Hogan Lovells obtains acquittals of all felony charges for former New York State Assemblyman

Press releases | 29 July 2019

New York, 29 July 2019 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells represented former New York State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny in a case brought by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan that resulted in acquittals of all felony charges.

In April 2017, Brook-Krasny was very publicly accused, via a press conference, with using his employer's toxicology laboratory to enable doctors at two Brooklyn medical clinics to write opioid prescriptions in contravention of medical standards that warned against mixing opioid medication with alcohol. The medical director of the subject medical clinics pleaded guilty in March 2019 to Medicare and Medicaid fraud; the clinics he ran allegedly distributed more than 6.3 million pills.

Brook-Krasny, who faced charges of healthcare fraud, conspiracy, and bribery, mounted a vigorous defense, arguing among other things that he neither had learned of the existence of any conspiracy to distribute opioids nor took any steps to join such a conspiracy.

"We are extremely gratified by the jury's verdict in this case. Unfortunately, our client was unfairly targeted and prosecuted because of his profile and long history of public service. There was no evidence that he did anything wrong, and the jury correctly acquitted him," said James McGovern, a partner at Hogan Lovells in New York who represented Brook-Krasny.

The Hogan Lovells team was led by James McGovern and Jonathan Coppola.

Hogan Lovells has been recognized for having one of the "world's best investigations and white-collar practices," according to Global Investigations Review. Our strength lies in managing the effects of an investigation—often where there is a multijurisdictional element. Our team handles all issues relating to enforcement, whistle-blowing, criminal liability, regulatory violations, tax investigations, and asset recovery.