Press Release

Congressional Deputy Counsel and Former HHS-OIG Senior Counsel Joins Morgan Lewis FDA & Healthcare Practice

April 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 18, 2011: Morgan Lewis today announced that Arianne Callender has joined the firm as of counsel in its FDA & Healthcare Practice, resident in Washington, D.C. Ms. Callender most recently served as Deputy Oversight Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security and has served as senior counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (HHS-OIG).

"Government enforcement initiatives and corporate responsibility initiatives in the health industry continue to challenge all health sectors and the opportunity to grow our nationally recognized fraud and abuse practice with additional senior-level HHS-OIG and congressional expertise is a tremendous opportunity," noted Kathleen Sanzo, leader of the FDA & Healthcare Practice at Morgan Lewis. 

"Arianne's DOJ trial experience in health care fraud matters and her OIG experience in corporate integrity matters, combined with her federal legislative experience, uniquely complements our national health industry compliance and enforcement practice.  Her background provides our clients with important insight and experience on current congressional and HHS programs and enforcement priorities, as well as on policy shifts resulting from continuing healthcare reform. Arianne's experience on Capitol Hill and within HHS-OIG enables us to better assist clients to navigate the challenging policy, compliance, and regulatory issues they face as healthcare providers, suppliers, and manufacturers."

From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Callender served as senior counsel at OIG and on detail to the Department of Justice, where she conducted dozens of civil and administrative investigations of healthcare fraud and abuse involving the full range of healthcare providers, including hospital chains, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, laboratories and physicians.

Ms. Callender has negotiated global whistleblower settlements and related corporate integrity agreements in matters arising under the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Stark Law. She served as a special federal prosecutor on 16 criminal healthcare fraud conspiracy, kickback, and money laundering cases for the South Florida Medicare Fraud Strike Force and represented the United States in a Medicare kickback conspiracy trial, obtaining guilty verdicts on all counts. She has also performed investigations and handled litigation arising from the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, the Civil Monetary Penalties Law, Quality Improvement Organization-referred sanctions, voluntary disclosure, and exclusion matters.

During her tenure with the Homeland Security Committee, she made recommendations to the committee chairman on matters involving regulated entities and business partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, she developed strategies for investigative hearings, and advised the Chairman on issues related to transportation security, cyber security, emerging threats, emergency management, and border security.