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Joseph Trautwein

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Joseph Trautwein is an attorney with more than 16 years of experience in complex civil litigation.  After 12 of service with the U.S. Department of Justice, he started his own practice.  Mr. Trautwein assists those involved in False Claims Act disputes with case evaluation, investigation, and settlement negotiations.  Mr. Trautwein also serves as a mediator, and an arbitrator.

From 2004 until 2010, Mr. Trautwein served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Trautwein represented the United States in affirmative civil fraud investigations involving the healthcare industry and military defense contractors.  Mr. Trautwein also defended the United States in employment disputes, malpractice claims, and tort litigation.  As a prosecutor, Mr. Trautwein successfully brought false claim actions against drug manufacturers, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical benefit managers.  Most notably, Mr. Trautwein was the lead attorney in the False Claims Act case against Eli Lilly & Company for its illegal promotion of Zyprexa.  The case resulted in a settlement of $1.415 billion, the largest healthcare settlement against a single defendant by the Department of Justice at that time.  Mr. Trautwein has been recognized as a leader in fraud prevention and has received numerous awards from federal and state agencies for his work including the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention.

Mr. Trautwein is a frequent lecturer on False Claims Act issues for various healthcare organizations nationwide.  He is also works as an adjunct professor at Widener Law School where he teaches healthcare law.

Before the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Trautwein worked as a Trial Attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U. S. Department of Justice, in Washington, DC, where he represented the United States in cases involving construction, government contracts, international trade, and employment litigation.

Mr. Trautwein began his career as a civil engineer.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Trautwein worked as a construction engineer providing litigation support to attorneys in the government and the private sector in defense of construction claims.  Mr. Trautwein received his engineering and law degrees from Temple University.  He clerked for the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink, United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington, DC.

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