Melanie G. Wegner
Melanie Wegner is a litigation associate based in Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. Melanie’s practice includes representing clients facing government investigations and False Claims Act lawsuits, conducting internal investigations, and developing and implementing compliance monitoring programs. Her experience includes representation of clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and laboratory testing industries.
During law school, Melanie worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable Carol Ann Dalton of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Additionally, Melanie was a member of the George Washington Law Review, research assistant for Professor Naomi Cahn, and a writing fellow with the George Washington University Law School Writing Center.
- Advising the board members of a medical technology company in connection with several related matters, including civil and criminal investigations by the DOJ and FDA, qui tam (whistleblower) complaints, a class action lawsuit, and multiple shareholder derivative suits.
- Representing a group of surgeons in a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit relating to alleged unlawful billing of services.
- Conducts pre-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for corporate clients.
- Represented a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in an investigation by the Department of Justice concerning alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
- Conducted internal investigation relating to potential Anti-Kickback Statute violations for a multinational pharmaceutical company.
- Conducted internal investigation for American multinational technology company regarding potential FCPA violations.
- Assisted in the representation of a client before the Federal Trade Commission.
- Pro Bono – Obtained asylum for Tajik woman persecuted on account of her non-conformity with prevailing social, political, and religious norms and who feared future persecution on account of her sexual orientation.