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. Most recently in 2013, Gina was selected a Washington, DC Super Lawyer. 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

Community Service

  • First Book-Montgomery County
    • Advisory Board
  • Swarthmore College
    • Alumni Admissions Interviewer

Honoraries

  • Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2013
  • 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]
  • Co-author with John S. Linehan, "The Judge Doth Reject: How to Prepare for Increased Judicial Scrutiny of Corporate Settlement Agreements in Health Care Cases," White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, 2013
  • Presenter, "2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part IV: False Claims Act," American Health Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Presenter, "Compliance 101: Are You Ready for Mandatory Compliance?" DC Health Care Association, 2013
  • Panelist, “The Government's Heightened Scrutiny of Government Contractors Under the False Claims Act,” 7th Annual Women in Construction Conference, 2012
  • Presenter, "Conducting an Internal Investigation: Practicalities, Pitfalls and Productive Outcomes," America's Health Insurance Plans, 2012
  • Co-presenter, "Survival Tactics for General Counsel: Best Practices When the Government is Investigating Your Organization," Webinar, Ober|Kaler, 2012
  • Panelist, “Investigation of a False Claims Act Case,” 8th Annual Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Conference, American Bar Association, 2010
  • Presenter, “How to Investigate a Health Care Fraud Case,” U.S. Attorney’s Office – MD, 2010
  • Presenter, “Mortgage Fraud in Maryland,” Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control Mortgage Fraud Summit, 2009
  • Panelist, “Hot Issues in AML Law Enforcement and Fraud,” Money Laundering Enforcement Conference, American Bar Association and American Bankers Association, 2009
  • Panelist, “Dos and Don'ts in Investigating and Prosecuting Mortgage Fraud Cases,” Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force, Law Enforcement Training, 2009
  • Presenter, “United States v. Michael K. Lewis, et. al,” Bank Fraud and Mortgage Fraud Working Groups’ Meetings, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 2009
  • Faculty Member, “Hit the Ground Running: Practical Skills You Need to Succeed,” Women’s Bar Association, 2009
  • Panelist, “Negotiating the Resolution of Healthcare Fraud Allegations,” Fraud and Compliance Forum, American Health Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Panelist, “Investigation of a False Claims Act Case, 7th Annual Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Conference, American Bar Association, 2008
  • Panelist, “Joint and Parallel Prosecutions,” Medicaid Integrity Program Training Conference, 2007