honors + affiliations
Co-Chair, Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the White Collar Crime Committee
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Staff Editor, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1701 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2921
Margaret Erin Rodgers Schmidt is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Rodgers Schmidt has represented pharmaceutical, medical device, technology, insurance, and investment clients in complex civil and criminal government investigations, civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution matters. Together with her Morgan Lewis colleagues, Ms. Rodgers Schmidt also provides advice related to the negotiation, implementation, and monitoring of corporate integrity agreements between and among healthcare entities, the Department of Justice, and the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, as well as voluntary compliance agreements between and among healthcare entities and various states.
Ms. Rodgers Schmidt has represented clients in a broad range of matters, including government investigations and litigation arising under the False Claims Act, the Medicare Anti-Kickback statute, the Medicaid Rebate Statute, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and various federal and state civil and criminal fraud statutes. She has helped lead complicated multiyear investigations and has provided guidance in negotiating resolutions to complex matters.
Ms. Rodgers Schmidt also has experience conducting internal investigations and regularly counsels clients on the development and oversight of compliance programs, as well as the preparation of compliance-related reporting for the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Recently, Ms. Rodgers Schmidt's representations have included:
- Representing a multinational medical device manufacturer in multiple federal investigations.
- Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in a federal investigation involving alleged off-label promotion.
- Conducted various internal investigations for a major pharmaceutical company including investigations related to alleged potential kick-backs and alleged potential off-label promotion.
- Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in various qui-tam actions involving allegations related to scientific/laboratory improprieties and reimbursement guidance.
- Representation of a start-up pharmaceutical company in a full week arbitration involving breach of contract claims related to the conduct of a clinical trial.
- Representation of a major insurance and financial services company in a breach of contract action.
- Representation of a Fortune 50 computer manufacturer in a government investigation.
- Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in federal and state government investigations involving the marketing and pricing of products.
In addition, Ms. Rodgers Schmidt maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2012 and 2013, she and a Morgan Lewis team conducted a significant and sensitive internal investigation on behalf of a public client. Ms. Rodgers Schmidt is also a child advocate, representing young clients in dependency proceedings before the Family Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. From 2005 to 2012, she was also a volunteer attorney for the District Attorney's Office in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where she conducted preliminary criminal hearings on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Rodgers Schmidt earned her J.D., with honors, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2005, where she participated in Georgetown's Federal Legislation Clinic, advising a health privacy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. on the privacy of health information in the workplace. She also instructed law students at the Georgetown Writing Center and served as a staff editor for The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Ms. Rodgers Schmidt earned her B.A., summa cum laude, with a concentration in history from Loyola College in Maryland in 1999, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Rodgers Schmidt was a researcher on art and cultural property issues for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States and a contributor to the Commission's Staff Report, "Plunder and Restitution: The U.S. and Holocaust Victims' Assets." She also previously served as a policy associate for Innovations in Civic Participation, a Washington D.C. think tank on global youth service and civic engagement.
Ms. Rodgers Schmidt is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Georgetown University Law Center, 2005, J.D., Cum Laude
- Loyola College in Maryland, 1999, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa