For health care industry clients, health reform has turned business success into an increasingly complex proposition. Health care organizations need legal representation that cuts directly to the heart of any issue, whether in litigation, government investigations, regulatory compliance, or business collaborations and acquisitions. For clients throughout the industry, including all of the top ten health insurers and many of the nation's leading health care providers, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers, Crowell & Moring is a critical resource.
We have a robust trial practice that marries the firm's top-tier health industry knowledge with the exceptional range of litigation experience of the firm's class action, white collar, government contracts, antitrust, complex civil litigation, and torts litigation professionals. Our lawyers have deep experience in health care antitrust, managed care, fraud and abuse (including Stark, anti-kickback, and False Claims Act matters), and privacy litigation, among other key regulatory areas. We regularly represent clients in all forms of civil and criminal disputes, including government enforcement actions. Our transactional, counseling, and compliance practices benefit from the same depth of health care industry experience, offering business solutions to meet our clients' unique needs.
The firm's Health Care Industry Initiative is illustrative of our holistic approach to working with clients in this sector, bringing together the talents of experienced attorneys from across practice groups and areas of substantive focus. We have also made several significant hires in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. over the last few years, providing recognized and experienced leadership in the most significant practice arenas for health care law, offering immediate insight into national clients' industry-wide concerns, while leading a team that serves as the trusted counselors to health care clients from across the country. With longstanding relationships with key federal agencies that regulate the health care industry, including the Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense TRICARE program, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management, we provide strong representation in federal regulatory matters, as well as experience in conducting complex investigations and defending our clients' interests.
Our lawyers deliver comprehensive legal solutions to complex business and regulatory challenges, including major corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. We also provide strategic and day-to-day counsel on compliance with state and federal legislation, from health insurance regulations to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan requirements and health information privacy and security laws (including HIPAA and the HITECH Act).
Year after year, our clients have praised the firm in surveys published by leading industry and legal publications. Health care leaders from California to the District of Columbia have regularly named our lawyers as among the top-ranked practitioners. In Chambers USA, Crowell & Moring's health care practice lawyers are described as "nationally renowned," "insightful," and as having "an encyclopedic knowledge of the area." Our health care lawyers are also regularly listed in The National Law Journal, Best Lawyers in America, and other publications.
Members of our practice hold and have held numerous leadership positions in the industry, including serving on the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), on the advisory committee of the Bureau of National Affairs' Health Insurance Report, and as past president of the American Association of PPOs, Pacific Region. As head of the Federal Trade Commission's health care antitrust program, one of our partners was an architect of federal antitrust enforcement in the health care industry. Another partner (and former chair of the AHLA Fraud and Abuse practice group) is nationally recognized for his depth of experience in False Claims Act, anti-kickback law, and Stark law enforcement and compliance.