Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Hoey Joins Ropes & Gray

June 1, 2011
CHICAGO (June 1, 2011)—Ropes & Gray announced today that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Hoey has joined the firm as a partner in the government enforcement practice in the Chicago office. Clients defending health care fraud, FCPA, corruption and other government enforcement actions will benefit from her extensive experience as both a defense attorney and a prosecutor in high-profile white collar crime cases.

Ms. Hoey’s tenure as a federal prosecutor gives her a unique perspective on government enforcement actions, an asset in defending clients against white collar criminal allegations. Her work investigating and prosecuting health care fraud and public corruption enabled her to develop a deep understanding of the workings of the federal government agencies involved in such cases, including the FBI, the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

Ms. Hoey will focus on health care clients, including pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers and hospitals. She also will apply her Department of Justice experience to FCPA matters and to providing advice on enforcement issues to a growing number of private equity firms that have invested in the health care industry.

“Laura Hoey brings a depth of experience and a perspective from serving as both a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney that will be immensely valuable to clients faced with high-stakes white collar crime investigations and prosecutions,” said Brien O’Connor, co-leader of Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement practice. “We are delighted she is returning to the firm, where she will be advising our clients on some of their most sensitive and challenging matters.”

Based in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock, Ms. Hoey was a lead prosecutor on several multijurisdictional cases and also argued three cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hoey worked as an associate in Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement practice.

“One of our goals in government enforcement is to help our clients remain compliant or come into compliance with government regulation so they are less likely to face litigation,” Ms. Hoey said. “The firm’s clients will benefit from my experience with the government’s strategies and thinking in enforcement cases.”

As a federal prosecutor, Ms. Hoey was the health care fraud coordinator and helped organize a health care fraud task force of federal and local law enforcement personnel for the state of Arkansas. She was first chair in five trials, winning all five, including United States vs. Kelly Dean Shrum, a health care fraud and misbranding case involving an obstetrician-gynecologist.

In 2008, Ms. Hoey received the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s Integrity Award. She was appointed to the selection committee for a U.S. magistrate judge opening in the Eastern District of Arkansas in 2009 and to the Federal Practice Committee by the chief U.S. District Court judge, Eastern District of Arkansas, in 2011. While practicing at Ropes & Gray in the mid-2000s, Ms. Hoey was founder and co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Subcommittee for the White Collar Crime Committee.

Ms. Hoey is a graduate of Yale Law School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Ropes & Gray is a leading global law firm of more than 1,000 lawyers and professionals in nine offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s government enforcement practice has handled some of the most complicated white collar matters facing its clients, which include financial institutions; national and international investment advisors; defense contractors; pharmaceutical manufacturers; hospitals; physician groups; banks; software companies; other businesses; and individuals.