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Crowell & Moring's Expanding Health Care Litigation Practice Gains Experienced Litigator
Date:10/8/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner Robert Rhoad to the firm's Health Care and False Claims Act groups. Based in the Washington, D.C. office, Rhoad represents both health care and government contract clients in complex litigation matters involving fraud and abuse, False Claims Act (FCA), antitrust claims, and criminal and civil government enforcement actions. A large portion of Rhoad's practice is devoted to representing health care industry clients, including providers (private, Medicaid and Medicare), insurers/payors, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. In addition, he represents non-health care industry government contractors, including defense contractors and other companies that contract with federal and state governments as well as with international entities.

Rhoad joins Crowell & Moring from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, where he served as chair of the firm's national Health Care Litigation Practice Group. His move is part of Crowell & Moring's significant on-going expansion of its Health Care Group's litigation bench, which last year gained eight attorneys in the Washington, D.C. office from King Pagano & Harrison.

"Health care companies are operating in a more complex environment than ever and, as a result, they are facing frequent and costly litigation exposure. Bob's versatility and experience in handling high-stakes matters is a tremendous asset to our clients," said John T. Brennan Jr., chair of Crowell & Moring's Health Care Group.

Rhoad has successfully represented both health care and government contractor clients in government enforcement actions involving fraud and abuse claims and FCA (whistleblower) claims. In addition, he has successfully represented health care clients as corporate plaintiffs in recovery actions under federal and state antitrust laws as well as state statutory and common laws.

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