr. Chan has been recognized as the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association, and named among the “Most Influential Minority Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Jennifer Short, Partner
KaiserDillon PLLC

Jennifer Short is a partner at KaiserDillon, PLLC, a litigation boutique in Washington, DC.  Ms. Short has broad experience with government and internal investigations, particularly related to procurement and health care fraud matters. She advises corporate and individual clients on responding to government investigations and how best to manage the risks of civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement, whether through disclosure, negotiation, or litigation.

Ms. Short served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2010-2018.  There, she led teams of agents and attorneys to investigate and prosecute civil False Claims Act allegations.  She frequently collaborated with the Civil Frauds division of the Department of Justice and other U.S. Attorney Offices around the country on investigations of large-scale fraud schemes.  During her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Short negotiated False Claims Act recoveries ranging from $1 million in a procurement fraud matter to a $350 million health care fraud settlement.  In 2018, Ms. Short tried a False Claims Act/kickback case to a jury, resulting in a $118 million judgment for the United States.

Before her government service, Ms. Short was a partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and White Collar, Corporate Compliance, Government Contracts, and Healthcare Teams. She litigated numerous complex commercial and civil fraud matters, led internal investigations, responded to government investigations, prepared voluntary disclosures, and negotiated settlements on behalf of corporations and C-level executives.

Ms. Short earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.

Kevin D. Porter, Partner
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP

Kevin D. Porter has focused his legal practice in a variety of health care law areas including administrative hearings before state and federal regulatory bodies, contracts, representing physicians and other ancillary health care professionals in disciplinary proceedings, advising clients on Anti-Kickback and Stark issues, and assisting health care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, with compliance issues, and preparation of effective responses to Joint Commission, and state and federal regulatory citations.  Kevin also assists clients confronted with regulatory and criminal investigations arising from healthcare transactions and activities.

Kevin has been recognized as a preeminent member of the Bar by Martindale Hubble. He has taught Health Care Law in the Graduate School at the New School University, and has lectured on a broad range of healthcare topics at multiple conventions throughout the United States on subjects as diverse as “The Criminalization of Ordinary Negligence” in a patient treatment setting, and has also spoken on structural issues and regulatory compliance affecting large healthcare organizations. He has additionally lectured at the St. John’s School of law on the Affordable Care Act, and the multiple effects and implications of this statute on the healthcare delivery system.

Mr. Porter is a graduate of the Wagner School of Public Administration where he received a Masters of Public Administration, with a specialization in Health Care. Prior to completing his graduate work at New York University, Mr. Porter worked as an Assistant Director in Administration at Bellevue Hospital Center for seven years with administrative responsibility for Obstetrics/Gynecology, Prison Health Services, and multiple surgical sub-specialties including Otolaryngology, Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, and Urology. Kevin graduated from Brooklyn Law School with his juris doctor degree and completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University where he graduated with a B.A. in History.  He is an active member of the American Healthcare Lawyers Association.



Jennifer Short, Partner

KaiserDillon PLLC

  • Unique Aspects of the False Claims Act
  • False Claims Act Investigations and Procedures
  • Key Junctures in Presenting Your Defense


Kevin D. Porter, Partner

Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP

  • Factual scenarios which can lead to False Claim investigations and inquiries;
  • Importance of an effective Compliance Program in identifying high risk areas and mitigating the impact of the investigative process;
  • Need for accurate identification of the issues and available documentation at the commencement of the investigative process;
  • Importance of maintenance of Attorney Client privilege at all stages of inquiry (Beware of unnecessary client e-mails!);
  • Communication with the investigative agency and ensuring narrowing scope of the inquiry;
  • Strategies for early settlement in appropriate cases.


Paul Chan, Principal

Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.

  • Litigation Defense Strategies
    • Challenge the pleadings – Rule 9 and the public disclosure bar
    • Abusive cases are “sometimes” dismissed – the Granston Memo and government discretion
    • Materiality is fair game – Escobar and the focus on government conduct
    • Know your adversary – trying cases against relators vs. the government

Date & Time:

Friday, August 14, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • White Collar Defense Attorneys
  • False Claims Act Lawyers
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Compliance Executives
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Paul ChanPrincipal
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.
Jennifer ShortPartner
KaiserDillon PLLC
Kevin D. PorterPartner
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP



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