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November 16, 2021

7 Due Diligence Issues to Avoid False Claims Act Lawsuits

Nelson Mullins partners Jennifer Malinovsky and Ed White join Alice Harris, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet, to go over the key compliance areas to look for in due diligence. 

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Courtney E. Walsh

Courtney E. Walsh

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
court.walsh@nelsonmullins.com

Court handles complex litigation matters in federal, state, and administrative courts. His practice primarily involves litigating and consulting on matters related to contracts, construction projects, energy, government contracts, the environment, and insurance. 

Court handles complex litigation matters in federal, state, and administrative courts. His practice primarily involves litigating and consulting on matters related to contracts, construction projects, energy, government contracts, the environment, and insurance. 

Courtney E. Walsh

Court handles complex litigation matters in federal, state, and administrative courts. His practice primarily involves litigating and consulting on matters related to contracts, construction projects, energy, government contracts, the environment, and insurance. 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Litigated matters on behalf of project owners, renewable energy developers, and engineers involved in construction-related disputes
  • Represented solar developers in PURPA litigation at the South Carolina Public Service Commission.
  • Represented product manufacturers in commercial disputes with their dealers and distributors
  • Provided counsel concerning insurance issues applicable to construction projects
  • Served as litigation counsel for property insurer defending against claims related to coverage and bad faith
  • Knowledgeable concerning insurance insolvency and guaranty fund legal issues and protection
  • Litigated and provided counsel to companies, vendors, and contractors doing business with federal, state, and local government entities

Previous Professional Experience

  • Provided litigation services with special emphasis on government contracts, environmental matters, federal False Claims Act suits, construction projects, and other commercial disputes as counsel in the Columbia office of a regional law firm
  • Served as deputy counsel for a military air base, providing counsel regarding contracts and acquisitions, employment law, endangered species, cultural resources management, environment planning, and hazardous materials management
  • Served as the primary legal adviser for a Marine Corps infantry battalion in Al Anbar, Iraq
  • As a military criminal defense counsel, represented and advised service members facing prosecution in military courts in both the United States and overseas

Education

  • Harvard Law School, LLM (2011)
    • Senior Editor, Harvard National Security Journal
  • University of Florida, JD, magna cum laude (2004)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Moot Court
    • University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • The Citadel, BA, summa cum laude (2001)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom
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