Thomas Zeno, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, has joined the white-collar criminal defense practice at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, the firm announced today.
Zeno retired from the U.S. attorney's office last month after nearly 30 years as a federal prosecutor. He most recently coordinated the office’s health care fraud prosecutions and will be switching sides in his new job, focusing on health care fraud defense.
"I’ve been able to see the kinds of factors that prosecutors take into account when deciding when to investigate and bring charges and when to investigate and say 'No, let's ... look at other options,'" Zeno said in a phone interview this afternoon.
A May 30 article in the Washington Post chronicled Zeno’s career as a federal prosecutor.
Zeno will be joining a host of former prosecutors on Squire Sanders’ white-collar defense team. His new colleagues in the Washington office include partner Joseph Walker, a former prosecutor in the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, and senior counsel Donald Bucklin, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
“Federal and state governments have devoted significant resources to preventing health care fraud and abuse,” said David Grauer, who leads the firm’s health care practice, in a written statement. “Tom has the expertise and insight to help us effectively guide our health care clients…to prevent and defend these kinds of actions.”
Zeno will split his time between the firm's Washington and Cincinnati offices.