Foreign Corrupt Practices Act / Anti-Corruption
Qui Tam/Whistleblower Defense
J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1998 Order of the Coif Special Project Editor, S.M.U. Law Review B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1994
Felicia V. Manno is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried dozens of cases to verdict and having conducted numerous contested evidentiary hearings in both federal and state courts. After spending 11 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and most recently serving as the Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Felicia developed wide-ranging experience in investigating and trying complex criminal cases. She focuses her practice in the areas of complex white collar matters, internal investigations, False Claims Act defense, health care fraud and abuse, and products liability and medical device litigation. Felicia is well-positioned to advise corporate and individual clients in responding to government and regulatory inquiries, conducting internal investigations, representing and counseling companies and individuals involved in parallel civil and criminal proceedings initiated by the government and conducting compliance and risk assessments. While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2013, Felicia investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white collar crimes, including health care fraud, theft of trade secrets and corporate espionage, computer intrusion, securities and investment fraud, insider trading, public corruption, mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, and tax violations. She also briefed and argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Felicia held several supervisory positions while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Most recently, in her role as Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator, she directly supervised cases and reviewed qui tam complaints involving health care fraud, violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and was the office’s liaison with the Department of Justice’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Felicia also served as Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions section, where she oversaw the work of several senior AUSAs in the investigation of more complicated white collar matters. Before that, she served as Deputy Chief of the General Crimes section, where she supervised and trained AUSAs in federal criminal practice, trial advocacy and investigative strategy.
Representing large institutional investment manager defrauded out of $180MM in connection with the purchase of government-guaranteed loans. Representing former CEO of major government contracting company with projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defending national supermarket chain against allegations of violations of the False Claims Act and Anti Kickback Statute in relation to retail pharmacy promotions and drug pricing. Defending national foodservice packaging company against allegations of improper hazardous waste disposal. Defending real estate executive charged in federal court for alleged participation in a bank and wire fraud scheme relating to the financing of a multi-unit student housing property. Advising CEO of a regional hospital in connection with a Department of Justice Medicare fraud investigation. Representing two home health agencies in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice. Defending large medical device manufacturer in extensive multidistrict product liability litigation. Advising community college in connection with investigations by numerous State Attorneys General of alleged data breach of college’s computer systems. Defended Sears Holdings Corporation and Kmart Corporation in qui tam action involving alleged violation of the False Claims Act in relation to pharmacy pricing. Defended Sears Holdings Corporation and Kmart Corporation in qui tam action involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute in relation to Kmart’s pharmacy promotions. United States v. Yihao Pu, et al. Investigated and prosecuted theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, computer intrusion, and obstruction in a corporate espionage case involving two international high-frequency trading firms.° United States v. Stephen Pam, et al. Investigated and prosecuted health care fraud involving durable medical equipment and orthotics company that submitted hundreds of false claims, totaling almost $5 million, for reimbursement to Medicare, Medicaid and a private insurer.° United States v. Seth Harris. Investigated and prosecuted real estate developer who defrauded banks and investors in connection with land and construction loans for luxury residential properties in Chicago.° United States v. Joseph Dawson. Investigated and prosecuted commodity futures and securities trader who, through a Ponzi scheme, defrauded two dozen investors of approximately $3 million.° United States v. Daniel Fisher. Investigated and prosecuted tax preparer who perpetrated a massive tax shelter scheme, resulting in one of the longest sentences imposed on an individual tax preparer.
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U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL and Dallas, TX, 2002-2013 – Deputy Chief, Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section, 2012-2013 – Coordinator, Criminal Health Care Fraud, 2012-2013 – Deputy Chief, General Crimes Section, 2011-2012 – Assistant U.S. Attorney, 2002-2011 Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, 1999-2002