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Waller

Bill Athanas

Bill Athanas

Partner

Expertise

  • False Claims Act (FCA)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Government Investigations & Crisis Management
  • Healthcare Government Investigations

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Waller
Alabama, U.S.A.

Profile

Bill's clients include those accused of federal crimes, facing SEC enforcement actions, as well as healthcare providers confronting False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits. He also assists witnesses called to testify in federal and state grand jury investigations, and companies subpoenaed to produce documents in ongoing investigations.  Whether as part of ongoing government inquiries or otherwise, Bill also regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries.

In counseling clients, Bill draws on almost twenty-five years' experience handling complex white-collar criminal matters - both as a federal prosecutor and defense counsel - to provide an insider's perspective on the range of issues presented whether individuals and companies find themselves in the government's sights or are simply drawn into investigations as witnesses. He has tried over twenty cases to verdict, including fifteen in federal court, and represented scores of individuals and companies facing government inquiries.

In addition to the experience outlined above, Bill's in-depth knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enables him to counsel clients engaged in international business on anti-corruption issues.  His experience in this area includes advising companies operating in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, gaming, pharmaceutical, automotive, apparel, resource extraction and professional sports. As part of this work, he regularly provides training for key employees, creates and enhances anti-corruption policies and protocols, conducts internal investigations and provides day-to-day advice and counsel as FCPA issues arise.

From individuals facing federal criminal charges to healthcare companies, manufacturers and financial institutions facing government inquiries, clients appreciate Bill's capacity to fully comprehend their issues and help them navigate high-stakes investigation and enforcement actions.

Bar Admissions

Alabama
Massachusetts
New Hampshire

Education

J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1995
B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1992
Areas of Practice

False Claims Act (FCA) | Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) | Government Investigations & Crisis Management | Healthcare Government Investigations | Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Chair, White Collar Crime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the Alabama Bar (2014-present)
Chair, Alabama Bar Association, International Law Section (2011-present

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