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Throughout his legal career, Rick - a partner in our Life Sciences Health Industry Group - has represented a wide variety of health care and life science companies in government investigations, including administrative audits, False Claims Act litigation and white-collar criminal cases. In all these matters, which often proceed simultaneously, Rick combines the skills he developed as a trial lawyer with a broad knowledge of administrative law and health care regulations. His clients have included health systems and hospitals, academic medical centers (both public and private) and faculty practice plans, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, retail pharmacies and wholesalers, long-term care providers, clinical laboratories, multi-specialty physician groups, and individual physicians. His cases cover such diverse topics as Medicare and Medicaid billing rules, Anti-Kickback and Stark Law compliance, FCPA and similar anti-corruption legislation overseas, government contracts and grants, research integrity and human subject protections, and FDA approvals and clearances. Rick also helps clients avoid unwanted scrutiny by working with them to design regulatory compliance programs and by advising them on a multitude of voluntary disclosure issues. In addition, Rick has represented many of our clients in litigation affirmatively challenging regulations and policies adopted by government agencies.


  • Duke University School of Law, 1982, J.D., honors
  • Duke University, 1979, B.A., honors

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

  • American Bar Association
    • Criminal Justice Section
    • White Collar Crime Committee
    • Health Care Fraud Subcommittee
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Bar
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Awards & Recognition

  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Healthcare: Life Sciences, The Legal 500, 2013 - 2017
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Healthcare: Service Providers, The Legal 500, 2014 - 2017
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Health Care Law, 2006-2022
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for District of Columbia Healthcare, 2005-2008, 2010-2021
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide: Healthcare (Regulatory & Litigation), 2011-2019
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers list for Health Care, 2007-2020
  • Acritas Star, Acritas, 2017 - 2018
  • Special Recognition, "Outstanding Contributions to Compliance Professionals and the Compliance Profession," Health Ethics Trust, 2012
  • Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2013
  • Top 100 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Legal Elite, Greater Washington, D.C. Area, SmartCEO magazine, 2006
  • Outstanding Fraud and Compliance Lawyer, Nightingale's Healthcare News, 2004