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Name: Paul Weidenfeld
Firm Name: Law Offices of Paul Weidenfeld
Country: United States
Expertise: Litigation


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Professional Biography:

Paul Weidenfeld is a former Federal Prosecutor and National Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the United States Department of Justice. His litigation resume includes over 50 trials, 25 appellate arguments, and appearances before virtually every court in the US – including the United States Supreme Court where he argued the case of Ankenbrandt v. Richards, 504 US 689 (1992). He has earned numerous awards throughout his legal career including the prestigious Attorney General Award for Fraud Prevention and Nightingale Outstanding Healthcare Litigator and is a frequent speaker and lecturer.

Background:

After completing Law School in 1980 and accepted the position of Law Clerk to the United States District Court Judge, Hon. Peter H. Beer upon graduation. After his clerkship, Mr. Weidenfeld began a legal career that focused involved in litigation and trial work in a wide range of practice areas including: criminal defense, personal injury work (both plaintiff and defense), and the representation of government agencies in administrative matters. By the time he became an Assistant United States Attorney in 1994, his litigation resume included 50 trials, 25 appellate arguments, and appearances before virtually every court in the US – including the United States Supreme Court where he made the oral argument the matter of Ankenbrandt v. Richards, 504 US 689 (1992).

As an Assistant United States Attorney, a large number of Mr. Weidenfeld’s litigation cases involved the prosecution of civil and criminal health care fraud but he was also involved in a substantial number of fraud litigation matters involving non-healthcare agencies. These included matters involving the Department of Defense, the Naval and the Defense Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS and DCIS), NASA and the Postal Service (to just a few).

Since leaving the Department of Justice in 2007, Paul’s practice has focused on representing providers and individuals. He is also a frequent speaker and panel participant on health care issues, and he also has extensive training in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation.

Education:

JD, Loyola University of New Orleans, 1980
BA, Tulane University, 1974

Bar Admissions:

United States Supreme Court, 1991
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985
United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1980
United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1993
Louisiana, all courts, 1980

Professional Associations:

Louisiana State Bar Association, Health Law Section, ADR Section
American Health Law Association, American Society for Health Risk Management

Honors:

• Nightingale Outstanding Healthcare Litigator
• Department of Justice Attorney General Award for Fraud Prevention
• Office of Inspector General Cooperative Achievement Award
• National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association, Investigation of the Year
• Office of Inspector General Integrity Award
• Department of Labor Exceptional Contributions Award
• Defense Criminal Investigative Service Recognition of Service
• Defense Contract Audit Agency Recognition of Exceptional Contribution
• FBI Recognition of Outstanding Prosecution
• NASA Office of Inspector General, Outstanding Prosecution
• Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Outstanding Prosecution

Recent Publications:

• Nursing Home Litigation – Failure of Care: United States v. Melville Borne, White Collar Case Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Developing Winning Strategies, Aspatore Books
• Five Things You Should Know about the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009
• Allison Engine: A “less friendly” environment for qui tam plaintiffs – but how much so?
• “Anatomy of a Nursing Home Case”

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