Peter H. Walsh
Peter Walsh is a seasoned problem solver with the unique blend of experience as a public-company executive and government official with a proven ability to deliver practical solutions to clients.
Prior to re-joining Hogan Lovells in 2015 as a partner focusing on investigations, class actions, healthcare, and other complex litigation, Peter served as Chief of Litigation and Government Investigations and Senior Deputy General Counsel of UnitedHealth Group (UHG). He handled the most significant legal matters for this Fortune 15 company, including the largest stock-option backdating investigation in U.S. history, numerous congressional and government investigations, and hundreds of cases ranging from regulatory enforcement proceedings to complex securities and healthcare class actions.
As a senior executive at UHG, Peter experienced first-hand the challenges that companies confront on a day-to-day basis and the pressures in-house counsel face managing a heavy and diverse docket and various demands and deadlines. He recognizes the importance of delivering business-oriented, pragmatic solutions to management that account not only for legal risk, but the company's operational priorities and the expectations of shareholders, customers, and other constituencies. Collaborating with business leaders, government affairs, public relations, and the in-house team, Peter navigated a variety of crises with an eye towards minimizing disruption and reputational impact, while balancing risk with the goals of the business. And as the lawyer responsible for managing outside counsel relationships, Peter appreciates the value of cost-efficient and actionable legal advice delivered by counsel familiar with the company's operations and mission.
Prior to UHG, Peter was a federal prosecutor in Denver, where he obtained convictions in a variety of high-profile securities, tax, accounting, and other economic-crimes investigations and jury trials.
Areas of Focus
Conducted FCPA due diligence and compliance review for significant public company acquisition in Brazil.
Defended corporations and senior executives in many high-profile U.S. Congressional investigations and Committee hearings.
Successfully managed dozens of sensitive internal investigations of accounting fraud, privacy breach, insider trading and regulatory violations.
Successfully navigated largest stock options backdating investigation in U.S. history following US$1.5bn restatement.
Experience with multiple state and federal agencies including DOJ, SEC, FINRA, HHS-OIG, CMS, FTC and state attorneys general.
Responsible for docket of hundreds of new provider and member benefit disputes, including dozens of nationwide class actions.
Regularly tried cases before juries and argued in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals as an economic crimes prosecutor.
As a federal prosecutor, involved in a variety of high-profile securities, accounting, and economic crimes cases.