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Mike Ruggio

Partner

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

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Has defended hospitals and healthcare providers in government investigations
  • Assisted in the investigation and plea negotiation in one of the largest medical device fraud cases in the state of Virginia.
  • Major civil litigation involving corporate licensing and government issues
  • Criminal and civil matter involving the interpretation of California law with regard to physical therapy, Med-X treatment, and therapy
  • Defense litigation involving home health care physicians and favorable determination on CMS local coverage issues in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan
  • Major civil litigation matter involving the defense of the treatment of Lyme disease by IV infusion for longer terms and dealing with the challenges to this treatment
  • Represented client in challenge by the state of Washington and the Washington State Board of Pharmacy involving the sale of human growth hormones for the treatment of various illnesses
  • Dispute involving substantial reimbursement disparity to be paid to client for its sole community hospital status. Obtained a favorable ruling from the District Court granting a summary judgment that the reimbursement disparity should be determined in favor of the sole community hospital.
  • Contract dispute involving the delay of delivery of drugs to hospitals in the entire mid-Atlantic region
  • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of several counts in the complaint
  • Defended a large stockholder class action against a bank for fraud, conversion, and violation of both state and federal securities laws. Obtained major victory in defeating class action certification which was denied by the court after extensive briefs and court arguments.
  • Defended CAISO against FERC's attempt under the Federal Power Act (FPA) to control the board composition and, thereby, the voting control of a public corporation. The case was of first impression, and the decision would have impacted all Independent System Operators nationwide. Obtained a dismissal of FERC's action at the U.S. District Court; FERC appealed to the D.C. Circuit, D.C. Circuit Court affirmed the lower court
  • Obtained Bankruptcy Court ruling on special treatment of terminal lease space in bankruptcy proceeding. Case resulted in millions of dollars for creditors of airlines for obligations under terminal leases and in 2007 was used in other major airlines bankruptcy cases

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)

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, cum laude (1982)
  • New York University, BS, Economics and Mathematics, magna cum laude (1978)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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 Circuit
  • 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. Court of Federal Claims

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Hal J. Bonney, Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1982 - 1983)

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Clifton Civic Association
  • Catholic Charities
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