Fighting Fraud.
Making a Difference.

Fighting Fraud.
Making a Difference.

Your Partner in Exposing Fraud
Against the Government.

Your Partner in Exposing Fraud
Against the Government.

Heidi A. Wendel is a skilled litigator with over 25 years of experience, who specializes in representing whistleblowers in cases exposing fraud against the government.

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Heidi A. Wendel

Attorney At Law
Heidi Wendel is a skilled litigator with 25 years of experience, who specializes in representing whistleblowers in cases brought under federal and state statutes, as well as common law, seeking treble damages and penalties for fraud perpetrated against the government. She has extensive experience with fraud cases, including the following:
  • Chief, Civil Frauds, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
  • Deputy Attorney General and Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, New York Attorney General’s Office
  • Partner, Jones Day, Health Care Practice Group
From 2010 through 2013, Heidi was the Chief of the Civil Frauds Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, where she supervised healthcare and financial fraud matters in the Civil Division, including investigations, litigation and settlements. She also had primary responsibility for major cases, which she personally investigated and litigated, in both the healthcare and financial fraud areas. Among cases she investigated and brought was a case against Novartis Pharmaceuticals, alleging that the company conducted a massive fraud in its promotional speaker programs related to cardiovascular drugs. While Heidi was Chief, the Civil Frauds Unit achieved record recoveries, as well as bringing numerous cases based on cutting-edge legal theories.

Prior to her service with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Heidi was director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Deputy Attorney General at the New York Attorney General’s Office, supervising a staff of 340, including attorneys, auditors, and investigators, in seven regional offices around the state, overseeing a docket of hundreds of civil and criminal cases.  In this position, she led the bureau to achieve record civil recoveries and criminal convictions.  Under Heidi’s leadership, the unit was selected as the nation’s best, for the first time in its history, by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, based on the size of its recoveries.

In addition to serving as Director of the MFCU, Heidi was also elected Vice President of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, an organization that recovers many millions of dollars yearly for the Medicaid program.

Heidi served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney during her term as the Chief of Civil Frauds, as well as previously from 1997-2000 and 2003-2007.  Between 2005 and 2007, she also served as Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, responsible for assisting with supervision of the healthcare docket.

In addition, between 2013 and January 2017, Heidi was a partner at Jones Day in the Health Care Practice Group.

Among cases Heidi supervised and/or personally handled and investigated are the following:

  • Major cases and investigations against pharmaceutical companies for alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute; off-label marketing; common law fraud. These included cases involving kickbacks to specialty pharmacies, promotional speaker program fraud and violations of corporate integrity agreements.
  • Major cases and investigations against hospitals and other healthcare providers for violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and other federal statutes and common law.
  • Major mortgage fraud and other financial fraud litigations and investigations against banks and other financial institutions.
  • Major cases against companies engaged in education fraud; construction fraud, including disadvantaged business enterprise fraud; and fraud involving various government grant programs.

Heidi has extensive courtroom experience, including trials, evidentiary hearings, and numerous arguments in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

EDUCATION:

COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL, New York, New York, J.D. 1991

  • Columbia Law Review, Senior Editor 1989-1990
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • James A. Elkins Prize in Civil Procedure

 

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

  • B.A. Degree in Economics with Distinction 1986, Phi Beta Kappa

CLERKSHIP:

Law Clerk to Honorable Milton Pollack, United States District Court, Southern District of New York

AWARDS:

Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney

Award for Excellence, President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency

BAR ADMISSIONS:

New York State

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court. Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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