By Casey Sullivan
Jan 17 (Reuters) - David Douglass, the chair of the American
Bar Association's Health Law Section and a white collar criminal
defense attorney, has joined the Los Angeles law firm Sheppard
Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in Washington, the firm
announced on Thursday.
Douglass specializes in defending pharmaceutical and
healthcare companies that are facing criminal investigations. He
joins Sheppard Mullin from the Kansas City, Missouri, law firm
Shook Hardy & Bacon, where he co-chaired its government
enforcement and compliance practice group.
Anne Perry, co-chair of Sheppard Mullin's government
contracts practice, said Douglass's expertise was valuable to
the firm because government officials, who are under budgetary
pressures, have become increasingly aggressive in pursuing fraud
claims against healthcare companies.
Douglass's clients have included medical devices company
Boston Scientific Corporation, health insurer Health Care
Services Corporation and defense contractor Custer Battles,
according to Douglass and media reports.
Douglass said he joined Sheppard Mullin because of its
strong government contracts practice and long list of clients in
the healthcare industry.
Last year, Sheppard Mullin represented DaVita Inc, a
provider of kidney dialysis services, in its $4.42 billion
merger with Health Care Partners, a large operator of medical
groups and physician networks.
John Murphy, the chairman of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, said he
wished Douglass well in his new position.
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