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DOJ Health Care Chief and Former FCPA Assistant Chief joins Jones Day

January 2012


Washington, D.C. -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that U.S. Department of Justice official Hank Bond Walther has joined the Firm's Washington Office as a Partner in the Corporate Criminal Investigations Practice. He will also work on business and tort litigation matters. Mr. Walther served as Deputy Chief in charge of the Health Care Fraud Unit in the Fraud Section of DOJ's Criminal Division and, previously, as Assistant Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit in the Fraud Section.

"Hank Walther brings a wealth of experience and insight from his years in government," said Greg Shumaker, the Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "The unique perspective he has gained from prosecuting hundreds of health care fraud and FCPA cases on behalf of the federal government will add tremendously to our Corporate Criminal Investigations Practice. We're delighted he's chosen Jones Day for his return to the private sector."

As Chief of DOJ's Health Care Fraud Unit since March 2010, Mr. Walther supervised all health care fraud investigations and prosecutions pursued by the Criminal Division, including violations of the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Laws, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, money laundering laws, and mail and wire fraud laws. He also led DOJ's Medicare Fraud Strike Forces across the country, which over the past five years investigated and prosecuted over 1100 defendants responsible for approximately $3 billion in health care fraud.

While with the FCPA Unit, Mr. Walther conducted and supervised many of the Criminal Division's foreign corruption investigations and prosecutions and coordinated with domestic and foreign law enforcement, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies. He also participated in the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and worked with foreign governments in connection with anti-bribery and anti-corruption enforcement and legislation.

Prior to his supervisory roles, Mr. Walther served as a Trial Attorney for three years in the Fraud Section of DOJ's Criminal Division. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 2001 with honors; Executive Articles Editor, Maryland Law Review) and American University (B.A. 1998 cum laude), Mr. Walther practiced as a white collar criminal defense attorney before entering government service.

Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies. Jones Day established its Washington Office in 1946. Today, about 240 lawyers practicing in the antitrust, business practice, government regulation, intellectual property, labor & employment, litigation, and tax areas are housed in a historic office building across the street from the U.S. Capitol.

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