Emma Notis-McConarty is a member of Ropes & Gray’s litigation & enforcement group. She represents clients across the health care and life sciences industry, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, electronic health record companies, research institutions, and their executives, in internal and government investigations and civil litigation. Emma’s experience includes matters involving alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the False Claims Act (FCA), matters related to privacy and cybersecurity laws, and contract disputes. Emma also advises clients on compliance matters and risk mitigation in the digital health space.

Emma maintains an active pro bono practice, representing victims of sex trafficking and working to ensure that all United States residents have the rights and benefits they are entitled to by law.

Prior to joining the firm, Emma clerked for the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa in the Southern District of New York. During law school, Emma supported the legal team representing the DeBoer plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges.


  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in connection with a Department of Justice investigation concerning alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Represented a digital health company in a multiyear, wide-ranging investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont into alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Represented a digital health company in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act.
  • Representing a multi-national pharmaceutical company in a breach of contract action arising out of ANDA litigation.
  • Egenera v. Cisco (D. Mass. 2022): Represented Egenera at trial in an action for infringement of a patent directed to a reconfigurable virtual processing network.
  • Conducted independent investigation into the abuse of athletes at national and Olympic sports organizations.
  • Represented investment firm in connection with SEC investigation into alleged insider trading.
  • Represented an independent biomedical research institution in a breach of contract dispute.
  • Represented prominent manufacturer and its officers and directors in successfully resolving numerous state and federal securities actions following a stock drop.
  • Representing young women who were trafficked on Backpage.com in their efforts to hold the website accountable for their harm.
  • Drafted amicus brief at the Supreme Court regarding due process violations.
  • Represented individual criminal defendant indicted for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
  • Briefed cutting-edge privacy law issues on invitation of the First Circuit.
  • Represented clients in multiple successful Massachusetts probate court cases.

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