Michael A. Morse

Partner

Phone: (215) 988-1427
Fax: (215) 754-5193
E-mail: MAM@Pietragallo.com

MICHAEL A. MORSE is a partner of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, where he serves as Chair of the Qui Tam Practice Group.

Mr. Morse is also a member of the Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar Litigation Group as well as the Health Care and Litigation Practice Groups.

He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office from 1997-2000. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Morse handled hundreds of felony cases, and briefed and argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts.

Mr. Morse has developed a nationwide practice representing whistleblowers, under federal and state false claims acts, who report fraud committed against the government by corporations and individuals. He represents whistleblowers from across the United States who have exposed fraud against the federal and state governments in the areas of: pharmaceutical sales and marketing; health care; defense contracting; finance; construction; research; and government procurement.

Mr. Morse was counsel for the lead whistleblowers in a number of the most successful false claims cases in United States history, including:

  • United States ex rel. Michael Epp v. Supreme Foodservice  AG, 10-1134 (E.D.Pa.) (resulting in a $389 million civil and criminal recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. Monahan v. St. Barnabas Health System, 02-5702 (D.N.J.) (resulting in a $265 Million recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. Hunt and Gauger v. Medco Health Solutions, 00-737 (E.D.Pa.) (resulting in a $185 Million recovery for federal and state taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. Mason v. Community Health Systems, Inc. et al., No. 12-817 (W.D.N.C.) (resulting in a $98 million recovery for federal and state taxpayers) 
  • United States ex rel. Novick v. Doshi Diagnostics, 09-4992 (D.N.J.) (resulting in a $15.5 Million for federal and state taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. DePace v. Cooper Health System, 08-5626 (D.N.J.) (resulting in a $12.6 Million recovery for federal taxpayers)
  • United States ex rel. DiMezza v. Boeing Corp., 10-634 (E.D.Pa) (resulting in a $4.4 Million recovery for federal tax payers)
  • United States & State of Texas ex rel. Hudnall v. Rescare, 3:01cv1154-H (N.D.Tex.) (resulting in a $2.15 Million recovery for federal and Texas taxpayers)

Mr. Morse also defends corporations, executives, public officials, hospitals, device manufacturers, and health care providers in criminal and civil fraud matters in federal and state courts across the U.S. He defended a physician charged with 82 counts of health care fraud, who was acquitted of all charges following a three-week jury trial in federal court.

Mr. Morse advises hospitals, health systems, medical schools, physicians, health care practices, device manufacturers and executives of pharmaceutical companies throughout the U.S. in contracting, compliance, regulatory, antitrust and fraud and abuse matters. He regularly conducts internal fraud and compliance investigations for private and publicly-traded corporations. Mr. Morse also speaks regularly to audiences across the country on fraud, abuse and compliance matters.

Mr. Morse has represented clients in a wide-variety of complex litigation matters, including: protecting a publicly traded company against the misappropriation of its trade secrets; defending a large semi-conductor manufacturer against allegations of patent infringement; defending public and private employers in state and federal courts against allegations of wrongful termination and discrimination; defending a former executive against allegations of securities fraud involving a multi-billion dollar international finance company; and defending a large municipality against allegations of civil rights violations.  

Mr. Morse is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New York and Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Federal Courts Committee. He also has served as a member of the editorial board of the American Bar Association's Criminal Litigation newsletter, and a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association's Mid-Atlantic White Collar Crime Committee.

Mr. Morse has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. Previously, he was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2005 through 2008 and 2010 through 2012 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. He has also been selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a Lawyer on the Fast Track for 2010.

Speaking Engagements

"False Claims Act Update," Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ White Collar Crime Seminar (Philadelphia, PA), November 11, 2016

"Recent Trends and Developments in the False Claims Act," University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pittsburgh, PA), October 25, 2016

"False Claims Act Developments," Healthcare Compliance Association's 20th Annual Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV), April 17, 2016

"Complexities of Parallel Proceeding Under the False Claims Act," ABA Section of Litigation Healthcare Los Angeles Regional Conference (Los Angeles, CA), November 3, 2015

"Qui Tam Litigation, A Practitioner's Symposium: Recent Trends and Development in the Law," American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the White Collar Crime Southeast Region Subcommittee (Charlotte, NC), September 25, 2015

"False Claims Act Litigation," Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), April 29, 2015

"False Claims Act Developments," HCCA 2015 Compliance Institute (Orlando, FL), April 19, 2015

"Whistleblower Litigation," Annual Bench-Bar Conference, Philadelphia Bar Association (Philadelphia, PA), October 17-18, 2014

"Anatomy of a False Claims Act Investigation," Florida Hospital Association (Daytona Beach, FL), June 18, 2014

"Managing the Whistleblower Process," PICPA Healthcare Conference (Hershey, PA), June 9-10, 2014

2014 ABA Civil False Claims Act & Qui Tam Enforcement National Institute (Washington, DC), June 4-6, 2014

"False Claims Act Developments," HCCA 2014 Compliance Institute (San Diego, CA), March 30, 2014

"False Claims Act and Qui Tam Litigation," National Business Institute CLE (Philadelphia, PA), November 21, 2013

"Case Study of a Qui Tam Case," University of Michigan School of Law (Ann Arbor, MI), November 6, 2013

"False Claims Act Developments," National Association of Portable X-ray Providers (NAPXP) Annual Convention (Las Vegas, NV), October 1-3, 2013

2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part IV: False Claims Act (Philadelphia, PA), May 8, 2013

ABA Internal Corporate Investigations 2013 Program (Washington, DC), April 24-26, 2013

"Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayments: The 60-day Rule and False Claims Act Liability," PBI's 19th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 12-13, 2013

"Anatomy of a Whistleblower Case," HCCA South Atlantic Regional Annual Conference (Orlando, FL), February 8, 2013

 "False Claims and Overpayment Rule," AHLA's Audits, Self-Disclosures, Recoupment & False Claims Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part II (Philadelphia, PA), December 7, 2012

"Leading Qui Tam Counsel," Thirteenth Annual Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum (Washington, DC), November 6, 2012

"False Claims Act Developments," HCAA 2012 Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV), April 30, 2012

"CMS Seeks to Clarify Sixty-Day Report and Return: Are We There Yet?" AHLA/HCAA Webinar (Philadelphia, PA), April 11, 2012

"Fraud and Abuse Cases in the Vascular Lab," Society for Vascular Ultrasound 2011 Legislative, Regulatory & Reimbursement Issues Conference (Arlington, VA), November 4, 2011

"Health Care Fraud," 2011 PICPA Health Care Conference (Harrisburg, PA), June 6-8, 2011

“False Claims Act,” Health Care Compliance Association Annual Compliance Institute (Orlando, FL), April 10, 2011

“The 10 Things You Want to Know About Whistleblower Suits But Were Afraid to Ask,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute "A Day on Health Law" (Philadelphia, PA), October 19, 2010

"Whistleblower Policy and Fraud Compliance," Not-for-Profit Conference, PICPA (Harrisburg, PA), June 14, 2010

"Fraud and Compliance Update," PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Harrisburg, PA), June 9, 2010

"False Claims Act Changes in New Healthcare Reform Law," Strafford Webinar (Philadelphia, PA), June 1, 2010

"The 10 Things You Want to Know About Whistleblower Suits But Were Afraid to Ask," PBI's 16th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 11-12, 2010

"Adverse Event Reporting: Complying with Federal and State Requirements," NJ Hospital Association HRET Continuing Education Webinar (Philadelphia, PA), December 10, 2009

Society of Vascular Ultrasound Legislative, Regulatory & Reimbursement Conference, (Arlington, VA), November 13, 2009

"Federal and State Qui Tam Practice," Civil Legal Education Committee Seminar to the Montgomery County Bar Association, (Norristown, PA), July 22, 2009

“Whistleblowers and Subtle Retribution - Is the concept of whistleblower protection illusory?”, First Annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Counsel program (Washington, DC), May 8, 2009

“Apologies and Reporting of Medical Errors”, HCCA’s 13th Annual Compliance Institute (Las Vegas, NV), April 28, 2009

"Qui Tam Litigation," Civil Legal Education Committee Seminar, (Media, PA), April 15, 2009

“Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Healthcare Fraud Prosecution”, BNA Audioconference (Philadelphia, PA), February 18, 2009

“Whistleblower Cases Under the Federal False Claims Act”, Allegheny County Bar Association (Pittsburgh, PA), December 4, 2008

"How to Conduct an Effective Internal Investigation," National Fraud and Compliance Forum, American Health Lawyers Association and Health Care Compliance Association (Baltimore, MD), October 2008

“Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Healthcare Fraud Prosecution”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, A Day on Health Law (Philadelphia, PA), October 28, 2008

“Fleshing Out Your Complaint, Obtaining Evidence: A Case Study”, Eighth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference ( Washington, D.C.), September 8, 2008

“Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects, and Adverse Outcomes by Acute Care Hospitals,” 2008 Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association (San Francisco, CA), July 2008

“Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects, and Adverse Outcomes by Acute Care Hospitals,” 2008 National Compliance Institute, Health Care Compliance Association (New Orleans, LA), April 2008

“Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Healthcare Fraud Prosecution,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 14th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 2008

"New Developments in the Use of Expert Witnesses," PACDL's For the Experienced: The Ultimate Criminal Law CLE (Philadelphia, PA), November 2007

"Federal False Claims Act: Basics and Beyond," Government Contracts & Litigation Conference, American Conference Institute (Washington, DC), October 2007

"How to Conduct an Effective Internal Investigation," National Fraud and Compliance Forum, American Health Lawyers Association and Health Care Compliance Association (Baltimore, M.D.), September 2007

"Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects and Adverse Events," Health Care Compliance Association's 11th Annual Compliance Institute (Chicago, IL), April 2007

"Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects and Adverse Events," Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 13th Annual Health Law Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 2007

“Research Fraud,” Sixth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference (Washington, DC), September 2006

"Mandatory Reporting of Medical Errors, Near Misses, Product Defects and Adverse Outcomes by Acute Care Hospitals," American Bar Association Health Care Law Section Teleconference, July 2006

“The False Claims Act: The Year in Review,” 12th Annual Health Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 2006

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EDUCATION

J.D., Emory University School of Law

B.A., University of Michigan

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

United States ex rel. Berman v. Abbot Laboratories, 995 F. Supp. 2d 357 (E.D. Pa. 2014)

United States ex rel. Ross v. Family Dermatology of Pennsylvania, P.C., et al., Case No. 1:11-cv-2413 (N.D. Ga.)

United States ex rel. DePace v. Cooper Health System, No. 08-5626 (JEI/AMD), ---F.Supp.2d---, 2013 WL 1707952 (D.N.J. Apr. 22, 2013)

United States ex rel. Anthony R. Spay v. CVS Caremark Corp., et al., No. 2:09-cv-04672 (E.D. Pa.)

United States ex rel. Vincent A. DiMezza, Jr. v. The Boeing Company, No. 2-10-cv-000634 (E.D. Pa.)

United States ex rel. Nevyas v. Allergan Inc., No. 2:09-cv-00432 (E.D. Pa.)

United States et al. v. Christiana Care Health System et al., Civ. No. 05-344 (D. Del., 2010)

United States ex rel. James Monahan v. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, 2009 WL 1288962 (D.N.J. May 7, 2009), Case No. 02-5702

United States v. Comite, No. 06-70, 2006 WL 3791340 (E.D. Pa., Dec. 21, 2006)

United States v. Comite, No. 06-70, 2006 WL 3360282 (E.D. Pa., Nov. 17, 2006)

Fleet Nat’l Bank v. Boyle, No. Civ. A. 04-1277, 2005 WL 2455673 (E.D. Pa., Sept. 12, 2005)

United States ex rel. Hudnall v. Rescare Inc., No. 3:01CU1154-11 (N.D. Tex., June 14, 2005)

In re DVI, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. Civ. A. 03-5336, 2005 WL 1307959 (E.D. Pa., May 31, 2005)

WM High Yield Fund v. O’Hanlon, No. Civ. A. 04-3423, 2005 WL 1017811 (E.D. Pa., April 29, 2005)

United States ex rel. Hunt v. Merck- Medco Managed Care, LLC, 336 F. Supp. 2d 430 (E.D. Pa., 2004)

United States ex rel. Hunt v. Merck-Medco Managed Care, LLC, 340 F. Supp. 2d 554 (E.D. Pa., 2004)

United States ex rel. Hunt v. Merck-Medco Managed Care, LLC, 223 F.R.D. 330 (E.D. Pa., 2004)

United States v. Dr. Reicherter, 318 F. Supp. 2d 265 (E.D. Pa., 2004)

Agere Sys. v. Atmel Corp., No. Civ. A. 02-864, 2004 WL 945162 (E.D. Pa., April 30, 2004)

United States ex rel. Hunt v. Merck-Medco Managed Care, LLC, No. 00-CV-737, 2004 WL 868271 (E.D. Pa., April 21, 2004)

Krenzel v. Se. Pa. Trans. Auth., 91 F. App’x 199 (3d Cir. 2004)

Krenzel v. Se. Pa. Trans. Auth., 840 A.2d 450 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2003)

Coles v. City of Philadelphia, 145 F. Supp. 2d 646 (E.D. Pa., 2001) aff’d, 38 F. App’x 829 (3d Cir. 2002)

Krenzel v. Se. Pa. Trans. Auth., No. Civ. A. 00-CV-4782, 2001 WL 33626 (E.D. Pa., Jan. 12, 2001)

Krenzel v. Se. Pa. Trans. Auth., No. Civ. A. 00-4782, 2000 WL 1781921 (E.D. Pa., Nov. 27, 2000)

Commonwealth v. Weston, 749 A.2d 458 (Pa. 2000)

Commonwealth v. Johnson, 758 A.2d 1214 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2000)

United States ex rel. Mason v. Community Health Systems, Inc. et al., No. 12-817 (W.D.N.C.)