Former Asst US Attorney Lisa Rivera Joins Bass, Berry & Sims
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Summary: Lisa S. Rivera, former Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee has joined Bass, Berry & Sims as a member of the law firm’s Litigation and Healthcare Fraud practice group.

With more than 20 years of combined legal experience including commercial litigation, criminal prosecution and pursuing healthcare False Claims Act cases, Rivera’s practice will focus on advising healthcare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device companies and other clients on matters related to both civil and criminal healthcare fraud and abuse, as well as government investigations and enforcement.


For the last 13 years, Rivera served in Nashville as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both criminal and civil divisions, with a focus on healthcare fraud during the last 10 years. She served as the civil and criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator for the Middle District of Tennessee and was responsible for the intake, review and coordination of all criminal and civil healthcare fraud investigations and cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and she also carried her own cases, investigating, prosecuting and resolving civil and criminal healthcare matters.

Rivera has extensive experience in litigation and jury trials, as well as the settlement of healthcare cases resulting in payments of millions to the government. She has also investigated government contract cases, and was successful in a 7-month jury trial involving government loan fraud, public corruption, bribery and kickbacks.

“We are excited to welcome Lisa to our team of healthcare fraud attorneys. Her extensive experience handling civil and criminal matters on behalf of the U.S. government will provide valuable insight for our clients,” said Brian D. Roark, head of the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force. “Lisa joins an elite group of partners, including John Kelly and Matt Curley, as former leaders in healthcare fraud for the U.S. government.”

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In addition to her role with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Tennessee, Rivera served on the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico, and as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, Florida. She also served as a clerk to the Honorable James C. Paine in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and had a private litigation practice.

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