Cassandra A. LaRussa
Cassandra joined Ropes & Gray in 2015 as an associate in the litigation department. She focuses her practice on government investigations and complex civil litigation. Cassandra represents clients in civil and criminal matters involving the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, FDA regulations, the Controlled Substances Act, and federal securities law. She has experience in all stages of litigation, including motion practice, discovery, depositions, trial, and appeals. During law school, Cassandra was an editor of the Boston University Law Review and interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts in both the civil division and the health care fraud unit.
- Represents life sciences client in federal multidistrict litigation, state court lawsuits, and government investigations.
- Represented global pharmaceutical manufacturer in a non-intervened, civil False Claims Act litigation regarding allegations of off-label promotion and kickbacks, resulting in dismissal in federal district court and affirmance on appeal.
- Defended major life sciences company against multiple class action and individual lawsuits alleging products liability claims and violations of state consumer protection statutes. Helped to achieve complete dismissal of class action claims in federal district court.
- Represented biopharmaceutical company in two securities fraud lawsuits, including on appeal in the First Circuit.
- Achieved a complete victory in two multi-million dollar disputes over local taxes for a multinational energy company in two separate bench trials before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.
- Represented investment firm in an SEC investigation into alleged violations of the Advisers Act.
- Represented a former employee of a technology company under criminal investigation for alleged fraud scheme.
- JD, cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 2015; senior articles editor, Boston University Law Review
- BA (Political Science), summa cum laude, The George Washington University, 2011; Phi Beta Kappa