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Jason P. Mehta

Jason P. Mehta

Partner

Expertise

  • Government Enforcement and Investigations
  • State Attorneys General and Regulators

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Activity

Profile

Jason Mehta is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most experienced and accomplished white-collar defense attorneys. The Wall Street Journal has described Jason as an “attorney who has prosecuted and defended dozens of federal fraud cases.” Drawing on his time at the Department of Justice, as well as years of defense experience, clients call on Jason for their most difficult criminal and civil fraud matters, internal investigations, and bet-the-company litigation.

Jason is a frequent speaker and author on government prosecution, healthcare fraud, FCPA compliance, and anti-money laundering topics. Jason is involved in Florida’s active Indian American community. He is a member of the South Asian Bar Association and a board member of the South Asian Bar Association, Florida Chapter. 

His areas of focus include:

Healthcare and Telemedicine Defense

Jason’s practice has involved extensively representing companies and individuals in the healthcare, telemedicine, and telehealth arenas. As a former federal prosecutor, he focused almost exclusively on healthcare cases — both on the civil (False Claims Act) and criminal sides. He now represents individuals, corporations, and telemedicine providers in significant government investigations throughout the country. Whether it be an administrative action, civil False Claims Act matter, or a criminal healthcare case, Jason is a practical and effective advocate.

In recent years, he has focused extensively on cases involving the defense of telemedicine practices, including CGX/PGX lab testing, urine toxicology testing, and the referral of durable medical equipment (DME).

  • Lead counsel representing nation’s largest telemedicine operator in False Claims Act investigation resulting in a low-dollar settlement with the Department of Justice. The ultimate settlement was a fraction of the government’s opening demand.
  • Counsel in multiple national pharmaceutical False Claims Act cases in Massachusetts, Washington, and Pennsylvania alleging massive kickback schemes related to “white coat marketing” arrangements. Successfully petitioned the Department of Justice to dismiss cases following declination.
  • Lead counsel representing national pharmaceutical manufacturer in criminal investigation into alleged kickbacks and co-payment waivers. Representation resulted in no charges being filed against client.
  • Lead counsel representing multiple clients in cancer/genetic testing industry in criminal proceedings throughout the United States. Among other achievements, representation for some clients has involved successfully convincing the Department of Justice to decline further investigations into reference laboratories and marketing organizations.

Jason is a frequent speaker and author on government prosecution, issues affecting the telemedicine industry, healthcare fraud, FCPA compliance, and anti-money laundering topics. In addition to speaking to defense counsel at national conferences annually, he has also taught a variety of classes to prosecutors and law enforcement agents concerning best practices in conducting law enforcement investigations.

CARES Act Defense

Jason has been at the forefront of advising companies and individuals about the risks associated with the receipt of funds pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. He also leverages his experience as a former prosecutor in defending those faced with inquiries. While more experience is detailed here, some of Jason’s more notable representations include:

  • Served as outside general counsel to large, publicly traded healthcare company and advised on risks associated with potential receipt of hundreds of millions of dollars in CARES Act healthcare provider funds.
  • Advised numerous corporations on risks and best practices in applying for, and utilizing, Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program loans.
  • Lead counsel in representing government contractor in a False Claims Act suit alleging misrepresentations with affiliation status. Representation resulted in declination by the Department of Justice and subsequent dismissal by relator.
  • As a government prosecutor, prosecuted numerous criminal and civil SBA fraud cases, including a nationwide investigation into concerns with affiliation and Buy American Act attestations.

Public Representation and Public Integrity Investigations

In addition to his healthcare background, Jason spends considerable time defending individuals and public entities in public integrity investigations. Of note, Jason has represented public housing authorities in False Claims Act cases, a state political party in a criminal investigation, a district attorney’s office in a suit against the Department of Justice, and several board members in connection with inquiries related to the sale of a public utility company. His experience is detailed here. He understands the nuances of public service and helps clients navigate thorny and sensitive public integrity investigations. 

Sports and Entertainment Defense

Jason also has an extensive sports and entertainment defense practice. He has represented corporate executives of professional sports teams, sports management companies, and individuals associated with professional horse racing. His experience is detailed here. Whether the dispute involves antitrust allegations or allegations of potential criminal wrongdoing, Jason is a trusted adviser to athletes, executives, and entertainers. 

Prior to joining Bradley, Jason served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida. He was recognized in 2017 with the Department of Justice’s Director Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon DOJ employees. 

Jason also worked as an attorney-adviser for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., where he led the department’s responses to various Congressional investigations and represented the department in lawsuits throughout the country.

Apart from his government service, Jason also worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., representing a variety of clients in civil litigation matters, anti-money laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) investigations, government regulatory actions, and other proceedings.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2013
  • Arkansas, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2008

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude, Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2003, with high honors
Areas of Practice

Government Enforcement and Investigations | State Attorneys General and Regulators

Articles

Government Enforcement and Review of Managed Medicare Programs: A Glimpse of Historical Practice and Forthcoming Trends
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

When President Biden announced in December 2020 that he intended to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the appointment raised eyebrows in certain policy circles. Becerra does not fit the typical administrative profile of past HHS heads. In fact, he has no actual experience in health care or public health policy. Rather, his background is primarily rooted in law enforcement...

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