Jesse A. Witten is a partner in the firm's Litigation Group and is a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations Team. Before joining Drinker Biddle, he served as a Deputy Associate Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice where his duties included co-chairing the DOJ's health care fraud task force. He also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division. He previously was a partner with an international law firm.
Jesse focuses his practice on fraud and abuse matters. He defends health care providers, pharmaceutical manufactures and other health industry clients in government investigations and litigation, especially False Claims Act matters. Jesse also assists clients in internal corporate investigations and self-disclosures to the government of regulatory violations and Medicare/Medicaid overpayment. In addition, he counsels clients on compliance with Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, and laws governing the sale and marketing of medical devices and pharmaceutical products.
Jesse earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his A.B., Phi Beta Kappa in economics from Princeton University. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America. Chambers has described Jesse as “highly praised” for his practice focusing on fraud and abuse and defending government investigations, and as “extremely effective,” “very pragmatic,” “thorough,” and “a very good strategist.” He was also selected as an Outstanding Health Care Litigator by Nightingale's Health Law News.
Jesse has taught a Health Law course at George Washington University and is a frequent speaker at health care conferences. He has also published numerous articles on Medicare fraud enforcement and health care compliance topics.