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Ann’s practice includes all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including health care, constitutional, and employment discrimination cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Prior to joining the firm, Ann was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where she was responsible for a major MDL relating to multi-million dollar Medicare and Medicaid health care fraud by a drug company. In addition, Ann represented the United States in complex employment discrimination cases, successfully defended the constitutionality of a federal law enforcement statute, and defended Department of Justice employees against constitutional challenges brought by a notorious drug kingpin.
Ann also continues to devote a significant amount of time to pro bono matters, and was a member of the litigation team that received the Florida Supreme Court’s Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service award for its representation of 34,000 Cuban detainees held at the Guantanamo Naval Base in 1994. Ann has also represented and served as a guardian ad litem for, on a pro bono basis, numerous severely abused and neglected children.
- Lead co-counsel in nationwide health care multi-district litigation against Abbott Laboratories for average wholesale drug pricing fraud that resulted in $126.5 million settlement.
- Chief counsel responsible for action against major South Florida hospital in false cost-reporting scheme, resulting in multi-million dollar penalties and restitution settlement.
- Chief counsel in 24 coordinated health care fraud cases under Operation Equity Excise, successfully obtaining judgment of hundreds of millions of dollars resulting from defendants’ fraudulently-submitted claims to Medicare for durable medical equipment and unperformed medical procedures.
- Successfully represented numerous federal employees against convicted drug kingpin, Salvador Magluta, who alleged that her clients and the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons violated his constitutional rights.
- Chief trial counsel defending the United States Department of Homeland Security in Title VII and Rehabilitation Act discrimination matter.
- Chief counsel in case of first impression challenging the constitutionality of the Debbie Smith Act, which enables federal law enforcement to collect DNA from convicted felons for inclusion in the federal CODIS databank, in which the court confirmed the constitutionality of the statute.
- Successfully represented Great Northern Paper Company at trial court level and on appeal, ultimately arguing the appeal to the Maine Supreme Court, preserving Great Northern’s unencumbered title to over a million acres of valuable timberland.
- United States v. Ameritrade Terminals, Inc., 177 Fed.Appx. 855 (11th Cir. 2006)
- In re: Pharmaceutical Industry Average Wholesale Price Litigation, United States of America ex rel. Ven-A-Care of the Florida Keys, Inc. v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., 491 F. Supp.2d 12 (D. Mass. 2007)
- Magluta v. Wetzel, 2006 WL 3837455 (S.D. Fla. 2006)
- Haines v. Great Northern Paper, 808 A.2d 1246 (Me. 2002)
- Abusing the Privilege: The Crime-Fraud Exception to Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, 48 U. Miami L. Rev. 259 (Nov. 1993) SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Presenter, ABA Health Care Fraud Conference, 2008 GOVERNMENT SERVICE
- Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida, 2003- 2010
- Antitrust Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Employment Practices and Litigation
- University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1994)
- Bowdoin College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1989)
- 1994, Florida
- 1998, Maine
- 1995, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- 1998, U.S. District Court, District of Maine
- Civil Justice Advisory Committee, Southern District of Florida, 1995-96
- Legal Writing Instructor, University of Miami School of Law, 1994-1997
KIRSTEN V. MAYER is Counsel at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. Ms. Mayer represents corporations and individuals in the health care industry in criminal, civil and administrative matters involving federal and state law enforcement. She represents clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in off-label, anti-kickback and pricing fraud matters. She also represents providers in anti-kickback, Stark, coding, and clinical research billing matters. Ms. Mayer’s practice includes civil False Claims Act, consumer protection and private class action litigation as well as advising clients with respect to fraud and abuse and compliance in the context of internal investigations and strategic transactions in the health care industry. Ms. Mayer is a frequent speaker on health care compliance and fraud and abuse enforcement, and has been a faculty member for National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs since 2005.
Lisa Noller is a litigation partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Health Care, Medical Devices, and Life Sciences Industry Teams, as well as the Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices. She is an experienced trial lawyer, having spent more than 15 years investigating and trying complex criminal and civil cases, including the only Anti-kickback Statute (AKS) jury trials in the Northern District of Illinois. She was a member of the U.S. Attorney’s team dedicated to the prosecution of health care fraud in Northern Illinois, which worked with the FBI and HHS-OIG to prosecute fraud and abuse and to counsel entities seeking to be compliant with complex regulations. In connection with AKS trials, Ms. Noller submitted and defended pattern jury instructions now used in other AKS cases. Ms. Noller also routinely exercised her discretion in deciding whether to charge or sue individuals or entities suspected of health care fraud, including medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals, and worked with other attorneys to make reasonable prosecution decisions. Her practice at Foley focuses on managing risk, responding to government investigations, conducting corporate internal investigations, and litigating a wide variety of civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. Ms. Noller represents companies and individuals in parallel civil and criminal proceedings initiated by government agencies for alleged wrongdoing, including False Claims Act matters and HHS-OIG investigations, and she proactively counsels clients in health care enforcement and other litigation matters such as Stark compliance reviews.