Marcella Auerbach J.D. ’76 is a managing partner at Nolan Auerbach & White. She is a former federal prosecutor who spent more than 25 years at the U.S. Department of Justice. Auerbach has extensive experience prosecuting corporate providers for health-care fraud, anti-kickback and Stark Law violations, FDA violations and Medicare fraud. She has won multimillion-dollar recoveries under the False Claims Act, and has successfully represented employees in whistleblower protection and other whistleblower-related actions against their employers.
Auerbach is an experienced litigator who served in a wide variety of leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Justice. She spent eight years in the civil division, where she represented the federal government in health-care fraud qui tam cases in the Southern District of Florida. As first assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Auerbach managed, directed and supervised 210 attorneys in the criminal and civil divisions, worked directly with every federal agency, and was involved in all stages of criminal and civil prosecutions and forfeitures. Auerbach also supervised and spearheaded a large number of prosecutions as chief of narcotics, special counsel to the United States attorney, and a special attorney in the organized crime and racketeering section of the U.S. Department of Justice. She received numerous awards during her tenure, including the John Marshall Award for outstanding litigation work, the Law Enforcement Woman of the Year Award and numerous special commendations from attorneys general of the United States.
Auerbach is a sought-after speaker who has led numerous panel discussions and training conferences for attorneys, federal and state prosecutors, and federal agents on topics such as health-care fraud, investigative techniques, and federal court and trial advocacy. She has lectured at the Department of Justice Advocacy Institute and University of Miami Law School, and has moderated and appeared on numerous panels and at Taxpayers Against Fraud conferences as well as the Southern Health Care Fraud Institute.
Auerbach has worked pro bono on many domestic violence and abuse cases, including the Put Something Back and Lawyers Care programs. She also has worked on the Florida Bar Hurricane Disaster Project on a pro bono basis.
Auerbach earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Miami, a juris doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law and a master of laws degree from New York University.
Taxpayers Against Fraud, an organization devoted to combating fraud against the Federal Government, named Auerbach and her partner Ken Nolan as Lawyers of the Year for 2011. Auerbach was also selected for inclusion in the 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Health Care Law. Auerbach has a Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating of “AV” and is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
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