Biography

Dave is a nationally-recognized former Department of Justice prosecutor and high-profile trial lawyer, with more than 16 years of experience in high-stakes legal proceedings. He represents organizations and individuals in a wide variety of investigations, hearings, administrative actions, trials, and enforcement proceedings brought by federal and state government agencies, primarily in the health care and life sciences industries. Dave also represents clients in civil litigation and business disputes.

Prior to joining Verrill, Dave spent more than 16 years as a prosecutor, including nearly a decade with the Department of Justice in both Massachusetts and Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. In Boston, Dave held a senior leadership role and investigated and prosecuted some of the largest and most-complex health care and white-collar cases in the country, including those relating to pharmaceuticals and opioids, pharmacies, charitable co-pay foundations, hospitals, physician practices (small and large), government and commercial insurers, payment and reimbursement, durable medical equipment manufacture and supply, and telemedicine. Among his many significant trials, Dave was one of the lead trial lawyers on the 53-day racketeering trial of the billionaire founder of opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

Dave also delivers deep experience and knowledge in criminal and civil asset forfeiture, restitution, money laundering, and high-stakes financial penalties, including the pre-trial restraint and seizure of assets, such as complex assets and cryptocurrency. Dave also has experience in cybersecurity and privacy, including prosecution of business email compromise matters, and received specialized training from the Department’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section.

A dynamic public speaker, Dave is regularly sought out to teach and speak on matters related to health care regulation and enforcement, and government investigations and has taught more than 2,000 federal and state health care enforcement agents and prosecutors how to conduct parallel investigations and health care fraud enforcement. Dave has also appeared on television shows including 60 Minutes on CBS, Alex Gibney’s Crime of the Century on HBO, and American Greed on CNBC.

Dave began his legal career prosecuting violent crime and homicide cases in New York City.

Outside of the office, Dave enjoys skiing and running, coaching youth soccer, and spending time with his wife, three boys, and high-energy Vizsla.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Dean's Merit Scholar
  • Colgate University  (B.A.)
    • Dean's Award for Community Service

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Former Member of the Advisory Council to the Hodges University Identity Fraud Institute
  • Former Member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI)

Honors

  • Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Department of Justice’s second highest honor (2020)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director’s Citation (2020)
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) Honors Award (2020)
  • Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) award (2020)
  • National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) 2020 Investigation of the Year
  • Recognized three times by the Director of the FBI - 2015 (wire fraud and money laundering), 2016 (Ponzi scheme), and 2021 (health care fraud)
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) Integrity Award (2015)
  • 2016 Prosecutor of the Year by the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Events

  • Panelist, Virtual 22nd Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Ethics & Compliance Congress (Nov. 2-5, 2021)
  • Panelist, Virtual Compliance Congress for Specialty Products (event) (June 22-24, 2021)
  • Guest Speaker, DOJ Agent and Investigator Training, Parallel Criminal/Civil Investigations in Health Care (virtual) (June 2021)
  • Guest Speaker, Asset Forfeiture in Health Care Fraud Investigations, FBI Health Care Fraud Agent Training (Webex May 2021)
  • Panelist, Asset Forfeiture Chief’s and Experts Conference, Department of Justice (virtual) (May 6, 2021)
  • Guest Speaker, Seton Hall University School of Law Health Care Fraud Seminar (virtual April 10, 2021)
  • Panelist, Government Contract Investigations, Federal Bar Association (Feb 2021)
  • Panelist, Enforcement During the COVID Era, American Bar Association Health Care Fraud Institute (virtual November 18, 2020)
  • Panelist, Government Enforcement Trends, 21st PCF Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Ethics & Compliance Congress (virtual November 6, 2020)
  • Panelist, Parallel Criminal and Civil Investigations, DOJ (Webex June 2020) (approximately 1,000 attendees)
  • Speaker, Prosecuting Corporate Executives, FBI Health Care Fraud Agent Training (Webex June 2020)
  • Speaker, Prosecuting Corporate Executives, DOJ Health Care Fraud Strike Force Training (Webex May 2020)
  • Speaker, Department of Justice 2020 Opioid Summit, Washington, D.C. (March 2020)
  • Regularly presented on various topics at Criminal and Civil Division Meetings at the United States Attorney’s Office
  • Moderator, Department of Justice Civil Division Chief Conference, Columbia, SC (Feb. 2020)
  • Panelist, Complex Multi-Defendant Litigation, Boston Bar Association White Collar Crime Conference (January 2020)
  • Speaker, Department of Justice Fraud Section Annual Conference, Washington, DC (November 2019)
  • Guest Speaker, Courtroom Technology at Trial, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maine, All-Hands Retreat, Rockport, Maine (September 2019)
  • Guest speaker, Harvard Summer School, The Opioid Epidemic (July 2019 & July 2020)
  • Guest speaker, United States Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Financial Investigator Training, Orlando, FL (May 2019)
  • Guest speaker, City Police Chiefs, Everett, MA (January 2019)
  • Guest Speaker, Asset Forfeiture, Boston CJA and Private Counsel Training, (Fall 2018)
  • Guest speaker, International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI), Canton, MA (Fall 2017)
  • Guest lecturer, Financial Fraud Investigations Course, Southwest Florida Public Safety Academy, Fort Myers, Florida

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

What's Notable In DOJ's 1st Cyber-Fraud Initiative Settlement

Verrill attorneys David G. Lazarus , Michael K. Fee , and Jeffrey Smagula recently wrote the article "What's Notable In DOJ's 1st Cyber-Fraud Initiative Settlement" published in Law360 . The article reviews the U.S...

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Early Asset Forfeiture Is Key Part Of Criminal Defense Plans

Verrill attorney David Lazarus was recently published in Law360 for his article "Early Asset Forfeiture Is Key Part Of Criminal Defense Plans." In the article Lazarus explains "asset forfeiture is a component of almost...

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New DOJ Task Force Announced Will Impact Health Care Providers & Prescribers in Northern New England

Major enforcement news was released today, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, for medical professionals and anyone working in or around the health care space in Maine , New Hampshire , and Vermont . The United...

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Connecticut’s new privacy law: What you need to know

As part of its growing privacy practice, Verrill is pleased to share this advisory on Connecticut’s new privacy law. Verrill is pleased to offer a sophisticated range of privacy and cybersecurity services. On May...

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How Growing Cyber Scrutiny Affects Corporate Compliance

Verrill attorneys David Lazarus , Michael Fee , and Jeffery Smagula authored an article published in Law360 on December 3, 2021 entitled "How Growing Cyber Scrutiny Affects Corporate Compliance." In the article Lazarus, Fee...

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