Kirsten Mayer


  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1998; Article Editor, Harvard International Law Journal
  • M Phil (Philosophy), Columbia University, 1995
  • MA (Philosophy), Columbia University, 1994
  • BA, magna cum laude , with Distinction in Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1991; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, NE Regional Subcommittee for the White Collar Crime Committee 
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Faculty, NITA Trial Advocacy Program, New England Regional Session (2007-2015)
  • Faculty, NITA Deposition Program, New England Regional (2006-2015)
  • Faculty, NITA Trial Advocacy Program, National Session (2011)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2005 - 2007)

Kirsten Mayer


Kirsten Mayer advises industry-leading health care and life science companies in criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters and in related complex civil litigation, including civil False Claims Act litigation. Drawing on her extensive experience defending corporations and individuals in a wide range of matters, Kirsten has helped clients win or favorably resolve cases involving both federal and state enforcement agencies, and private plaintiffs.

In addition to defending clients in litigation, Kirsten advises clients with respect to fraud and abuse and compliance in several contexts, including Corporate Integrity Agreement implementation, internal investigations, and strategic transactions in the health care industry.

Kirsten is a frequent speaker on health care compliance and fraud and abuse enforcement, and has been a faculty member for National Institute of Trial Advocacy programs since 2005.



  • Represents major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in wide-ranging criminal and civil investigations into potential off-label marketing, kickbacks and price reporting violations.
  • Represents major medical device company in investigation of potential cGMP and QSR violations.
  • Defended a major PBM in False Claims Act litigation, obtaining dismissal of complaint.
  • Defends major pharmaceutical companies in False Claims Act and consumer protection litigation related to price reporting.
  • Defends major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in False Claims Act litigation involving alleged kickbacks, off-label marketing and manufacturing violations.
  • Represented major medical device supplier in internal investigation relating to Medicare billing requirements and adequacy of compliance controls.
  • Represented major international pharmaceutical company in a DOJ investigation and False Claims Act litigation, successfully obtaining a decision by DOJ not to intervene and the subsequent dismissal of the relator’s complaint.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical company in DOJ investigation and represents client in subsequent False Claims Act litigation involving anti-kickback and off-label marketing theories. Successfully achieved decision by DOJ not to intervene.
  • Defended for profit and not-for profit hospitals in False Claims Act litigation, obtaining dismissal of complaints on statute of limitations and Rule 9(b) grounds.
  • Represents academic medical center in threatened state court litigation regarding issues related to research ethics and publication. 
  • Represents federal contractor in civil False Claims Act litigation challenging cost accounting under federal contracts and other issues, including retaliation claim by whistleblower.
  • Represents hospital system in False Claims Act driven DOJ investigation involving Stark, anti-kickback and medical necessity issues.
  • Represents academic medical center in NIH investigation relating to cost and effort reporting under Federal grants.
  • Advising university in dispute with private company involving issues related to human subjects research protections, research integrity, defamation, and the First Amendment.


  • Negotiates CIAs in connection with global resolutions of significant investigations.
  • Advises clients operating under a CIA on CIA implementation and self-disclosure obligations.

Supreme Court & Appellate

  • King vs Burwell (U.S. Supreme Court) - lead counsel for Lambda Legal in amicus brief supporting the United States on the issue of whether the ACA grants Federal tax subsidies to individuals purchasing insurance through federally facilitated exchanges.
  • Commonwealth vs Brewer (Mass. SJC) - lead counsel for Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in amicus brief addressing the authority of the courts in the Commonwealth to grant defense witness immunity at trial over the objection of the prosecution.
  • Lead counsel for the ACLU of Massachusetts as amicus in the Massachusetts SJC on certain matters involving technology and privacy in criminal prosecutions, including Commonwealth v. Arzola (warrantless DNA testing) and Commonwealth v. Walters (prosecution for threat made on Facebook)
  • Co-lead counsel for major biotech company in First Circuit appeal involving the legal standard for anti-kickback based FCA claims.
  • Co-lead counsel for leading PBM in Third Circuit appeal involving the legal standard for implied certification based FCA claims.


White Collar Defense

  • Quoted, “Whistle-blower in $320 million SCAN case not entitled to cash,” Modern Healthcare (August 31, 2015)
  • Co-Author, “U.S. Anti-corruption Enforcement Priorities: Three Key Risk Areas for 2015,” Corporate Disputes (April 2015)
  • Co-Author, “Minimising Corruption Risks in African Investment Opportunities,” Financier Worldwide (July 2014)
  • Co-Author, “You’re Not Done Yet – How Judicial Intervention is Reshaping the Corporate Settlement Landscape,” American Bar Association’s 28th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (March 2014)
  • Whistleblowing Lessons,” The Dodd-Frank Watch Blog, (June 16, 2011)
  • Co-Author, “FDA Offers Incomplete Guidance on Park Prosecutions,” BNA Inc. Pharmaceutical Law and Industry Report (March 2011) and BNA Inc. Medical Devices Law & Industry Report (March 2011)
  • “Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver: Charging Corporations Under the McNulty Memorandum,” Privacy & Data Security Law Journal (April 2007) 

False Claims Act

  • Co-author, “Big False Claims Act year in 9th Circuit,” The San Francisco Daily Journal (August 10, 2015)
  • Quoted, “Justices Hand Partial Victory to Contractors For U.S. Government; U.S. Supreme Court,”The New York Law Journal (May 28, 2015)
  • Quoted, “Justices Give Companies Partial Win in Whistleblower Suits,” The National Law Journal (May 27, 2015)
  • Quoted, “5 FCA Takeaways from High Court’s KBR Ruling,” Law360 (May 26, 2015)
  • Co-author, “9th Circuit had another big False Claims Act year,” The San Francisco Daily Journal (January 15, 2015)
  • Quoted, “Supreme Court hears case with potential to spur more fraud suits,” Modern Healthcare (January 13, 2015)
  • Co-author, “Justices Address Boundaries of 2 FCA Defenses in KBR Case,” Law360 (January 13, 2015)
  • Quoted, “High Court KBR Fight Could Lead to Endless FCA Litigation,” Law360 (January 12, 2015)
  • Quoted, “Were Patients Really Sicker?,” Modern Healthcare (November 22, 2014 (online); November 24, 2014 (print))
  • Co-author, “False Claims Act Enforcement of Customs Duties – Emerging Trends,” Bloomberg BNA International Trade Reporter, (October, 2014)
  • “The False Claims Act: Practical Tips for Responding to a FCA-Driven Investigation and the Impact of Recent Developments in the Law,” Litigation Strategies for Government Contracts: Leading Lawyers on Understanding the False Claims Act, Filing Bid Protests, and Working with Government Agencies, Inside the Minds series, Kirsten Mayer (November 2013)
  • Court Affirms Judicial Authority to Limit Discovery in False Claims Suits,” Kirsten V. Mayer, Thomas Sutcliffe and Zachary Golden, Counsel’s Advisory (August 23, 2013)
  • US V. Takeda Will Be Useful In Off-Label Promotion Cases,” Kirsten Mayer, Doug Hallward-Driemeier, Thomas Sutcliffe, and Kathryn Wilhelm, Law360 (January 25, 2013)
  • "FCA's First-To-File Rule — Mass. Weighs In," Kirsten Mayer, Jacob Scott and Katy Wilhelm, Law360 (July 16, 2012)
  • "Case Study: Davis v. District Of Columbia," Kirsten Mayer and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, Law360 (June 11, 2012)
  • Actual Loss After SAIC: A Return to Basics,” American Bar Association’s 21st Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Kirsten V. Mayer, Lara A. Oravec, and Kevin P. Daly (May 2011)
  • "State False Claims Laws and Compliance with the DRA: What is Required After FERA and PPACA?" American Bar Association's Eighth Annual National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, Kirsten V. Mayer, John J. Reynolds III, Joshua Cippel (May 2010)


Health Care


  • “Economic Crime,” American Bar Association Event (September 2015)
  • Health Care Fraud 2015: New Approaches and New Developments, Boston Bar Association (May 2015)
  • cGMPs: Drugs and Biologics (current Good Manufacturing Practices), ACI FDA Boot Camp (2014-2015)
  • Criminal Law 2014, Corporate LiveWire Virtual Roundtable (July 2014)
  • Recent Developments on Liability, ABA’s 10th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement (June 2014)
  • Emerging Issues – Liability Under the Park Doctrine – Duties and Pitfalls, Food and Drug Law Institute’s Annual Conference (April 2014) 
  • Compliance Programs and Corporate Monitors—If the Compliance Program fails, a Corporate Monitor May be Necessary, Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch Program (March 2014)
  • Shedding Light on Individual Liability, American Conference Institute’s 14th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance and Enforcement Congress (March 2014)
  • Significant Legal Developments in the Regions – Northeast Panel, 28th National American Bar Association National Institute on White Collar Crime (March 2014)
  • Minimizing FCA Liability Attaching to Price Reporting, American Conference Institute’s Rx Drug Pricing Boot Camp (2013-2014)
  • Emerging Trends in Health Care Fraud Litigation, Suffolk University Law School Advanced Legal Studies Conference (November 2013)
  • Avoiding Anti-Kickback Challenges Related to Pricing and Contracting, American Conference Institute’s Rx Drug Pricing Boot Camp (2011-2013)
  • False Claims Act Developments, American Bar Association’s 21st Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud (May 2011) 
  • Current Controversies in Food and Drug Law: Recent Developments in the Enforcement of Off-label Promotion, Harvard Law School (January 2011) 
  • State Qui Tam Enforcement, American Bar Association's Eighth Annual National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement (May 2010) 
  • Strict Liability Crimes for Managers: Targeting of Responsible Corporate Officers and Strategies to Minimize Exposure, Washington Legal Foundation Web Seminar Series (April 2010) 
  • Off-Label Uses of FDA-Approved Drugs, Northwestern Law Judicial Symposium on the Pharmaceutical Industry: Economics, Regulation, and Legal Issues (May 2009)