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Pam Johnston is a Los Angeles health care lawyer who defends companies and individuals in investigations and cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA), health care fraud, complex criminal laws, and SEC securities issues. Pam is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried more than 30 cases in federal and state courts and has written more than 60 federal appellate briefs. Pam honed her trial skills during her 14 years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in Los Angeles, ending her tenure in government as a Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section. She began that tenure as a civil AUSA prosecuting False Claims Act, FIRREA, and forfeiture cases. Pam is also well-known as a Los Angeles insider-trading lawyer.
According to Chambers USA, clients and market sources describe Pam as a “‘really fine lawyer’ who particularly stands out for her ‘tremendous insight’ into the strategies of government agencies.” They also say she is "very strong and very effective," “extremely knowledgeable and experienced,” and has “impeccable judgment.”
Pam has “strong litigation credentials and expertise” in “False Claims Act” cases and a “range of white-collar criminal matters, including securities enforcement.” A client noted, “I was very pleased with her availability to promptly get back to me anytime, day or night,” adding, “She has great judgment and is tough when she needs to be.” Clients hire Foley in California for its deep “FCPA practice.”
Clients facing government investigations turn to Pam for her judgment -- informed by her extensive trial experience, successful handling of various types of fraud and corruption investigations, depth in the area of parallel FCA investigations, understanding of the federal criminal system and ability to navigate effectively that system on behalf of her clients and for her ability to defend effectively in Court when required.
University of California Berkeley School of Law (JD) Order of the Coif (top 10%) Executive Editor and founding member, Berkeley Technology Law Journal University of California at Davis (BS), Botany and English
California U.S. Appellate Courts: Second, Ninth and Eleventh U.S. District Courts: C.D. of Cal., S.D. of Cal., and N.D. of Cal.
Selected Publications and Presentations Pam writes and speaks on government issues relevant to the health care industry:
Panelist, “A Kickback Discussion on Civil and Criminal Trends in Health Care,” ABA White Collar Committee (June 25, 2019). “Ambulance Suppliers: CMS Launches ET3 - A New Triage Model for EMS,” Health Care Law Today, Foley Blog (February 27, 2019). “A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments,” Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News: Whistleblower Developments (2014 - 2019). Capabilities
INDUSTRY TEAMS Sports & Entertainment Health Care Health Care Litigation
PRACTICE AREAS Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Government Solutions Litigation Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action Group Securities Enforcement & Litigation Privacy, Security & Information Management False Claims Act Financial Institutions State Attorneys General Insights
PUBLICATIONS The Ninth Circuit Expected to Rule that Doctors Can Be Wrong in the Winter v. Gardens False Claims Act Case 18 SEPTEMBER 2019 LEGAL NEWS: GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT DEFENSE & INVESTIGATIONS A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments 19 JULY 2019 LEGAL NEWS: WHISTLEBLOWER DEVELOPMENTS Supreme Court Maximizes Statute of Limitations for Relators Suing Under the False Claims Act 31 MAY 2019 HEALTH CARE LAW TODAY Post-Granston Memo, DOJ Can Use Its Dismissal Authority, but Not Without Limits 16 MAY 2019 LEGAL NEWS: GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT DEFENSE & INVESTIGATIONS New DOJ Guidance on Cooperation in False Claims Act Cases 15 MAY 2019 HEALTH CARE LAW TODAY Health Care Company Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Find False Claims Act Unconstitutional 09 MAY 2019 LEGAL NEWS: GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT DEFENSE & INVESTIGATIONS Ambulance Suppliers: CMS Is Not Planning to Issue Fraud Waivers for ET3 02 MAY 2019 HEALTH CARE LAW TODAY A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments 15 APRIL 2019 LEGAL NEWS: WHISTLEBLOWER DEVELOPMENTS