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Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act 2012: What You Need to Know

 
Author(s): Kristina S. Azlin, Vince Farhat
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Health Care, Litigation
Published: Nov 2012
ISBN: 9781402418914
PLI Item #: 43718
CHB Spine #: B1988

Kristina S. Azlin is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Holland & Knight and is a member of the West Coast Litigation Group. Ms. Azlin has extensive federal and state litigation experience and has represented clients in a wide array of complex civil matters, including class action defense, contract disputes, intellectual property infringement, business fraud and product liability actions. She also has significant experience defending actions involving the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), as well as state versions of the FCA.

Ms. Azlin is experienced in all phases of state and federal litigation practice, including interviewing witnesses and conducting investigations, taking and defending depositions, locating and working with expert witnesses, preparing and responding to complex written discovery, examining and crossexamining lay and expert witnesses during trial, and extensive pretrial and post trial law and motion practice. She has assisted in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in securing favorable results.

Education

  • The California State University, Bakersfield, B.A., Economics with a concentration in Environmental Studies
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D.
  • The California State University, Bakersfield, B.A., Economics with a concentration in Environmental Studies


Vince Farhat is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the West Coast Litigation Group, Compliance Services Team and Healthcare & Life Sciences Team. Mr. Farhat has extensive jury trial experience and focuses his practice on representing companies in criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions by government enforcement agencies, as well as healthcare enforcement matters and complex federal litigation. He also advises companies in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Farhat served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. In that position, he investigated and prosecuted white collar crimes, with an emphasis on healthcare fraud. While in Major Frauds, Mr. Farhat served as the criminal healthcare fraud coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and oversaw the investigative activities of the U.S. Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force for the Central District. He regularly worked with civil fraud attorneys and other prosecuting agencies in parallel fraud investigations. Mr. Farhat’s criminal trial experience includes cases involving healthcare fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and criminal forfeiture.

Before becoming a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Farhat was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he represented the United States in commercial litigation and other civil cases. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Farhat served as a law clerk to The Honorable Edward Rafeedie, U.S. district court judge for the Central District of California.

 

Mr. Farhat works as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches white collar and healthcare law. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a commercial real estate broker and property manager.

 Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.

American University, B.A., International Studies Pepperdine University, MBA


Bar Admissions

California

 
Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado