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John H. Lawrence

John Lawrence primarily counsels health care clients nationwide in responding to civil and criminal governmental investigations and defending False Claims Act lawsuits. He frequently represents hospitals, hospital systems, academic medical centers, health care corporations, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, durable medical equipment companies, and individuals in health care fraud investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and other federal and state agencies. His background also includes significant experience handling complex civil litigation inside and outside of health care. In addition to his litigation practice, John advises clients on health care regulatory matters, including those involving the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Prior to joining the firm, John was an associate at law firms in Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee where he concentrated his practice on health care fraud and abuse, compliance and government investigations, and commercial litigation.

  • Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Star – Health Care (2020-2022)
  • Super Lawyers, Mid-South Rising Star- Business Litigation (2015-2018)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Council Member, North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section (2018-2020)
  • Speaker, Risk Adjustment Compliance – Best Practices For Avoiding Legal Action, November 9 2021
  • “Investigation Hydras: Navigating Complex Issues in Internal Investigations,” AHLA Fraud & Compliance Forum, October 1, 2021
  • “False Claims Act Healthcare Year-in-Review,” Health Ethics Trust: Compliance Certification Intensive Course, August 11, 2021
  •  “False Claims Act Healthcare Year-in-Review,” Health Ethics Trust: Washington Executive Certification Course for Healthcare Compliance Executives, May 5, 2021
  • “Reevaluating the Government’s Dismissal Authority Pursuant to the FCA,” American Conference Institute (ACI) - 8th Annual Advanced Forum on False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, March 25, 2021
  • “Fiscal Year 2020 - False Claims Act Healthcare Year-in-Review,” Health Ethics Trust Webinar, February 25, 2021
  • “Fiscal Year 2020 - False Claims Act Healthcare Year-in-Review,” The Florida Department of Health Webinar, February 18, 2021
  • “CARES Act Provider Relief Funding: Key Compliance Obligations and Guidance, Best Practices and Potential Liability,” Louisiana Bar Association’s 11th Annual “J. Barrett Benton” Health Law CLE, December 4, 2020
  • “Provider Relief Funding and Government Enforcement,” Health Ethics Trust Webinar, December 2, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Government Enforcement Update,” Medtrade Virtual Conference, November 5, 2020
  • “CARES Act Provider Relief Funding: Key Compliance Obligations and Guidance, Best Practices and Potential Liability,” Health Ethics Trust Webinar, October 19, 2020.
  • “Anticipating Criminal Investigations of Long-Term Care and Senior Care Providers Relative to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” American Conference Institute (ACI) - COVID-19 Liability for Long-Term Care and Senior Care Providers, August 18, 2020
  • “Traversing Borders - Coordinating National and International Investigations Initiated Internally and Externally by U.S./International Law Enforcement,” Under the Wire, February 13, 2020
  • “Government Perspectives: Emerging Trends and Priorities in Health Care Fraud & Abuse,” North Carolina Health Care Fraud and Abuse Conference, October 17, 2019
  • “Ethical Considerations in Health Care Fraud Investigations,” AHLA Fraud & Compliance Forum, September 26, 2019
  • “Internal and External Healthcare Fraud Investigations,” Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania Compliance Committee, September 13, 2018
  • “The Ethics of a Healthcare Fraud Investigation,” South Carolina Bar Association Conference - False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care Providers, April 13, 2018
  • “Overview of Fraud & Abuse Laws,” Tennessee Bar Association 17th Annual Health Law Primer, October 4, 2017
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