Maureen Ruane, a former federal prosecutor and the first chief of the health care and government fraud unit at the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, joined Mandelbaum Barrett PC as a partner in the firm’s health care, litigation and white collar criminal defense practices.
In an April 5 press release, the Roseland-based, full-service law firm said Ruane will focus on all aspects of health care-related matters, representing entities and individuals in federal government, state and regulatory issues; conducting internal and other investigations; addressing compliance; and advising on crisis management to protect clients from financial exposure and reputational harm.
Health care practice chair and partner Mohamed Nabulsi said Mandelbaum Barrett is “very excited to welcome her to our growing practice.”
“A hugely talented attorney, Maureen is a formidable civil and fraud litigator, a tenacious white-collar criminal defense attorney, a veteran internal investigator; an accomplished compliance and ethics professional and a strenuous advocate and negotiator for her clients dealing with myriad adversaries, including federal, state, and regulatory authorities,” Nabulsi said.
As a health care lawyer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ruane directed and supervised its prosecutions of both criminal and civil health care fraud offenses as well as cases involving government fraud offenses, including tax and environmental matters. Under her tenure, the unit recovered more than $510 million in settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act; the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; and other statutes.
Prior to her arrival at Mandelbaum Barrett, Ruane was a health care consultant and advisor. Her background also includes serving as vice president and head of U.S. litigation at pharma giant Novartis. In addition, Ruane was a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLC in its white collar criminal defense practice group and chaired the firm’s health care litigation, investigations and compliance group.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the Southern District of New York and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Ruane has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and New Jersey Super Lawyers.
During her years as a prosecutor, she also received awards and commendations from numerous federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Food & Drug Administration, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Postal Inspection Service, Department of Transportation and Department of Labor.
Ruane, who earned a juris doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, is a member of The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association.
In a statement, Ruane said, “Mandelbaum Barrett is an amazing firm that has been growing exponentially. I look forward to working alongside the firm’s top-notch, dedicated, collaborative, and helpful attorneys and staff who strive to help clients achieve optimal results in every instance. I am delighted that I will continue to practice in those areas where I have focused so intensively over the years.”
With nearly 30 practice areas and over 100 attorneys, Mandelbaum Barrett has been recognized as one of the Northeast’s premier full-service law firms by U.S. News & World Report. It has also received accolades from The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and New Jersey Super Lawyers.
In addition to its Roseland headquarters, Mandelbaum Barrett has offices in Edison, Eatontown, Elizabeth and Lyndhurst as well as locations in New York City, Denver and Boca Raton.