James W. Kraus

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Kraus James W.
Practice Areas

Pennsylvania
West Virginia
Ohio
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court – Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court – Southern District of West Virginia

J.D., Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University

B.A., Washington and Jefferson College

Speaking Engagements

JAMES W. KRAUS has spent over 20 years focusing on white collar criminal defense, government enforcement, internal investigations, health care litigation and commercial litigation. Mr. Kraus has extensive trial experience in a wide variety of complex matters, including health care litigation, securities matters, preliminary injunction proceedings, and criminal trials in both state and federal court. He has also handled environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Kraus served as a JAG criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division. This experience brings his clients an unrivaled practical hands-on approach and trial experience from a much earlier age than his counterparts.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Kraus has represented clients in response to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies. He also has substantial experience in representing clients before both state and federal grand juries.

In 2021, Mr. Kraus was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Since 2012, his peers have repeatedly recognized him as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America in three separate practice areas: Healthcare Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. He is Past Chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee (GECC).

In addition to serving as a JAG criminal prosecutor, Mr. Kraus also served as environmental litigation counsel for the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C., working with the Department of Justice as Agency counsel in litigation matters defending environmental lawsuits and regulatory actions.

Mr. Kraus is an active member of his local community where he serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Non-Profit Resources. He previously served as an elected city council member for the City of Butler where he was the Director of Public Safety.

Mr. Kraus also previously served as an adjunct professor in Carlow University’s Forensic Accounting program and as a guest lecturer in Carlow’s Fraud and Forensics Master’s Degree program. This included consultation in curriculum development and lectures on various subjects relating to criminal and civil fraud litigation.

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Speaking Engagements

“False Claims Act / Healthcare Fraud: Recent Developments and Likely Trends,” Defense Research Institute Business Litigation Super Conference (Austin, TX), May 2019

Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance,” Defense Research Institute (Washington, D.C.), July 2014

“Rules and Regulations Regarding the Performance of Off-Label Procedures,” Innovative Treatment Options for Chronic Pain Symposium (Pittsburgh, PA), March 2014

Training for Day-to-Day Success and Game-Planning for Crisis Response,” Defense Research Institute (Washington, D.C.), June 2013

“Legal Review of Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Laws,”  Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Hands-On Pain Management Conference (Pavilion X, Pittsburgh, PA), March 2013

“Changes in the Plea Process,” National Symposium:  Plea Bargaining After Lafler and Frye (Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA), March 2013

“Reflecting on Whitewater, Lessons in the Art of Negotiating Proffer Agreements Through the Prism of a Presidential Crisis,”  Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers White Collar Practice Seminar (Philadelphia, PA), November 2012

“SOX to Dodd Frank, 10 years of Increased Government Enforcement,” The Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee CLE (New Orleans, LA), October 2012

Allegheny County Bar Association’s 50th Anniversary Bench-Bar Conference Moderator (Seven Springs, PA), June 15, 2012

“Key Steps in Initiating a Fraud Investigation,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), April 2012

“Gathering, Storing, and Preserving Evidence,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), April 2012

“Conducting the Witness Interview,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), April 2012

“Factors and Considerations in Fraud Prosecutions,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), April 2012

“Preparing the Report of Investigation,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), April 2012

“Offers and Proffers – Reflecting on Clinton, Starr and the People of Whitewater: Cooperating Witnesses and Defendants,” The Mid-Atlantic Region Subcommittee of the ABA’s White Collar Crime Committee CLE Program (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2011

“Sarbanes Oxley: Key Features, Business Environment Precursors, and Legacy,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2011

“Criminal and Civil Fraud: Comparison and Contrast,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2011

“Motions Practice: The Shaping of a Fraud Case,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2011

“ADR and the Fraud Case,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2011

“Effective Use of Expert Witnesses,” Carlow University, Fraud and Forensics Masters Program, Guest Lecturer (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2011

“Trends in Criminal and Civil Sanctions Under the False Claims Act,” The Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee CLE (Washington, DC), October 2011

“Environmental Compliance and Criminal Enforcement,” The Mid-Atlantic Region Subcommittee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee CLE Program (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2010

“Responding to Government Investigations,” Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Pittsburgh, PA), December 2010

“Document Retention and Destruction,” Lorman Education Services (Pittsburgh, PA), September 2009

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