Richard W. Westling, a litigator with more than 20 years of high-profile experience in government investigations, white collar criminal defense and healthcare litigation, has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP as a partner in the firm's Nashville office. Westling practiced previously in the Washington, D.C. office of Ober Kaler where he chaired the firm's national Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice. He was recognized in 2009 as an "Outstanding Healthcare Litigator" by Nightingale's Healthcare News.
"Attracting an attorney of Richard's caliber is a reflection of both our firm's prominence in the healthcare sector and our long-range plans to extend our reach further throughout the country," said Waller Lansden chairman John Tishler. "Richard is a major addition to our white collar defense team. Undoubtedly, our clients will benefit greatly from his insight and experience."
At Waller Lansden, Westling will join the firm's White Collar Defense team with a focus on representing businesses and individuals in a wide-variety of government investigations and in defending hospitals and other healthcare providers as well as corporate executives and employees in matters involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Stark Law, the health care fraud statute and anti-kickback statute.
The White Collar Defense practice group has represented and defended companies, boards of directors and individual executives in federal, state and local regulatory and criminal matters throughout the country. In addition to Westling, this team includes several Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Paul Summers, the former Attorney General of the State of Tennessee. This experienced group of litigators has frequently represented clients in government investigations, successfully defended against Medicaid Fraud and False Claims Act charges and also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and providing counsel on corporate compliance issues.
Westling's career spans both the public and private sectors. He served as General Counsel of Peoples Health Network, a Medicare Advantage organization serving Medicare beneficiaries in Louisiana. Additionally, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division in Washington, D.C., and as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Westling earned his J.D, cum laude, in 1988 from Tulane Law School where he served on the Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review. He earned a B.A. in 1985 from Sewanee - The University of the South. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Andrews-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tenn. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association's Sections on Health Law, Criminal Justice, Litigation and Taxation; the Federal Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.