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Michael A. Morse

Michael A. Morse is a partner and the Chair of the nationwide Federal and State Whistleblower (Qui Tam) practice group of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. Mr. Morse is based in the firm’s Philadelphia Office and also concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense, criminal and civil health care fraud litigation, health care law, and complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Morse is widely recognized as a leader in the future of federal and state false claims litigation across the United States. Mr. Morse has served as lead or co-lead counsel for whistleblowers in false claims cases that have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for federal and state taxpayers.

Mr. Morse was counsel for the lead whistleblowers in a number of the most successful false claims cases in United States history, including:

  • United States ex rel. Michael Epp v. Supreme Foodservice AG, 10-1134 (E.D.Pa.) (resulting in a $389 million civil and criminal recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. Hunt and Gauger v. Medco Health Solutions, 00-737 (E.D.Pa.) (resulting in a $185 Million recovery for federal and state taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. Monahan v. St. Barnabas Health System, 02-5702 (D.N.J.) (resulting in a $265 Million recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. DePace v. Cooper Health System, 08-5626 (D.N.J.) (resulting in a $12.6 Million recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. Eastmond v. Vortec Corporation, 00-6458 (E.D.Pa) (resulting in a $4.5 Million recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. DiMezza v. The Boeing Company, 2-10-000634 (E.D.Pa) (resulting in a $4.4 Million recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States & State of Texas ex rel. Hudnall v. Rescare, 3:01cv1154-H (N.D.Tex.) (resulting in a $2.15 Million recovery for federal and Texas taxpayers)

Mr. Morse is frequently invited to speak to audiences across the United States on federal and state false claims litigation. He also has authored and co-authored a number of articles and chapters on false claims statutes, and is frequently asked by members of the national media to comment on developments in false claims cases.

Mr. Morse is a former prosecutor, who is known for his dogged determination in representing his whistleblower clients across the United States. He has litigated virtually every issue in false claims cases, and has battled successfully on behalf of his whistleblower clients in some of the most hotly contested false claims cases in the United States. Mr. Morse has also been involved in promoting the passage of new State false claims acts, and has worked to strengthen the federal False Claims Act.

Mr. Morse is a member of the American, Federal Circuit, Pennsylvania, New York and Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He served as a member of the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Litigation newsletter, and a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association’s Mid-Atlantic White Collar Crime Committee.

Mr. Morse has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. Previously, he was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2005 through 2008 and 2010 through 2012 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. He has also been selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a Lawyer on the Fast Track for 2010.

Mr. Morse is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and the University of Michigan.

Mr. Morse is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

Speaking Engagements

  • “P06-False Claims Act Developments,” HCCA’s 21st Annual Compliance Institute (National Harbor, MD), March 26, 2017
  • “False Claims Act Update,” Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ White Collar Crime Seminar (Philadelphia, PA), November 11, 2016
  • “Recent Trends and Developments in the False Claims Act,” University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pittsburgh, PA), October 25, 2016
  • “False Claims Act Developments,” Healthcare Compliance Association’s 20th Annual Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV), April 17, 2016
  • “Complexities of Parallel Proceeding Under the False Claims Act,” ABA Section of Litigation Healthcare Los Angeles Regional Conference (Los Angeles, CA), November 3, 2015
  • Qui Tam Litigation, A Practitioner’s Symposium: Recent Trends and Development in the Law,” American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and the White Collar Crime Southeast Region Subcommittee (Charlotte, NC), September 25, 2015
  • “False Claims Act Litigation,” Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), April 29, 2015
  • “False Claims Act Developments,” HCCA 2015 Compliance Institute (Orlando, FL), April 19, 2015
  • “Whistleblower Litigation,” Annual Bench-Bar Conference, Philadelphia Bar Association (Philadelphia, PA), October 17-18, 2014
  • “Anatomy of a False Claims Act Investigation,” Florida Hospital Association (Daytona Beach, FL), June 18, 2014
  • “Managing the Whistleblower Process,” PICPA Healthcare Conference (Hershey, PA), June 9-10, 2014
  • 2014 ABA Civil False Claims Act & Qui Tam Enforcement National Institute (Washington, DC), June 4-6, 2014
  • “False Claims Act Developments,” HCCA 2014 Compliance Institute (San Diego, CA), March 30, 2014
  • “False Claims Act and Qui Tam Litigation,” National Business Institute CLE (Philadelphia, PA), November 21, 2013
  • “Case Study of a Qui Tam Case,” University of Michigan School of Law (Ann Arbor, MI), November 6, 2013
  • “False Claims Act Developments,” National Association of Portable Xray Providers (NAPXP) Annual Convention (Las Vegas, NV), October 1-3, 2013
  • 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part IV: False Claims Act (Philadelphia, PA), May 8, 2013
  • ABA Internal Corporate Investigations 2013 Program (Washington, DC), April 24-26, 2013
  • “Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayments: The 60-day Rule and False Claims Act Liability,” PBI’s 19th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 12-13, 2013
  • “Anatomy of a Whistleblower Case,” HCCA South Atlantic Regional Annual Conference (Orlando, FL), February 8, 2013
  •  “False Claims and Overpayment Rule,” AHLA’s Audits, Self-Disclosures, Recoupment & False Claims Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part II (Philadelphia, PA), December 7, 2012
  • “Leading Qui Tam Counsel,” Thirteenth Annual Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum (Washington, DC), November 6, 2012
  • “False Claims Act Developments,” HCAA 2012 Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV), April 30, 2012
  • “CMS Seeks to Clarify Sixty-Day Report and Return: Are We There Yet?” AHLA/HCAA Webinar (Philadelphia, PA), April 11, 2012
  • “Fraud and Abuse Cases in the Vascular Lab,” Society for Vascular Ultrasound 2011 Legislative, Regulatory & Reimbursement Issues Conference (Arlington, VA), November 4, 2011
  • “Health Care Fraud,” 2011 PICPA Health Care Conference (Harrisburg, PA), June 6-8, 2011
  • “False Claims Act,” Health Care Compliance Association Annual Compliance Institute (Orlando, FL), April 10, 2011
  • “The 10 Things You Want to Know About Whistleblower Suits But Were Afraid to Ask,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute “A Day on Health Law” (Philadelphia, PA), October 19, 2010
  • “Whistleblower Policy and Fraud Compliance,” Not-for-Profit Conference, PICPA (Harrisburg, PA), June 14, 2010
  • “Fraud and Compliance Update,” PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Harrisburg, PA), June 9, 2010
  • “False Claims Act Changes in New Healthcare Reform Law,” Strafford Webinar (Philadelphia, PA), June 1, 2010
  • “The 10 Things You Want to Know About Whistleblower Suits But Were Afraid to Ask,” PBI’s 16th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 11-12, 2010
  • “Adverse Event Reporting: Complying with Federal and State Requirements,” NJ Hospital Association HRET Continuing Education Webinar (Philadelphia, PA), December 10, 2009
  • Society of Vascular Ultrasound Legistlative, Regulatory & Reimbursement Conference, (Arlington, VA), November 13, 2009
  • “Federal and State Qui Tam Practice,” Civil Legal Education Committee Seminar to the Montgomery County Bar Association, (Norristown, PA), July 22, 2009
  • “Whistleblowers and Subtle Retribution – Is the concept of whistleblower protection illusory?”, First Annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Counsel program (Washington, DC), May 8, 2009
  • “Apologies and Reporting of Medical Errors”, HCCA’s 13th Annual Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV), April 28, 2009
  • “Qui Tam Litigation,” Civil Legal Education Committee Seminar, (Media, PA), April 15, 2009
  • “Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Healthcare Fraud Prosecution”, BNA Audioconference (Philadelphia, PA), February 18, 2009
  • “Whistleblower Cases Under the Federal False Claims Act”, Allegheny County Bar Association (Pittsburgh, PA), December 4, 2008
  • “How to Conduct an Effective Internal Investigation,” National Fraud and Compliance Forum, American Health Lawyers Association and Health Care Compliance Association (Baltimore, MD), October 2008
  • “Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Healthcare Fraud Prosecution”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, A Day on Health Law (Philadelphia, PA), October 28, 2008
  • “Fleshing Out Your Complaint, Obtaining Evidence: A Case Study”, Eighth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference ( Washington, D.C.), September 8, 2008
  • “Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects, and Adverse Outcomes by Acute Care Hospitals,” 2008 Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association (San Francisco, CA), July 2008
  • “Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects, and Adverse Outcomes by Acute Care Hospitals,” 2008 National Compliance Institute, Health Care Compliance Association (New Orleans, LA), April 2008
  • “Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Healthcare Fraud Prosecution,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 14th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 2008
  • “New Developments in the Use of Expert Witnesses,” PACDL’s For the Experienced: The Ultimate Criminal Law CLE (Philadelphia, PA), November 2007
  • “Federal False Claims Act: Basics and Beyond,” Government Contracts & Litigation Conference, American Conference Institute (Washington, DC), October 2007
  • “How to Conduct an Effective Internal Investigation,” National Fraud and Compliance Forum, American Health Lawyers Association and Health Care Compliance Association (Baltimore, M.D.), September 2007
  • “Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects and Adverse Events,” Health Care Compliance Association’s 11th Annual Compliance Institute (Chicago, IL), April 2007
  • “Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects and Adverse Events,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 13th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 2007
  • “Research Fraud,” Sixth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference (Washington, DC), September 2006
  • “Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects and Adverse Outcomes by Acute Care Hospitals,” American Bar Association Health Care Law Section Teleconference, July 2006
  • “The False Claims Act: The Year in Review,” 12th Annual Health Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 2006

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The lawyers in the national qui tam whistleblower practice of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti have proven, battle tested experience fighting for whistleblowers in federal and state false claims cases. The whistleblower practice group includes five former federal and state prosecutors who have:

  • Recovered over $2 billion for federal and state taxpayers
  • More than 30 years combined experience representing whistleblowers
  • Fought some of the most complex cases brought under federal and state false claims acts
  • Litigated against some of the largest companies in the United States
  • Represented whistleblowers in federal and state courts across the United States

Some of our current whistleblower cases include:

Some of our successful whistleblower cases include: