Senior ParalegalThe United States Attorney's Office CACI International – Arlington, VA
01/2011 to 01/2014
USIS LABAT – Falls Church, VA
Provide a wide range of paralegal support services to Assistant U.S.
Attorneys relating to complex Affirmative Civil Enforcement investigations, litigation and parallel criminal prosecutions.
Extensive experience in ACE investigations and litigation involving fraud perpetrated against the government.
Familiarity with federal civil fraud statutes and common law causes of action.
Assist in the development of ACE cases by reviewing and evaluating agency referrals to advise AUSA of the merits and weaknesses of referrals based on applicable civil fraud statutes, evidence of liability, damages and potential defenses.
Manage cases by preparing investigative plans, identifying short and long-term goals, and implementing strategies to achieve them.
Gather information to aid in ACE investigations; effective communication and coordination with other departments and/or agencies of federal and state government, members of law enforcement and counsel for relators and/or defendants.
Member of investigative team with assigned AUSA (civil and criminal), client agency counsel, federal agents and auditors.
Evaluate and summarize factual issues, investigative materials, agency records and reports of interviews, results from statistically valid random sample and probe sample audits to assist with development of theory of liability and legal recommendations.
Compile and conduct extensive document review in connection with voluntary production, civil investigative demands, administrative subpoenas and discovery; organize, catalog, and maintain indexes of materials.
Review provider self-disclosures including statistical information to identify additional information necessary to meet U.S.
Attorney's Office protocol; communicate with attorney for additional information.
Analyze allegations of potential fraud, determine specific investigative data needed, identify strategic methods of obtaining data.
Draft requests for information and data retrieval to SafeGuard Services, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid program integrity contractor; effectively communicate and coordinate with data team to facilitate request.
Respond to complex or sensitive requests for information by analysis and evaluation of data.
Perform complex legal and factual research in support of ACE investigations and litigation.
Analyze and evaluate case law and legal decisions to identify relevant issues and potential evidence applicable to assigned case using a variety of sources.
Participate in relator, witness and defendant interviews.
Prepare deposition outlines and assemble required exhibits.
Conduct specialized data mining and pro-active data analysis to identify outlier providers.
Perform complex data analysis for special projects.
Draft correspondence and a variety of substantive legal pleadings for AUSA's signature including motions for extension of sealing orders, notices of intervention or declination, memoranda of law, complaints, subpoenas, and civil investigative demands for testimony, document production and interrogatories.
Receive and review incoming correspondence and pleadings for purpose of determining appropriate action; note time limitations for response.
Assist with identifying and monitoring statute of limitations deadlines, prepare tolling agreements and extensions.
Provide ACE AUSA with relevant case information necessary for settlement negotiations.
Prepare settlement documents including settlement agreements, stipulated judgments, and payment schedules.
Develop and assist with damages calculation models.
Assist with the review of financial documents including those provided in connection with ability to pay situations.
Create PowerPoint presentations to defense counsel through analysis and sorting complex data using Excel, preparing tables, compilations, and other graphic aids.
Participate in the local Law Enforcement Health Care Fraud Task Forces.
Provide assistance through preparation of PowerPoint presentations utilized by AUSA during community outreach events.
Monitor case progress, including court deadlines, to ensure legal pleadings, correspondence and other documents are prepared and submitted within established timeframes.
Identify and advice on methods to improve legal document preparation efficiencies.
Provide administrative support by responding to emails, and preparation of various ACE reports pertaining to case results, issuance of civil investigative demands and pending qui tam cases.
Self-management of daily work activities.
Working knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Word, WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat Professional, case management programs, Pacer, WestLaw, Lexis-Nexis, Courtlink, and information management systems such as CaseMap, Concordance, and i2 Analyst Notebook.
Maintain compliance with Department of Justice and corporate training requirements.
01/2010 to 01/2012
Legislative AnalystONEIDA COUNTY BOARD OF LEGISLATORS – Utica, New York
Provided research and legislative analyst assistance to eleven (11) County Legislators to include subject matter research through public record and internet searches.
Performed specialized legal research to include analysis of statutes, regulations and legal opinions to identify legislative merit, and determine issues with legislative intent or conflicting legislation necessary to formulate recommendations for the development of local laws, resolutions and petitions.
Assisted with budgetary analysis of various county government departments.
Attended Board and Standing Committee meetings and budget review sessions.
Effective communication with state and local government department heads and elected officials to gather information.
Drafted resolutions, petitions, reports, position papers, correspondence and press releases.
Participated in caucus sessions for collaborative decision making.
01/1999 to 01/2010
PETRONE & PETRONE, P.C – Utica, New York
Provided paralegal assistance to office attorneys in litigation, corporate and risk management departments by performing wide range of paralegal activities for civil litigation law firm to include conducted interviews of clients for fact gathering.
Gathered information to aid in successful litigation of personal injury cases.
Established and maintained communication with client(s), insurance carriers, attorneys and legal experts.
Prepared legal documents for attorney's signature.
Provided litigation case management and case organization.
Reviewed and summarized witness testimony transcripts.
Worked effectively with legal subject matter experts.
Crafted correspondence including comprehensive settlement demands and written case summary reports.
Performed legal research for analysis and summary of relevant case law and legal precedents utilized to develop theory of liability.
Reviewed, organized and cataloged voluminous medical records in connection with personal injury litigation and medical malpractice cases; prepared comprehensive summary of injuries, treatment, and pre-existing conditions.
Maintained contact with clients to index medical treatment and make HIPAA compliant requests for medical records.
Assisted with preparation of last will and testament, and other probate documents in connection with estate proceedings in Surrogate's Court.
Assisted with preparation of summons, complaints, and other legal documents in connection with divorce proceedings in Family Court.
Prepared Index Number applications and conducted legal document filing in Supreme Court.
Reviewed client business policies, procedures and safety programs for the purpose of making risk assessment and policy development recommendations; prepared documents to support recommendation.
Monitored litigation deadlines, applicable statutes of limitations and Court scheduling orders.
Developed damages models used for calculation of personal injury settlement and prepared final accounting.
Master of Business Administration: Economic Crime and Fraud Management Utica College Burrstone Road - Utica, New York GPA: GPA: 3.71/4.0Economic Crime and Fraud Management GPA: 3.71/4.0
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science State University of New York - Plattsburgh, New York Political Science
Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2014
Certificate Paralegal Studies: Mildred Elley School of Business - Albany, NY Affirmative Civil Enforcement Training for Auditors, Investigators and Paralegals, National Advocacy Center,
Columbia, SC, 2012
Service Tracking, Analysis, and Reporting System (STARS - health care data analysis tool of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
VIPS General Dynamics Information Technology, Towson, MD, 2012
Teaching Assistant: Utica College - Utica, NY Master Level Economic Crime Management Course in Legal Concepts of Criminal Fraud and Corporate Criminal Liability.
Affirmative Civil Enforcement contract paralegal in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York.
Certified Fraud Examiner.
Master of Business Administration in Economic Crime and Fraud Management.
Specialized knowledge of civil fraud perpetrated against the United States government, including health care fraud, violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback statutes, Stark violations, defense procurement fraud, contract and grant fraud, and qui tam cases.
Extensive experience in complex fraud investigations and diverse paralegal support role to federal prosecutors in Affirmative Civil Enforcement under the False Claims Act.
Strong analytical, research, writing and interpersonal skills.
Experience as a Teaching Assistant at Utica College for Master's.
level course in Legal Concepts of Criminal Fraud and Corporate Criminal Liability. Unique civil volunteer experience as a campaign treasurer for a county political committee, responsible for comply with all New York State Election Law accounting and filing requirements. Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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The United States Attorney's Office CACI International
ONEIDA COUNTY BOARD OF LEGISLATORS
PETRONE & PETRONE, P.C
Utica College Burrstone Road
State University of New York
Mildred Elley School of Business
Job Titles Held:
Master of Business Administration : Economic Crime and Fraud Management Bachelor of Arts : Political Science Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2014
Certificate Paralegal Studies : VIPS General Dynamics Information Technology, Towson, MD, 2012
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