New York Office
Franklin Monsour is a white collar and investigations partner who represents clients in government actions and complex commercial litigation, with a focus on False Claims Act matters.
Franklin is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial attorney who represents clients in investigations and litigation. He understands that clients trust him to handle difficult situations, facing threats to their liberty or steep financial consequences. Franklin provides comprehensive representation, working to preempt or resolve matters efficiently. A strong legal writer, Franklin has a successful track record in motion practice, and excels at trying cases to a jury.
Franklin frequently represents clients in the life sciences and healthcare industries in both criminal and civil investigations brought by the Department of Justice and other regulatory agencies such as the DEA and FDA. His practice includes defending clients in securities fraud and SEC enforcement actions.
Franklin specializes in False Claim Act (FCA) litigation. He previously prosecuted record-setting cases under the FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) on behalf of DOJ. That experience now informs Franklin’s defense of clients under FCA investigation. He has represented Health Plans, biopharmaceutical companies, medical device manufactures, and individuals in FCA matters. Franklin is knowledgeable about all aspects of the AKS and has been successful in convincing DOJ to resolve investigations without action.
Franklin has extensive civil litigation experience, in both defending clients and pursuing affirmative cases on their behalf. He has investigated and filed complex civil-RICO and civil fraud cases, obtaining injunctive relief and damages. He has experience with asset tracing and civil ex parte seizures, and often coordinates with private investigators and law enforcement agencies.
Franklin draws from his broad experience as a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida, where he prosecuted and tried numerous criminal cases involving fraud, narcotics, and violent crimes, and represented DOJ in large-scale civil enforcement actions. He was lead counsel in negotiating multiple record settlements totaling over $100 million in FCA, AKS, healthcare fraud and civil penalty recoveries. His cases included the largest DEA drug diversion recovery under the Controlled Substances Act, and the largest criminal fraud compound pharmacy case to go to trial.
In addition, Franklin maintains an active pro bono practice. Recently, in collaboration with the National Coalition on Black Civil Participation and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Franklin secured a major win for the plaintiffs in a voter intimidation case.