Amy L. Easton

As a former DOJ Senior Trial Counsel for 12 years, Ms. Easton investigated and prosecuted many significant healthcare fraud cases, including one involving more than 500 hospitals that settled for $282 million. She is a recipient of the Dept. of Justice's Special Commendation Award.

Amy Easton, a partner at Phillips & Cohen, 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 Counsel 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.

A 'true example of the best and the brightest attracted to public service.'

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, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, 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.

  • “Federal government intervenes in hospital whistleblower suit,” AP News, December 22, 2018.
  • “How DOJ got 500-plus hospitals to settle over cardiac implants,” Modern Healthcare, May 28, 2016.

  • “Former Federal Prosecutor Amy Easton Joins Phillips & Cohen in Washington,” Corporate Crime Reporter, February 24, 2016.

  • “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” – Lawdragon – 2019
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