Jennifer L. Spaziano
Jen Spaziano is co-chair of Skadden’s Litigation Group in the Washington, D.C. office. She represents a wide variety of clients in civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. She has extensive experience in class action litigation and in actions brought under the False Claims Act (FCA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). She has handled numerous appeals, including in the Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits. She also has assisted boards and audit committees in conducting internal investigations of potential corporate misconduct and corporate governance issues.
Ms. Spaziano’s representations include:
- an educational institution in FCA litigation pursued by qui tam relator involving allegations that the institution’s recruiting practices were non-compliant with federal law;
- a financial institution in multidistrict litigation in federal court involving slavery reparations and related unfair business practices claims;
- a health care company in FCA litigation pursued by qui tam relator involving allegations of FCA and state FCA-equivalent violations in the inducement and performance of obligations to administer health care benefits to Medicaid recipients;
- an information technology provider in an FCA investigation and subsequent civil litigation pursued by qui tam relators and the Department of Justice involving allegations of improper pricing in connection with government contracts;
- an insurance company in putative class action challenging under the FHA the consideration of credit-related factors in underwriting and pricing;
- an international bank in putative class action brought under the ATS by individuals whose husbands allegedly were imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and in litigation involving allegations that participants in the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program violated RICO;
- international banks in proceedings to enforce money judgments against Iran and the Sudan;
- a management and technology consulting company in federal securities fraud class actions; and
- a software developer in a trademark infringement action against an Internet search engine.
Notable opinions include:
- Grynberg v. Koch Gateway Pipeline Co., 390 F.3d 1276 (10th Cir. 2004) (affirming dismissal of relator’s qui tam action under FCA’s first-to-file bar);
- Karim v. AWB Ltd., No. 06 Civ. 15400 (GEL), 2008 WL 4450265 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2008), aff’d, 347 F. App’x 714 (2d Cir. 2009) (affirming dismissal of putative class action for lack of Article III standing);
- Mastafa v. Australian Wheat Board Ltd., No. 07 Civ. 7955 (GEL), 2008 WL 4378443 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 25, 2008) (dismissing putative class action for failure to state a claim);
- United States ex rel. Batty v. Amerigroup Illinois, Inc., 528 F. Supp. 2d 861 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (dismissing relator’s qui tam action under FCA’s first-to-file bar); and
- United States ex rel. Shultz v. DeVry Inc., No. 07-C-5425, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17015 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 4, 2009) (dismissing relator’s qui tam action under FCA’s public disclosure bar).
Ms. Spaziano has written about proposed and enacted federal legislation designed to expand and strengthen the FCA. She is the co-author of an InfoPAKSM for the Association of Corporate Counsel titled "Crisis Management in Litigation and Investigations: Parallel Proceedings, Competing Stakeholders, and Multiple Venues." She was selected as one of the 2014 "BTI Client Service All-Stars" by The BTI Consulting Group for providing outstanding client service. She also was recognized for her achievements as one of the "40 Lawyers Under 40" by Washingtonian magazine (July 2006).
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1995 (summa cum laude)
A.B., Boston College, 1992 (magna cum laude)