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Discussing Government Enforcement of CARES Act Programs


Speaker(s): Jennifer Short, Megan M. Jeschke
Recorded on: Aug. 11, 2020
PLI Program #: 306743

Jennifer Short is a partner at KaiserDillon, PLLC, a litigation boutique firm in Washington, DC.  Jennifer has broad experience with government and internal investigations, particularly related to procurement and health care fraud matters. She advises corporate and individual clients on responding to government investigations and how best to manage the risks of civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement, whether through disclosure, negotiation, or litigation. 

Jennifer was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia from 2010-2018.  There, she led teams of inspector general and FBI agents to investigate and prosecute civil False Claims Act allegations.  She frequently collaborated with attorneys from the Civil Frauds division of the Department of Justice and other U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country on investigations of large-scale fraud schemes.  During her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jennifer negotiated False Claims Act recoveries ranging from $1 million in a procurement fraud matter to a $350 million health care fraud settlement.  In 2018, Jennifer tried a False Claims Act case based on the payment of kickbacks to a jury, resulting in a $118 million judgment in the government’s favor.

Before her government service, Jennifer was a partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and White Collar, Corporate Compliance, Government Contracts, and Healthcare Teams. She litigated numerous complex commercial and civil fraud matters, led internal investigations, responded to government investigations, prepared voluntary disclosures, and negotiated settlements on behalf of corporations and C-level executives.

Jennifer earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Duk University. 


Megan Jeschke is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office and a member of the Government Contracts Group and White Collar Defense and Investigations Team.

She focuses her practice on white collar defense of clients primarily in the healthcare and government contracts industries. She represents companies facing criminal, civil, or administrative actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or agency Inspectors General and representation at trial. Ms. Jeschke’s primary focus is on actions arising under the civil and criminal FCA statutes in matters related to procurement fraud, healthcare fraud, public corruption, procurement integrity (e.g., conflicts of interest, kickbacks, bribery or gratuities violations) and whistleblower reprisal. In this regard she has handled dozens of FCA investigations and litigations, including successful argument on novel FCA theories on appeal. She helps clients navigate suspension, debarment and exclusion proceedings, as well as provides advice on self-reporting protocols and mandatory disclosure rules.

Ms. Jeschke is a frequent lecturer on the FCA and best practices in internal investigations. She has assisted teaching the White Collar Investigations, Enforcement and Business Risk Mitigation class at the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition, Ms. Jeschke is a co-editor of the PLI Corporate Compliance Answer Book, and serves as the vice president of the Federal Bar Association's Qui Tam Section.