Scott A. Memmott represents life sciences and healthcare organizations in government and internal corporate investigations; civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions by government agencies; and complex civil and criminal litigation. Scott handles a range of fraud, abuse, and compliance matters involving the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, off-label promotion, government reimbursement, and quality of care for global pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers; healthcare providers, suppliers, and payors; biotechnology companies; contract research organizations; diagnostic testing facilities; and laboratory equipment manufacturers.
Scott also routinely assists clients with government self-disclosures and assesses, designs, consults on and implements mandatory and voluntary compliance and integrity programs, including negotiating and implementing Corporate Integrity Agreements with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
Before entering private practice, Scott defended claims against the US government as a trial attorney in the civil division at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and prosecuted federal criminal matters as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He conducted federal grand jury investigations, supervised federal law enforcement investigations, and served as lead counsel in jury trials in federal courts throughout the United States.
Scott has been recognized as a Life Sciences Star in Fraud and Abuse and as a Litigation Star by the Legal Media Group, which described Scott and three other Morgan Lewis colleagues as making up “one of the industry’s finest litigation and enforcement practices.” The Legal 500 US refers to Scott as “highly regarded” in the area of healthcare fraud and abuse and government investigations and as someone who has been singled out by clients as providing “mature and sophisticated advice.” He publishes and lectures frequently on government enforcement, fraud and abuse, and corporate compliance issues.
In addition, Scott is known for his keen understanding of the life sciences and healthcare industries where he has helped design and create collaborations among academic medical centers, private research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and patient advocacy groups focused on basic scientific research, translational research, drug discovery, and commercialization of drug therapies.
As part of his active pro bono practice and civic activities in the life sciences, Scott serves on the external advisory board of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Targeted Therapies for Glioblastoma, the Brain Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health through the National Cancer Institute’s Translational Research Program. Scott also previously acted as outside General Counsel to the National Brain Tumor Society and its subsidiaries, served as an honorary member of the organization’s board of directors, and chaired its Programs and Advocacy Committees.
Additionally, Scott has served for more than 15 years as outside General Counsel to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization established to raise funds to construct, maintain, and operate the congressionally authorized national memorial to honor those killed in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Scott currently is advising the organization on the construction of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center, which will be located adjacent to the Memorial. Pro bono efforts led by Scott have received three local and two national pro bono awards.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Scott was the national vice chair of the healthcare group at another international law firm. He spent 14 years on active duty in the US Coast Guard. Scott co-leads the firm’s veterans lawyers group as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1996, J.D.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1987, B.S., With High Honors
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2021)
Local Litigation Star, District of Columbia, Benchmark Litigation (2021)
Recommended, Industry focus: Healthcare: service providers, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Life Sciences Star, Non-IP Litigation and Enforcement, LMG Life Sciences (2016–2020)
Life Sciences Star, Fraud and Abuse, LMG Life Sciences (2012–2015)
Litigation Star, Washington, DC, Legal Media Group’s Benchmark Litigation (2016–2018)
Recommended, The Legal 500 US (2016)
Leadership Committee Member, American Health Lawyers Association’s Journal of Health and Life Sciences Editorial Advisory Board (2021-2022)
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, White Collar Crime Committee, Health Law Section and Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Member, Healthcare Compliance Association
Member, Health Law Section, District of Columbia Bar Association