Ilene Albala is a partner in Goodwin’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Healthcare practices based in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Government Enforcement and False Claims Act Defense group. Previously, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where she was lead counsel for the federal government in False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam litigation. Ms. Albala’s FCA investigations at the U.S. Attorney’s Office focused exclusively on the healthcare and life sciences sectors, including medical device manufacturers, hospital systems, compounding pharmacies, clinical laboratories, diagnostic testing facilities, skilled nursing homes, behavioral health providers, hospice providers, physician practices, home health providers, and private equity investors in healthcare companies. She specializes in False Claims Act defense; complex litigation involving the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law; as well as internal investigations involving healthcare.
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Given her strong science background, Ms. Albala was tasked as an AUSA with investigating alleged healthcare fraud and opioid-related matters. She supervised large teams of agents from federal agencies including the FBI, HHS-OIG, DEA, NSF, OPM, DHA, and FDA. She has significant experience handling parallel civil, criminal, and administrative cases. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Albala was a Trial Attorney at DOJ’s Civil Division, where she represented HHS in suits brought under the National Childhood Vaccine Act. She was the sole attorney responsible for handling over 80 active cases and had frequent first-chair appearances. Ms. Albala began her legal career at an international law firm, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in complex life sciences litigation and arbitration disputes.
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Ms. Albala is a member of the American Health Law Association (AHLA) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). She previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Global Public Health where she taught courses on the intersection of law, bioethics, and public health policy. Ms. Albala is a member of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s working group exploring the ethics of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) in health research and healthcare.

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J.D., 2010
University of Pennsylvania Law School
M.B.E., 2010
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
B.A., 2007
University of Chicago
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