Larry Gondelman’s litigation experience becomes particularly relevant to clients when regulatory matters enter the rough and tumble world of litigation.

If the firm’s education and healthcare companies receive subpoenas from the Office of Inspector General, face False Claims Act charges, are asked to testify before a grand jury, or become embroiled in civil or criminal litigation, Larry is the first person they contact. His background as a litigation and trial attorney, coupled with considerable knowledge of the healthcare and education arenas, uniquely position Larry to resolve clients’ issues in the most efficient and effective possible way.

Since joining Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville to marry his expertise in regulatory enforcement with the firm’s unmatched reputation counseling healthcare and education companies and organizations, Larry has represented numerous clients in investigations by various Offices of Inspector General, Assistant United States Attorneys, and several divisions of the Department of Justice. He has tried a wide variety of criminal cases involving public officials, government contractors and executives of corporations, and has also conducted many internal investigations on behalf of companies in connection with alleged misconduct by employees.

Larry is skilled in positioning his clients’ cases for favorable disposition at very early stages – often, prior to government intervention. And in matters that do progress, Larry’s considerable record of advantageous and successful outcomes provides clients with an unmatched level of confidence and reassurance.

Some of Larry's accomplishments include:

  • Successfully persuaded the government not to intervene in a case brought by a former employee against a for-profit education company accused of violating regulations governing student eligibility under Title IV and incentive compensation. When the government declined to intervene, the former employee voluntarily dismissed the complaint. The case – had it proceeded – could have devastated the company’s future viability.
  • Efficiently resolved a case against another educational institution involving similar charges by filing a motion to dismiss, which was granted by the district court and affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented a manufacturer of orthotics and prosthetics in connection with criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s office. The government was insistent upon on a plea to obstruction of a government audit by the company’s owner. Ultimately, the government declined to prosecute, no civil actions were filed, and the case was resolved administratively to the client’s satisfaction.
  • Following the government’s threat to file a multi-million dollar civil False Claims Act case against a home healthcare provider, developed a white paper rebutting the charges and claims, and was shortly thereafter informed that the government would be taking no further action.
  • Successfully defended the former head trader of high yield bonds at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. in an administrative proceeding brought by the Division of Enforcement. After obtaining the dismissal of the charges against his client by an administrative law judge, argued the appeal before the full Commission, which ultimately affirmed the dismissal of the case.
  • Represented numerous individuals and companies in connection with formal investigations being conducted by the Division of Enforcement of the SEC and the Department of Enforcement of the National Association of Securities Dealers.
  • Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a member of the board of directors of a pharmaceutical company in an insider trading case brought by the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Publications:

  • "What the SEC Won't Tell You About Cease-and-Desist Orders," 28 Securities Regulation Law Journal 163, Fall 2000
  • "D.C. Vice - The Unconstitutionality of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Offenses," 10 District Lawyer 32, March/April, 1986
  • "False Claims Against the Government: Defense Tactics in a False Claims Prosecution," 17 American Criminal Law Review 399, Winter 1980
PRACTICE AREAS
Education
Healthcare
Litigation
Litigation – Education
Litigation – Healthcare
EDUCATION

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University, 1974

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

District of Columbia

HONORS & AWARDS

Member, Georgetown University Law Review

MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

Adjunct professor, White Collar Crime Seminar, American University Washington College of Law, 1984 –1988