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The Risk of False Claims Act Liability for Recipients of COVID-19 Funding


Speaker(s): Bill Morrison, Sean McKenna, Taryn McDonald
Recorded on: Sep. 29, 2020
PLI Program #: 309794

Bill Morrison is a healthcare attorney with extensive experience defending corporations and executives in complex healthcare matters. Bill has represented national healthcare providers in connection with federal grand jury subpoenas and with Civil Investigative Demands regarding potential False Claims Act violations.

Most recently, Bill served as the vice president and assistant general counsel at Tenet Healthcare Corporation where he was responsible for the regulatory group, civil and criminal government investigations and litigation, False Claims Act litigation, complex litigation, cyber incident response, and malpractice litigation. 


Sean is a Partner in  Spencer Fane, LLP’s Healthcare Group and based in the firm’s Dallas office.  For the last 21 years Sean has investigated, defended, and resolved hundreds of civil FCA, criminal, and administrative healthcare fraud investigations, matters and cases against all manner of companies, executives, clinicians, providers, and manufacturers.  He is a nationally recognized healthcare attorney and offers clients decades of litigation and enforcement experience, most of which was honed during his 10-years as an Assistant United States Attorney and 5-years as attorneys with HHS’s Office of Inspector General and Office of General Counsel.  Sean also has extensive experience assisting clients with internal investigations, compliance reviews, payor audits, as well as advising companies on compliance with state and federal fraud and abuse rules.  He is a frequent invited speaker at national, regional, and local conferences.


Taryn McDonald’s practice focuses on assisting both individuals and corporations facing actual or threatened government enforcement actions. She has represented clients under criminal or civil investigation by various government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She also has experience helping clients navigate complex fraud and abuse laws, including the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law.

Taryn’s practice also includes defending healthcare clients in False Claims Act qui tam litigation and representing providers before Medicare and Medicaid contractors.

Taryn is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the DFW Chapter of Women in White Collar Defense. Before law school, Taryn worked for both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.