Franklin Monsour is a white collar and investigations partner who defends clients in criminal and civil government actions and complex commercial litigation.
As a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida, in Miami, Franklin was lead counsel in negotiating multiple record settlements totaling over $100 million in False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, healthcare fraud and civil penalty recoveries. He also prosecuted numerous criminal cases including the largest compounding pharmacy fraud case to go to trial.
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. He also represents clients in FCPA, securities and fraud-related civil cases, including civil RICO actions. In doing so, Franklin relies on his prior experience as an Assistant US Attorney in Miami where he prosecuted numerous criminal and civil regulatory cases. He was lead counsel on multiple False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute cases resulting in record resolutions. He was also lead counsel in a DEA drug diversion case against one of the largest pharmacy chains resulting in the record civil penalty under the Controlled Substances Act. That case developed the template for DEA actions against drug distribution centers alleged to distribute suspiciously large amounts of prescription narcotics.
Franklin prosecuted numerous criminal cases involving fraud, narcotics and violent crimes. He has successfully tried a variety of criminal and civil cases to verdict, including a five-week federal trial convicting a pharmacist and a co-conspirator of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, pay kickbacks and money laundering. That case is the largest compounding pharmacy fraud case to go to trial, involving numerous co-conspirators in billing well over $30 million to the US military’s health insurance program.
In addition to litigation, Franklin applies his Government experience in helping clients develop sophisticated compliance programs to preempt and resolve Anti-Kickback Statute and broader anti-corruption and FCPA enforcement issues.
Franklin understands what factors motivate investigations, actions, and litigation, and what factors conclude them. He builds strong relationships with clients to navigate difficult situations, developing defenses and strategies to resolve cases successfully, from negotiation through trial.