honors + affiliations
Board Member, Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation
National Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Section White Collar Committee Qui Tam Subcommittee, American Bar Association
National Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Section White Collar Committee Mid-Atlantic Regional Subcommittee, American Bar Association
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Board of Directors, Union League of Philadelphia
Member, Philadelphia City Institute
Past President, Penn Association of Alumnae
Past member, Penn Alumni Board of Directors
Member, Trustees Council of Penn Women
Listed, Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine
Listed, Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer (2011)
Recipient, Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Award (2004)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
Meredith S. Auten is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice and is a member of the White Collar Litigation and Government Investigations Practice. Ms. Auten concentrates her practice on the representation of corporations and individuals in all aspects of white collar litigation. A significant portion of her practice involves defending Civil False Claims Act/qui tam actions.
Ms. Auten has defended federal and state criminal and civil cases on behalf of corporations and individuals involving allegations of healthcare fraud, procurement fraud, theft of trade secrets/intellectual property violations, antitrust violations, tax fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, and a variety of other offenses. Her practice also includes defending complex government investigations. Ms. Auten has been involved in a number of no-charge decisions involving Fortune 500 companies and individual professionals. She also has experience conducting internal investigations and regularly counsels clients on the development and oversight of compliance and ethics programs, with a particular focus in the healthcare field. Ms. Auten handles Civil False Claims Act/qui tam actions cases primarily in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and defense contracting industries.
Ms. Auten is a frequent lecturer and writer on white collar litigation topics, including the Civil False Claims Act and conducting internal investigations. She is a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers White Collar Crime Committee, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Auten currently serves as the National Co-Chair of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section White Collar Committee Qui Tam Subcommittee and Mid-Atlantic Regional Subcommittee. Additionally, she is a former member of the Criminal Justice Appointment Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Auten currently serves as a hearing committee member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Auten earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in history and French from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
Ms. Auten is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.
Healthcare Fraud and Abuse:
- Representation of pharmaceutical clients in criminal and civil investigations and litigation of issues, including sales and marketing practices, off-label promotion, and Anti-Kickback Statute.
- Representation of a variety of hospitals, clinics and health care professionals in criminal and civil investigations and litigation of issues, including Anti-Kickback statute, Stark regulations, physician supervision, medical necessity, and billing practices.
- Administrative matters including Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIAs) and Compliance Certification Agreements (CCAs) involving the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
- Review and analysis of the Compliance Programs of a number of health care entities.
- Numerous internal investigations and voluntary disclosure of potential healthcare fraud and abuse issues.
False Claims Act Litigation:
- In healthcare matters, have defended a number of pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and integrated healthcare systems, among others.
- In government contract matters, have defended major defense contractors, aerospace manufacturers, and other suppliers of goods and services to the government.
- Represented numerous healthcare providers and government contractors in False Claims Act investigations where the government elected not to intervene or were otherwise declined without civil or criminal charges.
Government Contracts Fraud:
- Successfully defended government contractors in false claims investigations that were resolved without the filing of a civil complaint or criminal charges.
- Obtained declinations of prosecution for individuals under investigation or charged with government contracts fraud.
- Successful representation of a government contractor in an investigation of contracting by the Air Force Thunderbirds.
- Have handled suspension and debarment proceedings on behalf of defense contractors.
- Conducted internal investigations of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- Counseled clients on FCPA issues and FCPA compliance programs.
- Declination of prosecution of a national newspaper and magazine distributor in connection with an investigation of alleged market allocation.
- Representation of clients in private civil treble damage and indirect purchaser litigation alleging antitrust violations, including price fixing and market allocation.
- Defense in the Enron investigation of a prominent Houston real estate agent who was involved in one of the first "off-the-books" Enron partnerships. Obtained immunity for the client and dismissal of the civil litigation against her.
- Represented prominent real estate developers charged with federal payroll tax violations and tax evasion.
- Obtained successive federal appellate reversal of a conviction and sentence of accountant accused of mail, wire, and bank fraud.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1999, J.D.
- University of Pennsylvania, 1996, B.A., Magna Cum Laude