Gina L. Simms - Health Lawyer at Ober|Kaler (Washington DC)

Gina L. Simms

Principal
glsimms@ober.com
202.326.5030
202.336.5230 fax

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1992)
    The West Publishing Award - Consumer Mediation Law
  • Swarthmore College (B.A., 1987)

Languages

  • Spanish

Gina L. Simms

Experience

Gina L. Simms, a former federal prosecutor both in the District of Columbia and Maryland, is a principal in Ober|Kaler's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group. With more than eighteen years of trial and investigation experience in complex white collar and other criminal matters, Gina understands the investigative strategies and expectations of prosecutors and governmental enforcement authorities, and has first-hand knowledge of the tools that they use to indict and convict. Her experience includes health care fraud, financial fraud, tax fraud, government contract fraud, computer crime, bribery/gratuities, narcotics and firearms conspiracies, and environmental enforcement.

At Ober|Kaler, Gina focuses her practice on defending health care providers, as well as corporations, organizations and individuals in connection with government investigations and enforcement actions related to potential violations of federal and state civil and criminal statutes. She has extensive experience in conducting complex investigations, routinely counseling clients on how to respond to search warrants, OIG and grand jury subpoenas, and civil and administrative investigative demands. She has conducted several in-depth internal investigations and provided advice to clients on how to disclose related findings to the government. Gina assists clients with grand jury witness interviews and OIG investigations. In addition, she provides guidance to corporations and organizations that are required to develop corporate compliance programs.

During the course of her career, Gina received many commendations for her investigative and trial work. She was selected a Washington, DC Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has lectured and published articles on issues related to white collar crime, health care fraud, the False Claims Act, and corporate compliance.

Professional Memberships

Honoraries

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White Collar Category (Woodward/White), 2015-2017
  • Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
  • Recipient, Outstanding Speaker Award, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, 2015
  • Commendation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, United States v. Lester Fletcher, el. al, September 2007
  • Commendation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, United States v. John Williams, 2004
  • Commendation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States v. Calvin McCants, 2004

Professional Background

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland (1999-2011)
    • Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator (2001-2010)
  • Detailed to the Department of Interior as an Investigative Counsel in the Investigations and Review Unit of the then-existing Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Investigated wrongdoing by oil and gas companies in the outer continental shelf (2010-2011)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia ( 1994-1998)
    • Served as Associate Independent Counsel, Office of the Independent Counsel Part of the team that investigated a former Secretary of Labor for campaign finance-related violations (1998-1999)
Publications & Presentations [View All]
  • Presenter, "Lifting the Veil: Handling Grand Jury Subpoenas and Proffers," Annual White Collar Seminar - Defending the White Collar Case: In & Out of Court, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Presenter, "Effective Responses to Multi-Agency Investigations and Enforcement Actions," Annual Meeting and Expo, LeadingAge, 2016
  • Presenter, "Don't Let the Government 'Take Down' Your Lab: Understanding and Responding to the Current Enforcement Environment," G2 National Intelligence Report, 2015
  • Presenter, "Reexamining the Grand Jury: Prosecutors, Police and Race, Panel I: Due Process & the Grand Jury: Protecting Targets and Witnesses," Legal and Policy Webinar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015