Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Federal Court of Claims
  • United States Supreme Court

Mike Ruggio

Partner
mike.ruggio@nelsonmullins.com
T: 202.689.2868
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20001

Mike Ruggio focuses his practice on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse and civil False Claims Act investigations, healthcare litigation and healthcare regulatory matters with an emphasis on representing hospitals and other healthcare providers, including medical device and pharmaceutical corporations and their respective officers and directors, in matters relating to federal regulation and investigation. He represents healthcare providers in general civil litigation matters as well. He has experience in healthcare antitrust matters, anti-kickback, Stark and HIPAA.  He has been involved in numerous pharmaceutical, e-health technology, and bio-health cases concerning average wholesale pricing issues, reimbursement fraud, medical necessity and other related matters. Mr. Ruggio represents medical device and pharmaceutical companies in civil litigation and FDA compliance. He has served as outside general counsel for the American Association of Health Freedom and Optimal Health, P.C.  He also represents individuals and corporations in white collar and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters.

Representative Matters

The following is a selected sampling of recent matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past successes do not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter:

  • Acted as lead trial counsel in one of the largest Medicare and Medicaid healthcare carrier case verdicts in the U.S. 
  • Recovered damages of $144 million for the Federal Insurance Fund.
  • Defended a major healthcare system in a substantial case involving allegations of billing fraud. Case involved numerous qui tam matters filed in various district courts and involved the review of millions of documents, hundreds of depositions, numerous court hearings, pretrial motions, etc.
  • Defended Department of Justice investigations for billing irregularity issues with regard to durable medical equipment groups, medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. Prevailed in favorable settlements in numerous matters.

Previous Professional Experience

  • Private law practice (1997-2013)
  • Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington, D.C.  (1990-1997)
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia,  Alexandria, Virginia (1994-1996)
  • Senior Counsel and Officer, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Director and Officer Liability Section, Washington, D.C. (1986-1990)
  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Hal J. Bonney, Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia (1982-1983)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Recovery Legislation and Expanding Legal Work" (discussion on ARRA, TARP, and FDIC Initiatives, Resulting Fraud, and Potential Areas of Business Development), Akron Winter Law Institute (2010)
  • "ERISA and Pre-emption Legal Alternatives," Child Health Corporation of America (2007)
  • "Investigation and Prosecution of Integrative and Alternative Medicine," American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (2007)
  • "Future of Integrative Medicine and Building Blocks of Health Freedom," Wellness Forum (2007)