Gail Zirkelbach is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group and resident in the Los Angeles office. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Group Steering Committee. Gail’s practice focuses on internal investigations, defense of fraud actions, and counseling aerospace and technology companies in all government contracts and compliance areas.
By Gail D. Zirkelbach on Posted in Events,Legal DevelopmentsAlthough companies often conduct internal investigations in the normal course of business, recent developments suggest that companies need to reconsider certain aspects of how they structure their investigations to avoid potential new downfalls. On May 4, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, Crowell & Moring attorneys Gail Zirkelbach, Steve Byers, Jacintha Alves and Judy… Continue Reading
By Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford and Mary Kate Healy on Posted in False ClaimsOn March 2, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report highlighting necessary improvements to effectively implement the Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (WPPP). The WPPP, introduced in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, and made permanent by Congress in December 2016, expanded whistleblower rights against reprisal for employees of contractors,… Continue Reading
By Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford, Mary Kate Healy and Stephanie Willis on Posted in False ClaimsOn February 14, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Cmty. Inc. addressing only the first of the two issues that the district court had certified for interlocutory appeal: (1) whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) possesses an unreviewable veto authority over proposed settlements and (2) whether… Continue Reading
By Gail D. Zirkelbach, Peter J. Eyre, Mark Ries and Cameron Prell on Posted in Legal DevelopmentsOn January 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued Directive 4715.21 to organize comprehensive agency-wide action to address and mitigate the risks of climate change on U.S. military assets and operations. The Directive implements for DoD the requirement established by Executive Order 13653 (Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change)… Continue Reading