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Professional Experience

The Law Offices of Stephen S. Stallings, Esq.

(2008-2010; 2014-Present): Manage complex litigation as lead trial attorney in federal and state courts. Litigate False Claims Act/qui tam matters. Represent clients in white-collar criminal investigations and defend charged cases through trial and appeal. Conduct internal investigations. Advise organizations on compliance matters.

Member and Chair of the White Collar and Government Enforcement Practice Group
Burns White, LLC

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2011-2014): Represented corporate and individual clients in civil, regulatory, and criminal government investigations and proceedings, with a focus on False Claims Act, Securities Fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, DOJ, FDA, HHS-OIG, and related matters. Served as lead trial counsel in federal civil, criminal, and False Claims Act/qui tam matters. Negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice to secure and implement non-prosecution, deferred prosecution, and compliance agreements. Conducted internal investigations into securities and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues on behalf of domestic corporations conducting business overseas. Conducted internal investigations into AKS, Stark, and other health care compliance matters on behalf of providers and physicians. Educated clients and practitioners on federal legal and compliance issues, including S.E.C., Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, qui tam/False Claims Act, and U.S. Sentencing Guidelines issues. Evaluated corporate compliance programs and measures. Prepared corporations, health care providers and financial institutions to respond to government investigations and audits. Advocated for victims of fraud. Managed a practice group of ten attorneys and related support staff.

Assistant United States Attorney
United States Department of Justice
United States Attorneys’ Offices

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida (2001 – 2008): Prosecuted complex securities fraud, corruption and corporate fraud matters through investigation, indictment, trial, and appeal. Supervised multi-year undercover securities fraud and gaming industry investigations. Handled significant foreign and domestic corruption investigations, including bribery schemes in Latin American nations and domestic municipalities. Investigated health care fraud and abuse allegations and reviewed potential False Claims Act violations. Led the successful prosecution of a $170 million bank fraud scheme – one of the largest ever uncovered in the Southern District of Florida. Prevailed as the lead trial lawyer at dozens of jury trials involving securities fraud, corruption, bank fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, undercover alien smuggling operations, armed robberies, and other federal crimes.

Equity Partner
Hunton & Williams, LLP

Miami, Florida (1999 – 2001): Managed and conducted all aspects of commercial litigation matters for multinational corporations and entrepreneurs in federal and state courts. Represented a national health care company in a $200 million dispute involving health care fraud and abuse issues. Led an internal investigation into potential Medicare fraud by a regional home health care provider. Led the successful efforts on behalf of a gaming industry entrepreneur’s estate to recover $60 million in corporate assets through state court, federal injunctive proceedings, probate estate court and bankruptcy adversary proceedings.

Associate Attorney
Holland & Knight, LLP

Miami, Florida (1994 – 1999): Handled securities fraud class actions, intellectual property disputes, health care litigation, accountant liability matters, bankruptcy proceedings, and other commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Conducted depositions and argued contested matters at hearings. Prevailed at trial on behalf of nursing home owners against a national medical management chain. Recognized as the firm’s top-producing associate in 1998.

Associate Attorney
Shutts & Bowen

Miami, Florida (1992 – 1994): Practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance coverage defense. Conducted bench trials, hearings and depositions.


  • University of Florida College of Law
    • Florida Law Review Title Standards Editor
    • Florida Law Review Executive Editor
    • J.D.with Honors, 1992
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Dean's List
    • Bachelor of Arts in History, 1989

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted pro hac vice in various federal and state courts throughout the country

Recognitions, Presentations, and Publications

  • Featured Presenter: Physician Compensation Leadership Forum (May 2018)
  • Author: Wait Not, Want Not: The Importance of the Statute of Limitations in Qui Tam False Claims Act Cases, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (Spring 2013)
  • Panelist for 2013 DRI Symposium on the Intersection of Corporate Governance and Criminal Law
  • Featured Speaker on Qui Tam Issues at 2011 Medicare Advantage Symposium
  • Panelist for 2011 ABA Seminar on Representation of Witnesses in Government Investigations
  • Legal Commentator: PCNC Night Talk (2011-2018)
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette source on federal criminal law (2011-2018)
  • Legal Intelligencer source on white collar criminal defense (2011-2018)
  • 2008 Excellence in Government – Gold Award – for Investigation and Prosecution of Corruption in the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office
  • Law Enforcement Agency Directors (LEAD) Award Recipient for 2007
  • Named a Top Government Lawyer of 2003 and 2004 by South Florida Legal Guide
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Award for Outstanding Prosecutorial Skills in Undercover Securities Fraud Investigation (2004)
  • Panelist on the Money Laundering Provisions of the Patriot Act at the 2004 South Florida Conference of Receivers
  • Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Transportation Award of Excellence (2003)
  • Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Immigration Law Enforcement (2002)
  • Nominated for Attorney General's Award in 2008 and 2004 and Department of Justice Director's Awards in 2004, 2005, and 2007
  • Appointed pro bono Guardian ad Litem to abused and neglected children (1994-1996) and pro bono counsel in protection from abuse cases (2011-2012)
  • Author: Accountant Liability-Putting Ultramares Out to Pasture, 42 FLA.L.REV. 563 (1990)