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Claire Schenk


St. Louis
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As a former Assistant United States Attorney, Claire advocates for clients in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, False Claims Act litigation and other complex white-collar litigation.

Drawing upon her 14-year history with the Department of Justice and service as a Chief, Claire represents and advises health care providers, registrants under the Controlled Substances Act and government contractors. Claire enjoys guiding physician groups, hospitals, pharmaceutical groups and government contractors through the maze of complex and overlapping government regulatory schemes and assisting with the resolution of compliance concerns.

Claire regularly represents health care providers and government contractors in a wide range of False Claims Act lawsuits, obtaining dismissals and successful resolutions for her clients. Parallel to this litigation, Claire navigates her clients through the myriad number of related administrative proceedings and compliance concerns involving licensure and participation in Federal programs.

Throughout her career, Claire has represented clients in bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation matters. She has also frequently served as a court-appointed receiver in litigation initiated by the SEC, the FTC, and the SBA, and served as counsel in Receivership litigation.

Claire has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law and Criminal Defense: White-Collar Law, from 2014-2023 (by BL Rankings).

False Claims Act qui tam Experience

Successfully resolved False Claims Act qui tam case on behalf of national managed behavioral health organization.

Successfully resoled False Claims Act qui tam case on behalf of a national practice management group for ambulatory surgery centers.

Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act qui tam case against Chicago hospital.

Represented large government contractor in False Claims Act qui tam matter.

Physician Representation

Resolved threatened indictment of physician involving billing issues.

Handled Physician representation in Medicare exclusion.

Handled Physician representation in Medicaid termination.

Negotiated resolution of physician practice dispute following entry of restraining order.

Appeared before Board of Healing Arts for physicians to resolve charges and allegations.

Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Represented pharmaceutical executives in resolving government investigation.

Court-Appointed Receiver

Served as Receiver of multiple companies in Acartha Group matter initiated by SEC, which involved $75 investor fraud.

Served as Receiver in FTC matter on behalf of defrauded consumers by robo callers.

Handled federal equity Receivership work for Small Business Investment Companies.


DOJ Cyber Fraud Initiative - Cyber Faces the FCA Hammer


Blog Browse: What can recent FCA decisions tell us about the Seventh Circuit pleading standard for health care billing fraud claims?

Blog browse: Credit for cooperation: What you need to know about the DOJ’s new guidelines for FCA investigations

The Federal Priority Act: How ‘secure’ is a secured creditor if the debtor is subject to a federal claim or investigation?

DOJ continues to investigate, seek recoveries over compounding pharmacy fraud

Why health care entities should pay attention to the Federal Priority Act

The government gets paid first: The surprising reach of the Federal Priority Act

Thompson Coburn Publications

What can recent FCA decisions tell us about the Seventh Circuit pleading standard for health care billing fraud claims?

What receivers need to know about the Federal Priority Act

Credit for cooperation: What you need to know about the DOJ’s new guidelines for FCA investigations

Claire Schenk and Scott Lane publish "False Claims Act Whistleblowers in the Year 2011: Perils, Pitfalls, and Profits"


Panelist, "Significant Legal Developments: Central and Midwest Region";
Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2019

"Recent Developments on Damages and Penalties";
10th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, June 2014

"The Heat is On";
Missouri Bar Health and Hospital Law Subcommittee, May 2010

"Government Investigations and Compliance";
Illinois State Bar Healthcare Subcommittee, April 2009

"How to Prevent the FBI from Knocking on Your Door";
Joseph Flynn Lectureship, January 2009

"The 2009 Office of Inspector General Work Plan";
American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management, December 2008

"An Insider's Perspective On Health Care Investigations (Internal Investigations, Voluntary Disclosure and the Civil False Claims Act)";
Thompson Coburn, September 2008

"The Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2008, The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act";
Missouri Association of Homes For The Aged, August 2008

"Can Your Joint Venture Survive The Scrutiny Of A Government Investigation?";
American Bar Association, National Institute on Health Care Fraud, May 2008

"Insights and Updates Regarding the Civil False Claims Act";
Thompson Coburn, May 2008

"Health Care Fraud and False Claims Act litigation";
Corporate training

"Fraud and Compliance Forum";
American Health Lawyers Association, October 2005

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regional Training;
April 2005

National and local fraud training sessions;
United States Department of Justice

"Bio-Terrorism and Forensic Epidemiology Seminar";
December 2003

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Training;
United States Postal Service, May 2002

"Trial Practice" demonstration;
Keynote Presentation, ABA National Institute on Health Care Fraud, June 2001


Thompson Coburn receives Board’s Chair Recognition Award from Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Claire Schenk supports passage of organ donor protections in Missouri

Claire Schenk imparts life (and rock climbing) advice in UMSL commencement speech

Gain Executive Insights on trade developments with Thompson Coburn, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Gain Executive Insights on immigration with Thompson Coburn, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

FTC reaches $6 million settlement over St. Louis-based tech support scam

Victims of tech support scheme again targeted by scammers

Claire Schenk appointed Receiver in FTC enforcement action against tech support scam

Claire Schenk to moderate Missouri Bar Health and Hospital Administration panel presentation

Claire Schenk writes about Federal Priority Act for Federal Bar magazine

Claire Schenk honored as ‘Distinguished Alumni’ by University of Missouri-St. Louis

Claire Schenk to speak at 10th Annual ABA National Institute on False Claims Act

Claire Schenk talks about her work on record-setting fraud settlement for U.S. Attorney’s Office