We are pleased to announce the addition of health care fraud and abuse attorney O. Benton Curtis. He will join the Miami office as senior counsel in the firm’s nationally recognized Health Law Practice Group.
Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Curtis served as an assistant chief for the Criminal Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice, where he supervised investigations and prosecutions in the Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit in multiple federal districts. He also investigated securities fraud matters, principally high-yield investment and insider trading schemes, and alleged violations of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act in the gaming and entertainment industries.
Before his tenure with the Criminal Fraud Section, Curtis served as an assistant United States attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. While there, he spent the majority of his time in the office’s Economic Crimes Section, prosecuting health care fraud, money laundering, and other related white collar statutes.
“It’s no secret that our health care delivery system is experiencing dramatic changes,” said Gabriel Imperato, managing partner and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Compliance Practice Group. “And with that comes the need for greater compliance in an industry that is becoming even more highly regulated by the government. Ben’s health care fraud and abuse experience will not only add to our already robust practice group but also help us continue to provide clients with the knowledge and guidance to navigate challenging waters.”
During his career, Curtis tried more than 25 federal jury trials and, for his efforts, was the recipient of various awards, including the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 2011.
Curtis has delivered numerous presentations across the country on trends in health care fraud and investigative techniques in health care fraud prosecutions, among others. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and received his juris doctor from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala. Curtis also is admitted to practice in four jurisdictions, including Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.