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Katten Continues Growth of Washington Litigation Practice with Addition of Three High-Profile Partners

Firm News | January 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that white collar litigators Joshua G. Berman and Glen Donath, and health care and appellate attorney Howard R. Rubin have joined the firm’s Washington office as partners in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Mr. Berman, Mr. Donath and Mr. Rubin previously practiced in the Washington office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.

The addition of Mr. Berman and Mr. Donath furthers Katten’s plan for strategic growth of the Washington White Collar Criminal and Civil Litigation and Compliance Practice. That group was expanded in September 2009 with the addition of attorneys from Hunton & Williams LLP, including partners Whitney Ellerman and Steven Solow.

Mr. Ellerman, who co-chairs Katten’s white collar practice in Washington, said that “By bringing Josh and his colleagues here, we will significantly expand both the depth and scope of our national white collar and complex case practice.”

The health care experience of all three attorneys complements the firm’s already strong national Health Care Practice. Mr. Rubin, who represents coalitions of medical specialty practices across the country, adds considerable depth to Katten’s services in the area of health care law.

“Josh, Glen and Howard all come to Katten with outstanding national reputations and are well-regarded in the Washington legal community,” said Roger P. Furey, managing partner of Katten’s Washington office. “We expect Josh to be a key national leader in our white collar and investigatory practices and for Howard to play a pivotal role in building out the firm’s national appellate practice. The group’s considerable experience and legal skill in the areas of white collar, health care and appellate law, combined with the talents of our other recent high-profile litigation hires, provide additional depth and strength for what we believe is one of the best litigation groups in town.”

Joshua G. Berman
Mr. Berman comes to Katten after serving as head of Sonnenschein’s Washington-based Litigation Practice and co-chair of its White Collar & Government Investigations Practice. He has represented numerous companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country, both houses of Congress, states Attorneys General, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the HHS Office of the Inspector General, and other regulatory enforcement bodies. Mr. Berman has conducted sensitive internal investigations for major corporate clients in the U.S. and Asia, and has substantial expertise in handling Foreign Corrupt Practice Act matters throughout the world. In addition, he has often handled high-stakes health care fraud and abuse qui tam matters.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Berman spent seven years as a federal prosecutor. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, he investigated, prosecuted and tried cases relating to white collar crime, securities fraud, health care fraud, public corruption, obstruction of justice, bank fraud, anti-piracy and copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering, cybercrime, espionage, counter-terrorism, and organized and violent crime. Mr. Berman was also part of an elite team of prosecutors who investigated and prosecuted al Qaeda members and associates overseas and within the United States.

In 2001, Mr. Berman served as Associate Investigative Counsel on the Webster Commission, leading one of the teams that reviewed the FBI’s national security and counterintelligence programs in the wake of FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen’s espionage. In 2002, he joined the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, where he investigated and prosecuted cases across the country relating to bribery, mail and wire fraud, and federal campaign and election laws.

Early in his career, Mr. Berman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel M. Flaum, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and an editor of the University of Michigan Law Review.

Glen Donath
A highly regarded former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, Mr. Donath focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, governmental enforcement actions, internal investigations, health care fraud and abuse, corporate compliance and complex civil litigation. He has successfully represented health care providers, financial institutions, investment funds, insurance companies and various other corporations in an array of complex civil and criminal proceedings. Mr. Donath has also successfully defended many corporate officers in similar matters and regularly conducts internal investigations for corporations and other organizations.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Donath served for five years as a federal prosecutor. As a Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, he conducted grand jury investigations and prosecuted cases involving a wide variety of white collar matters, including health care fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, tax offenses, bankruptcy fraud, and government corruption. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Donath tried dozens of cases to successful verdicts, involving a wide variety of criminal offenses. He received multiple Special Achievement Awards from the Department of Justice for sustained, superior performance.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Donath practiced at Williams & Connolly LLP, where he participated in the firm’s representation of former President Bill Clinton as a member of the trial team representing President Clinton during impeachment proceedings in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Donath also served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Donath earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. with high honors from University of Chicago Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

Howard R. Rubin
Mr. Rubin joins Katten after serving as national co-chair of Sonnenschein’s Appellate Practice. In addition to representing clients in state and federal appellate courts throughout the country, Mr. Rubin devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in the health care industry.

Mr. Rubin is often retained by clients to take over cases upon completion at the trial court level. He has served as lead appellate counsel in more than 50 cases in 10 federal circuits and has personally argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. Mr. Rubin is one of the few appellate litigators in private practice to have argued three appeals back-to-back-to-back in a single session in a federal appellate court, having done so in 2005 when he won three cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Rubin has also argued before an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Washington and the Maryland Court of Appeals (the State’s highest court).

Mr. Rubin has counseled and litigated on behalf of health care clients for the last 15 years. In the health care industry, Mr. Rubin’s representations have included coalitions of medical specialty practices, state and national medical associations, a global pharmaceutical services organization, welfare benefit plans and insurance companies. He is recognized by medical associations as well as by physician groups throughout the country as one of the foremost authorities on state patient referral laws. Mr. Rubin has devoted a substantial part of his practice over the past several years to serving as counsel to coalitions of medical practices seeking to safeguard their ability to provide patients with medically necessary diagnostic imaging services, physical therapy services and integrated cancer care.

Early in his career, Mr,. Rubin served as a clerk to the Honorable Sam J. Ervin, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Miami and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Duke Law Journal.

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