Pamela Coyle Brecht is a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. Ms. Brecht serves as Chair of the firm’s Qui Tam/False Claims Act Practice Group. She also has significant experience in white collar criminal litigation, complex health care litigation and employment law.
She litigates or has litigated some of the most complex False Claims Act cases filed in the United States. Her cases have included fraud by a large multi-state Medicaid managed care contractor, FCA violations by three of the largest hospital corporations in the country, and complex financial relationships among healthcare providers including Stark and Anti-Kickback issues. She has also litigated cases involving hospital fraud, emergency room fraud, medical device allegations, Medicare Part C and Part D fraud, government contractor fraud, laboratory fraud, as well as all types of pharmaceutical fraud.
Ms. Brecht is a 1988 graduate of Villanova University and a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. While attending Temple University School of Law, Ms. Brecht served as a member of the Temple Law Review, was on the Dean’s List, and received honors for Distinguished Class Performance. Martindale-Hubbell® recognizes Ms. Brecht as an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer in both legal ability and ethical standards. Ms. Brecht can also be found in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in Qui Tam Law. In 2019, the Philadelphia Business Journal selected Ms. Brecht in their “Best of the Bar” Awards for her distinguished legal performance in the field of “White-Collar Defense Litigation.”
Ms. Brecht is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section, the Federal Criminal Law Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Brehon Law Society. She is a member of the Executive Board for the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Section.
Ms. Brecht frequently speaks, writes blogs, and lectures on qui tam litigation, False Claim litigation and health care compliance issues. Some of her representative articles include: The Tar Heel State Steps Up Its Fight Against Fraud; The Tar Heel State Steps Up Its Fight Against Fraud – Part II; The Minnesota False Claims Act: Is It Minnesota Nice?; The Employment Protection and Anti-Discrimination Provisions of the New Jersey State False Claims Act; The ‘New’ New Jersey False Claims Act: It Was Born to Run.
Ms. Brecht has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Hamline School of Law, St. Paul MN, where she co-lectured on health care fraud and the False Claims Act. She is admitted to practice in all state courts within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.