Amy L. Easton
Amy Easton is a former federal prosecutor who brings exceptional skills and extensive investigation and litigation experience to her cases, which benefits our whistleblower clients.
While a former Senior Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice, Ms. Easton investigated and prosecuted many significant healthcare fraud cases, including those based on whistleblower qui tam lawsuits. She has prosecuted hospitals, health systems and physicians for charges involving unnecessary medical care, quality of care issues, Stark Act violations, kickbacks and upcoding.
In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Department of Justice Special Commendation Award in 2015.
Ms. Easton was a lead prosecutor in many successful whistleblower cases that the government joined, including:
• A qui tam whistleblower lawsuit against more than 500 hospitals in 43 states, making it one of the largest qui tam cases ever. The hospitals paid a total of more than $280 million to settle allegations that they had implanted heart devices known as cardioverter defibrillators too soon after patients’ heart attacks or heart surgery. Medicare regulations require a waiting period to give the heart time to heal.
• One of the largest False Claims Act cases brought against an individual physician, who allegedly subjected patients to unnecessary CT scans and other imaging studies.
• Multiple cases involving violations of the Stark regulations and the Anti-Kickback Act alleging prohibited financial relationships between hospitals and doctors.
• A Medicaid fraud case against a major retail pharmacy chain involving overcharging for prescription drugs.
• A False Claims Act whistleblower case against a nationwide skilled nursing facility alleging that services that were not medically necessary were billed to Medicare.
A nonprofit whistleblowers organization recognized the exemplary work by Ms. Easton in the 500 hospitals’ case and awarded her its 2016 “Public-Private Partnership Award” for the highly successful collaboration between the Department of Justice and the whistleblower team.
While at the Justice Department, Ms. Easton also investigated and resolved whistleblower cases involving other types of fraud against the government, such as one alleging fraudulent claims for payment submitted to Amtrak and the US Department of Transportation by a contractor and a separate case against a bank involving alleged fraud in mortgage loans submitted to US Housing and Urban Development.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Ms. Easton worked for a Washington, DC, law firm, where she focused on complex commercial litigation. Her responsibilities included leading an investigation of a financial institution tied to the Enron bankruptcy.
Ms. Easton earned her law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. Following graduation, she was a judicial law clerk for US Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. She is admitted to the bar in Washington, DC.
Areas of Practice
- Whistleblower / Qui tam
- Health & Health Care Law
- District of Columbia
- The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
- J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1998
- Law Review: Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Managing Editor, 1996 - 1998
- University of Michigan
- B.A. (Cum Laude) - 1995
- Major: Psychology
Honors and Awards
- Special Commendation Award - DOJ, 2015
Past Employment Positions
- Department of Justice, Senior Trial Counsel, 2003 - 2016
- Squire Sanders Law Firm, Associate, 1999 - 2003