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


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Professional Biography:

Paul Weidenfeld is a nationally recognized expert in Healthcare Law and Health Care litigation. A former Federal Health Care Prosecutor and National Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the United States Department of Justice, he has earned numerous awards including the prestigious Attorney General Award for Fraud Prevention and Nightingale Outstanding Healthcare Litigator. Since leaving the Department of Justice in 2007, Paul’s practice has focused on representing providers and individuals in healthcare fraud litigation, internal investigations, and matters false claims act litigation. Paul is 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.

Background:

After graduating from Loyola Law School in 1980, Paul was fortunate to be offered a Law Clerk position with the Hon. Peter H. Beer, Judge, United States District Court. From there he became 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 the Department of Justice 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 argued the matter of Ankenbrandt v. Richards, 504 US 689 (1992).

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Weidenfeld’s primary focus was the civil and criminal prosecution of health care fraud matters first as the Health Care Fraud Coordinator in his district and later as the Department of Justice, National Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Executive Office of United States Attorneys. In that position, he served as the liaison for all Asst. US Attorneys within the Department of Justice that were working on health care fraud matters with all other governmental components including the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since leaving the Department of Justice in 2007, Paul has focused on representing providers and individuals in healthcare fraud litigation, internal investigations, and matters false claims act litigation.

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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