U.S. Government contractors continue to face increasing challenges when it comes to protecting their intellectual property rights. While there remains uncertainty about how the Department of Defense will implement Section 815 of the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2012 NDAA), the law itself contains language that could significantly impact contractor rights in
Jacinta Alves, a partner in our Washington, D.C. office, practices in the Health Care and Government Contracts groups. Jacinta's practice includes representing and counseling health care providers, managed care organizations, and a variety of government contractors and grantees in a wide array of litigation, regulatory, and compliance matters. Her practice includes counseling and representing entities on matters related to internal and government investigations, the physician self-referral law (Stark Law), the Anti-Kickback Statute, the FCA, receipt of government overpayments, procurement and grant fraud, suspension and debarment, and other federal and state fraud and abuse issues. In 2015, Jacinta served for six months as interim General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a healthcare non-profit that provided nearly $1 billion in assistance, in part, to specifically assess the adequacy of the organization’s compliance and audit plan in light of identified risk areas.