Thursday, July 01, 2010
KNOW YOUR AKERMAN SENTERFITT PARTNERS: RALPH CACCIA, WHITE COLLAR CRIME DEFENSE
Co-Chair, White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice
750 9th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Ralph Caccia is Co-Chair of Akerman's White Collar Crime and Government Investigations practice. He is a former federal prosecutor and trial lawyer who for more than 20 years has focused his practice on white collar crime, the defense of government enforcement actions, political and congressional investigations, corporate internal investigations, and healthcare fraud. He has defended defense contractors and healthcare providers in criminal and civil False Claims Act investigations. Additionally, Ralph has handled numerous internal investigations for a variety of companies including a major aviation manufacturer, defense contractors, and healthcare providers and insurers. He recently concluded the defense of one of the nation’s largest scrap metal companies in a five-year Department of Justice antitrust investigation and the representation of a prominent non-profit association in a congressional investigation relating to pharmaceutical marketing. Presently, Ralph is defending executives in criminal antitrust investigations, off-label marketing of medical device investigations, and tax investigations.
Ralph has represented several individuals in public corruption investigations including a number of individuals identified in the investigation of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.). He guided several individuals through the investigation of former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.), the investigation of Atlanta’s Mayor Bill Campbell, and the investigation of U.S. Congressman Tom Delay (R-Texas). Earlier in his career he represented Enid Waldholtz, the Utah congresswoman who was the focus of a campaign finance investigation, as well as several witnesses in the Independent Counsel investigation of President Clinton.
During his tenure as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ralph prosecuted numerous jury trials in both the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. For two years, he exclusively prosecuted economic crimes. Ralph has received Special Achievement Awards from the Department of Justice for his work as a prosecutor and has received commendations from the Secret Service and the FBI for his successful prosecution of complex financial fraud cases.
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Federal Tax Litigation & Controversy
Healthcare Fraud & Abuse
White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Representation of a United States Senator in Department of Justice public corruption investigation of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Representation of a member of the United States House of Representative in an investigation alleging violations of campaign financing laws.
Representation of nation’s largest privately held scrap metal company in criminal antitrust investigation involving allegations of price fixing and market allocation.
Representation of various air freight executives in ongoing antitrust investigations being conducted by U.S. and foreign government agencies involving allegations of cartel activity and price fixing in the worldwide air and ocean freight market.
Representation of various airline executives in ongoing antitrust investigations being conducted by U.S. and foreign government agencies involving allegations of cartel activity and price fixing.
Representation of the manager of a tax preparation service in an investigation alleging the preparation of false tax returns for members of the Washington, DC police department.
Representation of a prominent health care non-profit association in Congressional investigation relating to pharmaceutical marketing.
Representation of a non-profit organization in Senate Congressional Investigation and Department of Justice investigation relating to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Representation of a Florida hospital in Department of Justice False Claims Act investigation relating to allegation that the hospital had submitted duplicate claims for the same services as both outpatient clinic and inpatient services.
Representation of a Tennessee hospital in parallel criminal and civil False Claims Act investigation involving allegations of payments to physician groups designed to induce referrals in violation of the Federal Anti-kickback and Stark Law.
Representation of a Georgia hospital in parallel civil and criminal False claims act investigation arising out of a whistleblower complaint alleging that the hospital submitted claims to the Medicare program that were tainted by improper financial and referral relationships with a physical group.
Representation of a major defense contractor in an investigation relating to allegations that it submitted false test certifications.
Durable Medical Equipment
Representation of a durable medical equipment supplier in a criminal investigation relating to allegations that improper payments were made to sales representatives as inducements to have patients purchase nebulizer medications through a company owned pharmacy.
Medical Device Off-Label Marketing
Representation of several high level executives of medical device company in Department of Justice investigation alleging that company illegally promoted its product for a procedure which had not been approved by the FDA for that purpose.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Representation of aircraft manufacturer in an investigation relating to allegations that improper payments were made to help secure the sale of its product to a company owned by a foreign government.
Conducted several internal investigations for publicly traded companies involving allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Representation of Comptroller of major software company in an investigation relating to misstatement of quarterly earnings.
The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2010, Listed in the District of Columbia for Criminal Defense: White Collar
Super Lawyers Magazine 2007-2009, Listed in Washington DC for Criminal Defense: White Collar
Super Lawyers Magazine, Listed in the "Corporate Counsel Edition" in D.C.
Washingtonian Magazine 2008-2009, Listed as a Top Lawyer: Criminal Defender
Federal Sentencing for Business Crimes Treatise, Co-Author, "Tax Offenses," December 2007
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Member
Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Member
District of Columbia Assistant United States Attorney's Association, Past President
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1990-1995
The 2010 Best Lawyers Ranking Honors 100 Akerman Senterfitt Attorneys (Aug. 26, 2009)
William C. Crenshaw Joins Akerman Senterfitt Litigation Practice in Washington, D.C. (Jun. 3, 2009)
Akerman Senterfitt Expands White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice in Washington, D.C. (May. 21, 2009)
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
B.A., Fordham University, 1983; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
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