Garrett, Fisher honored as NLJ Trailblazers for Health Care Law

Nathan Garrett and the team at Graves Garrett have crafted a niche in health care False Claims Act (FCA) and related government enforcement cases based on their extensive legal experience at the federal and state levels. They have an established track record of success in this highly specialized area while uniquely representing both relators and defendants in high-profile FCA cases.

In April, National Law Journal recognized Graves Garrett partners Nathan Garrett and Kathleen Andrews Fisher as part of its 2020 Health Care Law Trailblazers honoree class.

“We are exceptionally proud to have our work done on behalf of valued clients highlighted in this manner,” Garrett said. “We’ve worked diligently to continually advance our False Claims Act practice with a focus on providing a comprehensive and outcome-oriented approach to these types of cases. Graves Garrett has made health care enforcement a priority, and we have the experience to handle any and all matters in that sector for our clients.”

Graves Garrett represents health care practices and medical professionals nationwide. With over a century of combined legal experience, the firm offers comprehensive and creative solutions to criminal and civil litigation, professional liability, corporate compliance and data privacy.

Litigation work spans a broad spectrum of issues, but FCA work has become especially important.

“Health care is the primary industry for FCA cases,” Garrett said. “We have cultivated a national reputation as a leader in this area by combining our attorneys’ strengths in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and commercial litigation. This benefits our clients, allowing us to provide counsel that can be relied upon when dealing with these high stakes, government-involved matters.”

Garrett spent 15 years as a state and federal prosecutor and FBI Special Agent; experiences that developed an understanding of and appreciation for the government’s role in enforcement, informing his interactions with prosecutors, investigators and attorneys involved in FCA health care cases.

Graves Garrett has successfully resolved three multimillion-dollar FCA relator cases in the past three years, and have successfully defended multiple clients in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of claims. Examples of their recent relator work include:

  • In 2017, they represented the whistleblower in a United States investigation, which confirmed allegations against a health care laboratory for knowingly violating the anti-kickback law through donations to medical practices, leading to a $9.35 million settlement against the defendants.
  • In 2019, a United States court approved a nearly $10 million settlement against a compounding pharmacy and its three owners for fraudulently substituting higher cost component drugs in compounded creams.
  • Currently, Graves Garrett represents a relator in allegations that a medical device manufacturer violated the anti-kickback statute by paying physicians under sham consulting agreements.