Ms. Schwendinger brings her regulatory compliance expertise to bear when counseling clients and pursuing litigation on their behalf. She advises clients on government investigations, healthcare compliance, and the financial, administrative, and scientific management of grants and cooperative agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwendinger served for nearly eight years as an attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Ms. Schwendinger brings extensive experience in HHS-OIG investigations and administrative proceedings, as well as False Claims Act matters. She represented HHS on a government-wide grant fraud task force, and, among other accomplishments, worked on many of the significant False Claims Act matters brought against universities over the past decade, including Duke, Columbia, University of Florida, Harvard affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Iowa State, and the University of North Texas.
Ms. Schwendinger also led numerous health care fraud cases, investigating instances of potential fraud to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including Anti-kickback and Stark Law violations. Ms. Schwendinger collectively resolved nearly two hundred matters in government service and advised several Fortune 500 companies and small business life science enterprise in private practice.