Zane David Memeger is a former US attorney with more than 18 years of experience as a federal prosecutor representing clients across industry sectors. Zane brings the perspective of a federal prosecutor to his defense of clients in government investigations and related litigation involving the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), healthcare, government, and financial institution fraud, public corruption, national security, environmental crimes, and other federal offenses. Zane has conducted numerous internal investigations and provided compliance and ethics program counseling and training to corporate boards, executives, legal staff, compliance officers, and employees.
Zane returned to Morgan Lewis in 2017 after serving nearly seven years as the US attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As US attorney, he led an office of 130 lawyers who investigated and prosecuted criminal and civil cases in one of the nation’s largest districts. While prioritizing national security, public corruption, healthcare fraud and financial crimes on the criminal side, Zane oversaw the handling of FCA cases by one of the premier offices prosecuting FCA matters on behalf of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). During his tenure as US attorney in the Eastern District, Zane oversaw the prosecution and resolution of cases in virtually every sector of the healthcare industry: pharmaceuticals, medical device, durable medical equipment, pharmacies, medical laboratories, hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes, and hospice.
In addition to his regular duties, he served on the attorney general’s Advisory Committee, and was co-chair of the Health Care Fraud Working Group. In that capacity, Zane worked on legal and policy issues related to government enforcement efforts and interfaced regularly with representatives from the various components within the DOJ, the Office of Inspector General – Department of Health & Human Services (OIG-HHS), and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, Zane spoke regularly at compliance conferences to corporate executives, senior management officials, and compliance officers about federal government healthcare enforcement efforts and developing effective compliance and training programs to minimize operational risk.
Before his appointment as US attorney, Zane was a Morgan Lewis partner from 2006 to 2010, focusing on white collar criminal defense work and corporate investigations, with a strong concentration on healthcare fraud investigations involving criminal and civil allegations of fraud, kickbacks, and other misconduct. Zane began his association with Morgan Lewis in 1991, leaving in 1995 to serve as an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position he held for more than 11 years. He received several commendations in early 2006 from then FBI Director Robert S. Mueller for his work in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving public corruption and Hobbs Act violations.
Since his return to Morgan Lewis, Zane has grown his practice beyond the healthcare and life sciences space to include representations in the financial services, construction, technology, defense contracting, and public pension fund sectors. In addition to handling litigation and internal investigations for clients in these sectors, Zane counsels and advises on the creation and implementation of corporate compliance and ethics programs to address potential FCA, FCPA, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and other compliance enforcement risks. Zane also continues to engage with corporate executives, senior management officials, and compliance officers at various conferences about federal government enforcement efforts and compliance program expectations.
Zane maintains an active pro bono and public interest practice where he has conducted reviews of law enforcement practices on behalf of police departments and state law enforcement agencies, and handled litigation and other projects for various local and national public interest organizations (e.g., National Center for Access to Justice, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, Latino Justice, Center for Constitutional Rights, Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Support Center for Child Advocates, Education Law Center, etc.). Zane serves as co-leader for the Law Enforcement Policy Team for the Morgan Lewis Mobilizing for Equality (MFE) Initiative and sits on the board for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
Below are Zane’s representative matters as a federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania:
After a multi-year investigation, secured a guilty verdict against then US Congressman Chaka Fattah, Sr. and four criminal associates for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy and related public corruption offenses involving the misuse of campaign and grant funds, bribery, and money laundering
Supreme Foodservice GmbH entered a guilty plea in 2014 to major fraud charges and paid $434 million to resolve the company’s criminal and civil liability for overcharging the government for food and bottled water being supplied to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan
Extendicare Health Services Inc. paid $38 million in 2014 to resolve False Claims Act (FCA) allegations related to deficiencies in the operation of its skilled nursing homes
Below are Zane’s representative matters as a litigation attorney in private practice:
Assisted a foreign based pharmaceutical company resolve criminal and civil allegations of off-label marketing and FCA violations with the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts
Assisted a major medical device company resolve criminal and civil allegations of Anti-Kickback Statute and FCA violations with the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia
Assisted a foreign-based pharmaceutical company to review its sales and marketing program to enhance compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Conducted internal review of marketing and sales program for a foreign-based pharmaceutical company to enhance compliance policies and procedures related to regulatory oversight by DOJ and HHS-OIG as to the AKS and FCA
Provided anticorruption program training and counseling to the sales force of an international technology company
Provided anticorruption program training and counseling to the sales force of an international pharmaceutical company
Successfully defended medical device company in an FCA investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina for alleged device coding violations, reaching a favorable financial settlement with no Corporate Integrity Agreement being imposed
Successfully negotiated on behalf of a mid-size construction company a criminal resolution to Clean Air Act charges brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, including an administrative agreement with the EPA to avoid debarment from future federal government contracts
Obtained full declination of criminal charges against state pension fund and executives in an honest services fraud investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Led internal investigation on behalf of non-profit organization into the cyber theft of operating funds and successfully negotiated a financial settlement with insurance company that originally denied coverage under organization’s cyber liability insurance policy
Conducted internal investigation for international chemical company, which included a review of policies and procedures for monitoring and reporting emission incidents to state and federal environmental regulators
Conducted internal investigation and review of FCPA policies and procedures on behalf of major financial services company
Provided legal guidance on FCPA to international energy services company for purposes of conducting internal investigation related to alleged bribe requests
Conducted review and assessment of FCPA policies and procedures for publicly traded pharmaceutical company
Developed internal policy and procedure for technology firm to respond to government inquiries
Conducted an after action review of a police shooting on behalf of state attorney general with findings and recommendations
Provided legal advice and guidance to national healthcare provider regarding responses to grand jury subpoenas issued by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in multiple matters
Representation of numerous individuals and organizations in criminal grand jury proceedings and civil administrative proceedings involving requests for documents and witness testimony
University of Virginia School of Law, 1991, J.D.
James Madison University, 1986, B.S.
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Pennsylvania, Chambers USA (2022)
Member, White Collar Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2020)
Recognized, Criminal Defense, Philadelphia The Best Lawyers in America (2020–2023)
Recognized, White-Collar, Philadelphia The Best Lawyers in America (2020)
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2021)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2018–2021)
Bob Edgar Public Service Achievement Award, Common Cause Pennsylvania (June 2018)
Recommended, Industry focus - Healthcare - service providers, The Legal 500 US (2017)
Distinguished Leader Award, The Legal Intelligencer (June 2017)
NAACP Civil Rights Champion Award (July 2015)
Fox School of Business – Temple University, Law Scholar in Residence (2014–2015)
Pennsylvania Lawyer of the Year Award, The Legal Intelligencer (May 2014)
Thomas Jefferson Award, Citizens Crime Commission for the Delaware Valley (October 2013)
Liberty Bowl, Historical Society of the US District Court For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (June 2013)
Peace Islands Institute Public Service Award (April 2013)
Diverse Attorney of the Year Award, The Legal Intelligencer (June 2011)
William F. Hall Award, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia (January 2011)
Officer and Board Member, Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Officer and Executive Committee Member, Federal Criminal Law Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Member, University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, National Bar Association
Member, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
Regional Selection Committee Member, University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship Foundation