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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Joins Hogan Lovells in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, 15 November 2010 — Virginia A. Gibson, former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has joined Hogan Lovells US LLP as a partner in the Philadelphia office and a member of the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice group.

Gibson is a highly qualified investigation, litigation, and trial lawyer who has worked as a U.S. federal prosecutor for 24 years, serving most recently as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania where she oversaw all healthcare and government fraud, among other matters. She has also served as First Assistant and Chief of the Civil Division in that office.

Prior to her work for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Gibson was with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, where she held the positions of First Assistant, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Civil Chief. Her tenures in both U.S. Attorneys' Offices have placed her at the forefront of civil False Claims Act and qui tam enforcement as well as civil and criminal enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other government fraud statutes. Gibson has played a central role in some of the largest and most significant pharmaceutical and medical device prosecutions the U.S. Department of Justice has undertaken in recent years. Under her leadership in Pennsylvania and Delaware, these offices recovered $5 billion for Medicare and Medicaid and secured significant industry changes in pharmaceutical, PBM, hospital, and nursing home fraud prosecutions. She has also served on the Deputy Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Working Group and the Assistant Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Task Force.

Gibson has received numerous awards for her work from the Department of Justice and the Attorney General, including one she will receive on 6 December for a major pharmaceutical fraud matter. Other agencies, including the President's (and the IG's ) Council on Integrity and Efficiency, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, the Army Criminal Investigative Division, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, have recognized her fraud prosecutions. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency gave her its Bronze Star.

According to Steve Immelt and Patrick Sherrington, Co-heads of the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice, "We are delighted to welcome Ginny to our white collar and healthcare litigation practice. Over her years as a prosecutor, Ginny worked on a number of innovative cases covering a range of healthcare fraud issues. She has developed a well-deserved reputation as a leading authority on federal healthcare prosecutions, including the False Claims Act. Her many leadership positions at the Department of Justice speak to her skill and judgment. Ginny’s deep experience dealing with fraud issues will allow her to deliver exceptional counsel and insight to clients across the U.S. in one of the most dynamic and challenging areas of the law."

Gibson said, "I am very pleased to be a part of Hogan Lovells, where I can focus on the healthcare, government contracting, and financial service sectors. I look forward to developing my practice with a group of colleagues who have a wealth of experience and integrity."

Gibson has served as Board Member and President of the Support Center for Child Advocates. She also teaches healthcare fraud as an adjunct professor at Rutgers, Temple, and Widener Law Schools.

She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law (cum laude), where she served on Law Review. Gibson received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Indiana.

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