Editor, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce
University of Missouri-St. Louis,
B.A., summa cum laude
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
ABA, Litigation, Health Law, Public Contracts and Litigation Sections, Health Care Fraud Subcommittee
Women's White Collar Defense Association
Chair, Social Media Subcommittee
St. Louis Health Lawyers Association
Past President, Missouri Bar Health and Hospital Subcommittee
American Health Lawyers Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Healthcare Business Women's Association, Secretary and Board Member, 2011
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys, Board Member, 2011
Thompson Coburn LLP
Office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of Missouri
Civil Chief, 2004-2005
Assistant US Attorney, 1991-2004
Small Business Administration
Chief Counsel, 1987-1991
Trial Attorney, 1985-1987
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Member, Chancellor’s Council, College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
Member, Board of Directors
Executive Committee Board Member, HCC STL Foundation
Casa de Salud St. Louis
Member, Board of Directors
Vice President, Executive Committee
St. Louis Public Radio
Board Member, Governance Committee
National Kidney Fund
As a former Assistant United States Attorney, Claire advocates for clients in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, False Claims Act litigation and other complex white-collar litigation.
Drawing upon her 14-year history with the Department of Justice and service as a Chief, Claire represents and advises health care providers, registrants under the Controlled Substances Act and government contractors. Claire enjoys guiding physician groups, hospitals, pharmaceutical groups and government contractors through the maze of complex and overlapping government regulatory schemes and assisting with the resolution of compliance concerns.
Claire regularly represents health care providers and government contractors in a wide range of False Claims Act lawsuits, obtaining dismissals and successful resolutions for her clients. Parallel to this litigation, Claire navigates her clients through the myriad number of related administrative proceedings and compliance concerns involving licensure and participation in Federal programs.
Throughout her career, Claire has represented clients in bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation matters. She has also frequently served as a court-appointed receiver in litigation initiated by the SEC, the FTC, and the SBA, and served as counsel in Receivership litigation.
Claire has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law and Criminal Defense: White-Collar Law, from 2014-2022 (by BL Rankings).
Successfully resolved False Claims Act qui tam case on behalf of national managed behavioral health organization.
Successfully resoled False Claims Act qui tam case on behalf of a national practice management group for ambulatory surgery centers.
Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act qui tam case against Chicago hospital.
Represented large government contractor in False Claims Act qui tam matter.
Resolved threatened indictment of physician involving billing issues.
Handled Physician representation in Medicare exclusion.
Handled Physician representation in Medicaid termination.
Negotiated resolution of physician practice dispute following entry of restraining order.
Appeared before Board of Healing Arts for physicians to resolve charges and allegations.
Represented pharmaceutical executives in resolving government investigation.
Served as Receiver of multiple companies in Acartha Group matter initiated by SEC, which involved $75 investor fraud.
Served as Receiver in FTC matter on behalf of defrauded consumers by robo callers.
Handled federal equity Receivership work for Small Business Investment Companies.
Panelist, "Significant Legal Developments: Central and Midwest Region";
Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2019
"Recent Developments on Damages and Penalties";
10th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, June 2014
"The Heat is On";
Missouri Bar Health and Hospital Law Subcommittee, May 2010
"Government Investigations and Compliance";
Illinois State Bar Healthcare Subcommittee, April 2009
"How to Prevent the FBI from Knocking on Your Door";
Joseph Flynn Lectureship, January 2009
"The 2009 Office of Inspector General Work Plan";
American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management, December 2008
"An Insider's Perspective On Health Care Investigations (Internal Investigations, Voluntary Disclosure and the Civil False Claims Act)";
Thompson Coburn, September 2008
"The Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2008, The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act";
Missouri Association of Homes For The Aged, August 2008
"Can Your Joint Venture Survive The Scrutiny Of A Government Investigation?";
American Bar Association, National Institute on Health Care Fraud, May 2008
"Insights and Updates Regarding the Civil False Claims Act";
Thompson Coburn, May 2008
"Health Care Fraud and False Claims Act litigation";
"Fraud and Compliance Forum";
American Health Lawyers Association, October 2005
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regional Training;
National and local fraud training sessions;
United States Department of Justice
"Bio-Terrorism and Forensic Epidemiology Seminar";
Workers’ Compensation Fraud Training;
United States Postal Service, May 2002
"Trial Practice" demonstration;
Keynote Presentation, ABA National Institute on Health Care Fraud, June 2001
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