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Squire Sanders Continues to Expand Its Global White-Collar Defense Practice With Another Seasoned Fraud Prosecutor

Former Assistant US Attorney Thomas E. Zeno Brings More Than 25 Years of Experience in Fraud Prosecutions and Investigations

2 June 2011

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey continues to expand its white-collar criminal defense and investigations expertise with the addition of Thomas E. Zeno.

Zeno brings more than 25 years of experience in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted and coordinated investigations into a wide range of economic crimes. Most recently, Zeno coordinated the office’s health care fraud investigations and prosecutions.

“Tom has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and distinguished members of the bench in some of the country’s highest profile matters; we are overjoyed that he will be joining us in both our Cincinnati and Washington DC offices,” said Stephen C. Mahon, Cincinnati office managing partner.

“Tom is an outstanding trial lawyer, and, as The Washington Post reported May 30, throughout his impressive career he has consistently distinguished himself among judges, prosecutors and defense counsel as a lawyer of impeccable integrity. We are thrilled Tom has joined us,” said John A. Burlingame, Washington DC office managing partner.

Mahon and Burlingame said Zeno’s broad background complements Squire Sanders’ existing strength in the white-collar criminal defense arena.

The Squire Sanders white-collar team includes Washington DC partner Joseph Walker, a former prosecutor in the US Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Fraud Section; Miami partner Rebekah J. Poston, a former Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Florida; Phoenix Of Counsel Diane J. Humetewa, the former US Attorney for the District of Arizona; Washington DC senior counsel Donald T. Bucklin, a former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia; and Washington DC Of Counsel Peder A. Garske, who focuses his practice on international litigation involving complex fraud, debt and securities claims.

Zeno’s experience with health care fraud bolsters Squire Sanders’ ability to advise its diverse health care client base, which includes hospitals and health care systems, long-term care entities, physician groups, home health care entities, hospice and durable medical equipment providers, retail pharmacies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies, regarding federal and state anti-kickback law, Stark Law, billing and false claims matters, and qui tam actions. 

“For some time, federal and state governments have devoted significant resources to preventing health care fraud and abuse, as well as investigating and prosecuting violations, and will continue to expand these efforts into the future,” said David W. Grauer, who leads Squire Sanders’ health care practice. “As a former prosecutor who coordinated health care fraud and abuse investigations and actions, Tom has the expertise and insight to help us effectively guide our health care clients in the development of compliance programs and other strategies to prevent and defend these kinds of actions.”  

“I look forward to joining Squire Sanders’ steadily expanding white-collar defense team,” Zeno said.

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