Margaret Erin Rodgers Schmidt defends and represents clients in a variety of complex civil and criminal government investigations, internal investigations, and civil litigation arising under various fraud and abuse and employment laws at the federal and state level. Erin brings a diligent no-nonsense approach to counseling clients and conducting internal investigations in many areas, including serious allegations of workplace harassment, fraud, kickbacks, and regulatory noncompliance. Erin’s preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.
Erin regularly defends companies in litigation involving allegations that arise under the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and various US federal and state civil and criminal fraud and employment-related statutes. Erin leads investigations into allegations into these same areas and frequently counsels clients on the development and oversight of effective corporate compliance programs. Erin co-leads the healthcare industry initiative.
Erin handles high-profile and high-stakes workplace matters for employers, including where clients are managing a workplace crisis. Erin has worked with clients in corporate America, higher education, the media, the nonprofit sector, and healthcare to conduct independent internal investigations and advise key stakeholders, including boards of directors, regarding best practices for remediating and responding to workplace issues in individual cases and in the programs used to prevent, detect, and respond to harassment. Erin has led internal investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct by CEOs and senior executives at multiple nonprofit entities and leading American corporations, working with clients throughout the life of the investigation to conduct thorough, sensitive, and efficient investigations and address risks including potential litigation and brand-threatening publicity. Erin was also a member of the Morgan Lewis team that investigated allegations of workplace misconduct at NPR and has assisted numerous clients in investigating “the investigation” by reviewing how organizations investigated and responded to past claims of workplace misconduct.
Erin is a member of the 40-lawyer Morgan Lewis CARES Act Loan Program Task Force. Erin counsels clients in many industries regarding the loans available through the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program and the risks associated with these loans.
Erin maintains an active pro bono practice. As a child advocate, she has represented young clients in dependency proceedings before the Family Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She has also conducted numerous internal investigations for nonprofit clients. Erin is also a co-leader of the Voting Rights working group, a team within the firm’s Mobilizing for Equality racial justice task force. This working group develops client relationships through which the firm supports free and fair access to voting through litigation, legislation, and other public advocacy.
Prior to attending law school, Erin 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 report “Plunder and Restitution: The US and Holocaust Victims’ Assets.”
Erin’s representations have included:
A major pharmaceutical company in qui tam litigation involving allegations of scientific/laboratory improprieties
A major healthcare provider in a government investigation involving allegations related to a charitable patient assistance program
A major pharmaceutical company in a government investigation involving allegations related to a relationship with a digital health technology services provider
A major healthcare provider in an investigation involving allegations of potential kickbacks arising from an agreement with another healthcare provider
A special committee of a media organization’s board of directors in conducting an independent investigation of workplace allegations
A special committee of a university’s board of directors in conducting a cultural assessment and investigation of workplace allegations
A multinational medical device manufacturer in multiple federal investigations involving allegations related to the Anti-Kickback Statute and the FCPA
A major medical device company in a criminal and civil investigation of conduct involving alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act
An international medical device company in connection with alleged FCPA violations related to sales and marketing practices in India
A major pharmaceutical company in a criminal and civil federal investigation related to alleged off-label promotion
Major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in conducting internal investigations, including investigations related to alleged kickbacks, off-label promotion, and reimbursement guidance
Various pharmaceutical and medical device companies in providing advice regarding robust corporate compliance programs and the negotiation, implementation and monitoring of Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services
A startup pharmaceutical company in an arbitration involving breach of contract claims related to the conduct of a clinical trial
A Fortune 50 computer manufacturer in a government investigation
A major pharmaceutical company in federal and state government investigations involving the marketing and pricing of products
Georgetown University Law Center, 2005, J.D., Cum Laude
Loyola College in Maryland, 1999, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2020)
Co-Leader, Morgan Lewis Healthcare Industry Initiative
Co-Leader, ML Women Philadelphia
Co-Chair, Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the White Collar Crime Committee
Mentoring Partner, Morgan Lewis Philadelphia Litigation group
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Staff Editor, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy