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Jennifer Short brings to KaiserDillon broad experience in the public and private sectors with government and internal investigations, particularly related to government contractors and health care providers. Jennifer advises clients about how best to manage the risks of government enforcement, whether through voluntary disclosures, compliance counseling, or litigation, and always with an eye towards the client’s overall business objectives and needs.
From her years as a private criminal defense and commercial litigator and partner at an AmLaw 100 firm, Jennifer learned the importance of responding to client demands, questions, and concerns – particularly when a business’s financial well-being and reputation are threatened by a government investigation or prosecution. Her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia provided her with further insight into how the government views and responds to various defense approaches.
Prior to her work as an Assistant U.S Attorney, Jennifer was a partner at Holland & Knight, where she was a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and White Collar, Corporate Compliance, Government Contracts, and Healthcare Teams. She litigated numerous complex commercial and civil fraud matters, led internal investigations, responded to government investigations, prepared voluntary disclosures, and negotiated settlements on behalf of corporations and C-level executives.
Some of her representative matters in private practice include:
- Representing corporate clients and individuals alleged to have violated the civil False Claims Act from the onset of the government’s investigation and through to trial, settlement, or other resolution
- Serving as Special Impeachment Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary during the impeachment investigation of a federal district court judge
- Representing the CFO of a health care system in a multi-defendant criminal health care fraud investigation
- Defending a contractor against allegations of bribery, gratuity, and conflict of interest
- Responding to a New York Attorney General criminal investigation into Medicaid billing fraud
- Negotiating a favorable administrative resolution with agency suspension and debarment officials
- Conducting an internal investigation and advising the client through the HHS-OIG voluntary disclosure protocol
After 15 years in private practice, Jennifer joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement program, where she focused on government fraud and False Claims Act investigations, qui tam lawsuits, Lobbying Disclosure Act penalties, and other civil recovery efforts. There, she led teams involving various government agencies and inspector general offices, coordinated with Department of Justice attorneys to investigate allegations of large-scale fraud, and collaborated with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country on multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation.
Some of her representative government matters include:
- Litigating False Claims Act allegations against corporate and individual defendants, resulting in a $117 million judgment, one of the largest in 2018
- Investigating and negotiating a $350 million settlement in a case involving kickbacks and other conduct that defrauded the Veterans Administration, Medicare, and other federally funded healthcare programs
- Settling claims of defective pricing and price reduction violations related to a GSA schedule contract
- Negotiating pre-intervention settlements for violations of the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act
- Recovering the largest civil penalty settlement to date under the reporting requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act
Jennifer received her J.D. from the University Of Virginia School Of Law and served as a clerk for the Honorable James C. Turk, U.S. District Judge (W.D. VA). In addition to serving on committees for numerous professional and community associations, she speaks frequently at professional conferences on FCA, whistleblower, and fraud issues.
- J.D., University of Virgina School of Law
- A.B., Duke University
- Assistant U.S. Attorney in District of Columbia
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Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.June 8, 2010
Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.August 8, 2009
In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.May 8, 2009