Katherine Lauer is a partner in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins and former Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. Ms. Lauer focuses her practice on healthcare litigation, with emphasis on healthcare fraud defense. She has defended some of the country's largest and most high-profile civil and criminal government healthcare fraud investigations and qui tam cases, representing such clients as HCA, Tenet Healthcare, Sutter Health, Adventist Health West, and NuVasive.
Ms. Lauer has extensive experience in the federal Anti-kickback Statute, the Stark Laws, and the federal False Claims Act, as well as cost reporting and other reimbursement issues. She advises a wide array of healthcare industry clients on issues related to pharmaceutical and medical device marketing, the structure and formation of joint ventures, and other corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. She also has particular experience in the design and implementation of compliance programs, and has structured and conducted many internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, and compliance audits.
She is the past Co-Chair of the Health Law Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Healthcare and Government Contracts section of the Federal Bar Association, and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys. She is a member of the Planning Committees for the AHLA Fraud and Compliance Forum and the ABA Annual National Institute on Healthcare Fraud, and has been selected by the Department of Justice to provide training to government attorneys on how to successfully resolve healthcare fraud investigations. Ms. Lauer is also a member of the Scripps Health Board of Trustees and currently chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee.
- Recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US for her work in healthcare
- Named a Healthcare Trailblazer
The National Law Journal 2020
- Named a Litigation Star
Benchmark Litigation 2020-2022
- Named a Top Healthcare Lawyer
The Daily Journal, California’s legal newspaper of record
- Selected as a Life Science Star
LMG Life Sciences, a list of highest profile, most sought-after and best lawyers working in life sciences
- Named to the BTI Client Service All Star Team for her work in healthcare litigation
- Repeatedly recognized by Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the country's top healthcare attorneys – both as an Outstanding Fraud and Compliance Lawyer and as an Outstanding Healthcare Litigator