Maurice A. Bellan is a Washington, DC. based partner and is Vice-Chair of the Firm's North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. He also leads the Firm's False Claims Act practice and advises clients on a broad range of fraud and anti-corruption matters. Maurice is a former trial attorney at the US Department of Justice and has been named by Savoy magazine as one of the most influential African-American lawyers in the United States.
Maurice's government enforcement practice is focused in the pharmaceutical and medical device, government contracts, financial and energy industries. He regularly counsels clients that participate in US federal programs or receive any federal funding for business activities. His investigation matters routinely involve the enforcement of the False Claims Act (FCA), including FIRREA, Stark and Anti-Kickback allegations. He also handles investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has shepherded clients through enforcement actions pursued by several branches of government including the DOJ, DoD, FinCEN and various US congressional committees.
Maurice has over twenty years of complex investigative, civil and criminal litigation experience and has tried cases and argued appeals in several states, federal district and appellate courts, the US Tax Court and the US Court of Federal Claims. His litigation matters have involved trade secrets, securities transactions, breach of contracts and a variety of federal statutory regulations including the False Claims Act and related fraud statutes.
His most recent federal court victory involved the dismissal of a false claims action involving billing and false certification questions.
Representative Legal Matters
- Represented a multinational financial services company in the investigation of its compliance with federal lending regulations.
- Represented a multinational financial services company in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation.
- Conducted an Office of Foreign Assets Control and compliance investigation on behalf of a provider of money services in the prison industry, and provided counsel on the development of an anti-money laundering program.
Prior to joining the Firm, Maurice handled the following matters:
- Represented a computer manufacturer in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota in a false claims action where a compliance officer claimed 11 major computer manufacturers violated provisions of the Buy American statute.
- Represented a food manufacturer in a False Claims Act internal investigation and litigation involving a food supply contract with the Department of Defense.
- Advised a large retailer regarding the implementation and maintenance of its third-party anti-corruption due diligence program in Central and South America.
- Secured dismissal of a false claims action in the Eastern District of Virginia against a government contractor providing linguist services to military serving in Afghanistan.
- Represented a supplier of pharmaceutical drugs in congressional investigation regarding pricing and distribution practices.
- Represented a quasi-public housing authority in parallel congressional and Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG investigations regarding compliance and use of public funding.
- Obtained permanent injunctive relief and USD 1.8 million in damages on behalf of an international temporary staffing firm in a federal trademark infringement action.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association - Member
- National Bar Association - Member
- DC Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association - Member
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- Appointed commissioner overseeing Maryland's airport and aviation system
- Risk Management Committee on the Board of Directors of National Senior Campuses, Inc. - Former member
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims~United States (2011)
- District of Columbia~United States (2009)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit~United States (2008)
- U.S. Tax Court~United States (2006)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit~United States (2005)
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia~United States (1999)
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland~United States (1999)
- Maryland~United States (1999)
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- University of Maryland (J.D.) (1998)
- Howard University (Bachelor of Arts cum laude) (1991)
Speaker, “Best Investigations Practices: The First 72 Hours,” Association of Corporate Counsel, March 2017
Speaker, “FCA and FIRREA Civil Penalties: What Lies Ahead in 2017,” The Knowledge Group, March 2017
Speaker, "'Global Investigations: Challenges in Compliance and Management of Investigations in a Global Environment," DuPont Minority Counsel Conference, Chicago, 7 June 2013
Speaker, "How To Lose A Jury in 5 Minutes: The Dangers of Lawyer Speak," Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Institute, 15-17 March 2012