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Erica Blachman Hitchings

"Erica is not only a smart and talented attorney, but also someone whose energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to her work shine through immediately when you meet her."
- former DOJ supervisor

Erica Blachman Hitchings became a member of the Whistleblower Law Collaborative LLC after nearly nine years in the U.S. Department of Justice where she successfully investigated, litigated, and settled a wide range of False Claims Act cases.

Ms. Hitchings joined the Department of Justice as a member of the prestigious Attorney General’s Honors Program in 2009, after spending two years clerking for the Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  She first served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Fraud section in Washington, D.C. and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California.  Over the course of her career at DOJ, Erica B Hitchings conducted dozens of health care, procurement, and other fraud investigations that resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars by the United States.

In the health care fraud arena, for example, Ms. Hitchings investigated and successfully resolved allegations that a nationwide skilled nursing home chain submitted false claims for skilled therapy services; that a large hospital system admitted patients who could have been treated on a less costly, outpatient basis; and that sleep centers used unlicensed technicians to administer overnight tests to unwitting patients.  Ms. Hitchings also has significant expertise in the area of Medicare Advantage, Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback statute, and pharmaceutical off-label marketing schemes.  More specifically, Erica simultaneously ran two cutting-edge Medicare Advantage fraud investigations while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, one of which recently resulted in a $90 million recovery and another in which the government has intervened and alleged over a billion in false claims.

Erica has taken False Claims Act cases from start to finish and brings this experience to bear each day—whether analyzing challenging legal issues, counseling a client, or meeting with government counsel.

Ms. Hitchings was a member of a procurement fraud litigation team that recovered over $250 million from numerous technology and consulting companies, including Accenture LLP and EMC Corporation, for allegedly defrauding the government through pricing and kickback schemes.

In addition to her fraud enforcement work, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Erica B. Hitchings coordinated the civil rights enforcement program of her division and defended government agencies in an array of civil litigation, including administrative, constitutional, and environmental matters.  She was also a member of the Office’s Diversity Committee.

Ms. Hitchings has been a frequent speaker on topics of health care fraud and False Claims Act developments, and she designed a training curriculum that will boost the affirmative investigation and litigation skills of government attorneys throughout the country.

Erica B. Hitchings was a member of the Dartmouth College women’s soccer team and spent four years prior to law school teaching history, coaching soccer and basketball, and serving as a social justice program coordinator for teens.

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2007
  • State of California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2023
  • Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Law (Health Care Fraud and Abuse Seminar)
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, President’s Council
  • Federal Bar Association, Qui Tam Section Advisory Board
  • Alumni Mentor in Residence, Stanford Law School
  • Consultant, Public Rights Project
  • Member, Stanford Law Review
  • Executive Board Member, Stanford Journal for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Whistleblowing: Knowing Your Rights and Setting Your Expectations, a forum presented by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, June 5, 2024
  • False Claims Act 101: A Primer on the False Claims Act and Its Qui Tam Provisions, Central New York False Claims Act Symposium, hosted by the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, May 9, 2024
  • The Public-Private Partnership Between Relator’s Counsel and Government: Everything You Never Knew You Never Knew, 11th Annual Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement, ACI,
    January 23-24, 2024
  • Every Case is a Part C Case Now: How Relators Can Help Stymie the Scourge of Fraud in the Medicare Advantage Space, The Anti-Fraud Coalition 23rd Annual Conference (formerly Taxpayers Against Fraud), October 18-20, 2023
  • Enforcement Trends in the AKS, EKRA, FCA and more–plus How to Proceed (or not) under the Many Recent DOJ Guidance Documents, AHLA Fraud and Compliance Forum, September 27-29, 2023
  • Whistleblowers: Capitalism’s Protectors, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, April 27, 2023
  • Causation Conundrums in Kickback-Focused False Claims Act Cases, Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Roundtable, March 16, 2023
  • Settlement Landmines: New Dangers and How to Avoid Them, Federal Bar Association 2023 Qui Tam Conference, February 16-17, 2023
  • Co-Chair, 10th Annual Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement, ACI, January 2023
  • How Managed Care Fraud Has Exploded Into a Hundreds of Billion Dollar Industry for Private Insurers, Intermediaries, and Vendors, Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference, October 27, 2022
  • Whistleblowers: Knowing Your Rights and Setting Expectations, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, August 3, 2022
  • Practical Advice for Identifying and Working Up a Qui Tam Case, American Association of Justice, July 26, 2022
  • Ethical, Legal, Business, and Psychological Aspects of Whistleblowing, Colorado Law, April 12, 2022
  • Celebrating the False Claims Act, National Whistleblower Center, March 2, 2022
  • Pandemic-Related Fraud and the FCA, 2022 Qui Tam Conference, Federal Bar Association, February 25, 2022
  • False Claims Act Today – District of Massachusetts, Federal Bar Association, Qui Tam Section, April 12, 2021
  • What Makes a Successful Qui Tam Case? Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Conference, February 2021
  • False Claims Act Fundamentals, American Bar Association Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Institute, December 2020
  • Hot Topics and Trends of 2020 in the False Claims Act, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference, October 2020
  • First Circuit Decision is a Win for Statutory Interpretation, co-authored with David Lieberman, Law360, March 2020
  • New Developments in the Courts Influencing the False Claims Act, Government Fraud, & Qui Tam Litigation, ACI Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement, January 2020
  • False Claims Act Trial Skills, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference, October 2019
  • Discussing DOJ Civil Enforcement and False Claims Act Strategy, Practising Law Institute, October 2019
  • Partnering with the Plaintiff’s Bar, Moderator, Public Rights Project Affirmative Leaders Fellowship Training Institute, October 2019
  • False Claims Act 101, American Health Lawyer’s Association (AHLA) Fraud and Compliance Forum in Baltimore, MD, September 2019
  • Government Win in AseraCare Benefits Both Sides, co-authored with Derek Adams of Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Law360, September 2019
  • Federal Enforcement Targeting Pharmaceutical Supply Chain, 4th Annual Mintz Levin Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Industry Summit, Boston, MA, April 2019
  • Pretrial Pleadings & Discovery in FCA Cases, American Bar Association National Institute on Health Care Fraud, May 2018
  • Conquering E-Discovery, U.S. Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Instructor, April 2017
  • The Anti-Kickback Statute, U.S. Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Instructor, August 2016
  • Enforcement of Healthcare Fraud, CLE International, October 2014
  • Special Commendation for Outstanding Service in the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Best Lawyers® 2023-24, Employment Law
  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyer 2021-23
  • Public Interest Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Phi Beta Kappa & Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College