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William R. Cowden


William R. Cowden




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Notre Dame Law School
University of Michigan


Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

William R. Cowden 

As both an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Cowden has handled hundreds of cases involving healthcare fraud, bank, wire and securities frauds, money laundering, Internet crime, narcotics trafficking, national security, and the defense of civil claims asserted against the United States – through verdicts and successful appeal.

Mr. Cowden is the former Chief of Asset Forfeiture at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. In addition to handling a full caseload of novel financial-crime prosecutions, he supervised other prosecutors and taught forfeiture, money laundering, and trial advocacy to prosecutors and agents at the Justice Department’s National Advocacy Center, at law enforcement seminars across the country, and as a representative of the United States at international forums. Mr. Cowden has received numerous awards from the Department of Justice and from the law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Secret Service, and frequently is consulted for his expertise on asset forfeiture and money laundering matters.

In private practice at some of the country’s largest law firms, Mr. Cowden concentrated on healthcare litigation. He has defended civil, criminal and administrative claims brought against healthcare providers, payer organizations, product suppliers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and executives: in administrative proceedings, in criminal and civil investigations, and in business-to-business litigation. Mr. Cowden’s healthcare expertise spans the arena of fraud and abuse, including the complex Medicare and Medicaid laws and regulations, Anti-Kickback and Stark statutes, federal and state False Claims Acts, EMTALA and HIPAA claims, officer and director fiduciary obligations, facility decertifications and delicensures, regulatory enforcement actions, and reimbursement disallowances.

Mr. Cowden graduated cum laude from the Notre Dame Law School, where he was an Associate Editor and member of the Notre Dame Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Ryan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Cowden has litigated cases across the country; he has been admitted to practice before the D.C. Court of Appeals, before the District of Columbia, Fourth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, and numerous federal district courts.