Stephen S. Hasegawa

Mr. Hasegawa’s work was recognized by the National Law Journal with the “Elite Trial Lawyers” award to the firm. His whistleblower cases have returned millions to schools and helped stop fraud schemes involving Medicare and a disabled vets program.

Stephen Hasegawa, a partner at Phillips & Cohen, represents whistleblowers in qui tam cases and whistleblower submissions involving numerous industries, such as healthcare, defense, aerospace, financial services and government procurement.

He was named to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America” list for 2019 based on his work representing whistleblowers.

Mr. Hasegawa has played a key role in a number of whistleblower cases that have gotten significant results, including:

Mr. Hasegawa is co-counsel in a case against UnitedHealth Group and other defendants alleging use of fraudulent risk-adjustment data in Medicare Advantage plans. It is one of the first significant whistleblower cases alleging risk adjustment fraud by a Medicare Advantage plan run by a major health insurer.

Based partially on the results that Mr. Hasegawa obtained in two of his whistleblower cases, Phillips & Cohen was named to the National Law Journal’s “Elite Trial Attorneys” list in the employment law practice area.

Mr. Hasegawa joined Phillips & Cohen after eight years with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles. He litigated numerous securities matters, including matters involving private securities litigation, SEC actions and inquiries, criminal investigations, internal investigation and state securities laws. Mr. Hasegawa’s practice also covered a diverse range of commercial disputes, including litigation under the California False Claims Act, entertainment-industry litigation, class actions and numerous cases concerning copyright, trademark, trade secrets and contracts.

Mr. Hasegawa graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He was named a “Super Lawyers Rising Star” in both Northern and Southern California.

Mr. Hasegawa serves as Phillips & Cohen LLP’s General Counsel. He is admitted to the bar in California.

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  • “How A Compliance Chief Went From Ignored To Whistleblower,” Law360, July 20, 2020
  • “ResMed to pay more than $37.5M to settle kickback allegations made in 5 whistleblower lawsuits,” FierceHealthcare, January 15, 2020.
  • “ResMed to pay $39.5 to settle kickback allegations,” HealthLeaders Media, January 15, 2020.
  • “Court To Hear Drug Patent Case Based on Alleged False Claims,” Bloomberg Law, December 19, 2019.
  • “Präsidiale Tweets gegen Whistleblower – Wie steht es in den USA um ihren Schutz?” Deutschlandfunk, November 18, 2019.
  • “Gilead Whistleblowers may be well placed to fight DOJ dismissal,” Bloomberg Law, January 16, 2019.
  • “Credit Suisse: AbbVie’s fraud allegations mirror common biopharma strategy,” S&P Global Market Intelligence, September 19, 2018.
  • “High hopes, 1 result from Justice Department false claims memo,” Bloomberg Government, July 17, 2018.
  • Wells Fargo Will Appeal $5.4M OSHA Whistleblower Award, Corporate Counsel, April 4, 2017.
  • Interview with “Elite Trial Lawyer” and Phillips & Cohen partner Stephen Hasegawa, National Law Journal.
  • “Office Depot settles whistleblower suit for $68.5 million,” San Bernadino County Sun, January 16, 2015.
  • “Office Depot to Pay $68.5 Million to Settle False Claims Charge,” Corporate Crime Reporter, January 14, 2015.
  • “Santa Clara County to get $3 million in settlement with Office Depot in overcharges for office supplies,” San Jose Mercury News, January 16, 2015.
  • “Community Health Systems, hospitals to pay $75M in Medicaid scam,” The Tennessean, February 2, 2015.
  • “CHS settles false claims allegations for $75M,” Beckers Hospital Review,  February 2, 2015.
  • “U.S. Renal Care settles billing fraud case brought by nurse,” Nephrology News.
  • “U.S. Renal Care Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle False Claims Charge,” Corporate Crime Reporter, May 21, 2013.
  • “500 Leading Lawyers in America” – Lawdragon – 2019, 2020
  • “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” – Lawdragon – 2019
  • National Law Journal – Elite Trial Lawyers (firm award) – 2015
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California – Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist (firm award) – 2015
  • National Law Journal – Rising Stars

VIDEO: Mr. Hasegawa was filmed by CAOC about his case against Office Depot.

  • Moderator of “Developing Issues Involving the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law,” 19th Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference, October 2, 2019.
  • “The DOJ’s evolving civil enforcement priorities: from the Yates memo to the Brand memo and beyond,” George Mason University Law & Economics Center Panel, February 22, 2019.
  • “Compliance: New Risks, Challenges, and Approaches,” New York University, October, 2016
  • “When/How to Attack Affirmative Defenses,” Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference, 2015.

Phillips & Cohen attorney Stephen Hasegawa – a partner at our San Francisco office – underscores the unique value of whistleblowers at George Mason Law & Economics Center’s recent panel on False Claims Act enforcement.  See video of the panel discussion.

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