McGuireWoods has hired Michael Podberesky, a former prosecutor in the Justice Department’s civil fraud section, as a partner in its Washington government investigations and white collar litigation practice.
Podberesky is the firm’s at least fourth lateral hire in the government investigations group since last August, when McGuireWoods added former Manhattan federal prosecutor Jason Cowley and former Colorado assistant solicitor general Michael Francisco. The firm hired former Financial Industry Regulatory Authority enforcement attorney Elizabeth Hogan in October.
Podberesky served as a prosecutor in the fraud section from 2015 to 2021, investigating and litigating False Claims Act cases in healthcare and federal procurement. He will continue to focus on healthcare and procurement fraud investigations in his new role.
“He makes our powerhouse practice even stronger,” Todd Steggerda, chair of the firm’s government investigations and white collar department, said in a statement.
“They’re very strong in both white collar and health care and they had a very specific vision on how they would use me to help grow a health care enforcement practice,” Podberesky said of McGuireWoods.
Podberesky said he expects the government’s FCA enforcement to increase in the areas of opioid manufacturing and sales, elder care, and Medicare Part C.
Prior to joining the DOJ, Podberesky was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where he handled a variety of securities, white collar, and commercial litigation cases.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Podberesky also served for nearly a decade as a naval flight officer and commanded armed combat and surveillance missions in Afghanistan. He has also represented defense contractors and aerospace manufacturers in investigations and litigation.