Miranda Hooker is a partner in the Health Sciences Department and White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. Ms. Hooker is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer whose national practice is concentrated on defending clients in government investigations and enforcement matters, including those involving health care fraud and abuse matters, and conducting internal corporate investigations.
Ms. Hooker brings deep experience to her representation of pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, clinical laboratories, payors, pharmacies, health care providers, and other entities and individuals in federal criminal, civil and state attorney general investigations and enforcement actions. She has particular experience in matters involving the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPAA and Stark Law. Having tried and defended significant cases in those areas, Ms. Hooker also brings her prosecutorial background to bear in conducting internal investigations for corporate clients in the health care and financial services industries, among others.
Before joining Pepper, Ms. Hooker served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Health Care Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, where she was responsible for investigating and prosecuting Medicare and Medicaid fraud; violations of FDA laws and regulations, including allegations of off-label marketing and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute; and drug diversion by hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. Ms. Hooker also worked in the Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit and with the Civil Rights Enforcement Team.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Hooker was counsel at a global law firm in Boston, where she worked on a number of high-profile government enforcement matters and conducted internal investigations into allegations of health care fraud, securities fraud, accounting fraud and environmental crimes. Ms. Hooker is a frequent speaker on health care fraud enforcement and corporate compliance practices.