Overview

Vince Farhat is a partner in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office and is a member of the West Coast Litigation Group, Compliance Services Team, and Healthcare & Life Sciences Team. Mr. Farhat has extensive jury trial experience and focuses his practice on representing companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions by government enforcement agencies, as well as complex federal litigation. He also advises companies and tribal clients in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Farhat served as an assistant United States attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. In that position, he investigated and prosecuted white-collar crimes, including healthcare fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. While in the Major Frauds Section, Mr. Farhat served as the criminal healthcare fraud coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office and oversaw the investigative activities of the U.S. Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force for the Central District. He regularly worked with civil fraud attorneys and other prosecuting agencies in parallel fraud investigations. Mr. Farhat's criminal trial experience includes cases involving healthcare fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, immigration fraud and criminal forfeiture.

Before becoming a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Farhat was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office where he represented the United States in commercial litigation and other civil cases. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Farhat served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward Rafeedie, U.S. district court judge for the Central District of California.

Mr. Farhat works as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches white collar and healthcare law. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a commercial real estate broker and property manager.

Experience

  • Internal Investigations: representing companies in internal investigations arising from allegations of money laundering, kickbacks, tax reporting violations and embezzlement
  • Government Investigations: representing companies in U.S. Department of Justice investigations involving the Sherman Antitrust Act; Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and False Claims Act
  • Parallel Investigations: representing subjects in parallel SEC and FBI fraud investigations
  • Economic and Trade Sanctions: representing companies in investigations by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • False Claims Act Defense: represented chemical manufacturer in a False Claims Act lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, brought on behalf of the United States, 12 states and 188 local governments
  • Healthcare Litigation: Successfully represented network of full-service health centers in breach of contract action against government-run Medicaid health plan
  • Cyber Crime Defense: represented online video game company in a cyber attack investigation that led to the successful prosecution of the perpetrator
  • U.S. Attorney's Office: served as lead prosecutor in the Los Angeles "skid row" healthcare fraud investigation and secured the convictions of hospital executives for paying illegal kickbacks for the referral of homeless patients
  • U.S. Attorney's Office: served as lead trial counsel in the successful prosecution of a business owner for bankruptcy fraud and money laundering
  • U.S. Attorney's Office: served as trial counsel in the successful prosecution of a physician for performing unnecessary surgeries
  • U.S. Attorney's Office: successfully defended the Department of Defense in a multi-party trade secret misappropriation action brought by a defense subcontractor regarding Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) rail launch assembly

Credentials

Education
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.
  • American University, B.A., International Studies
  • Pepperdine University, MBA
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section; Health Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Southern California White Collar Regional Subcommittee
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section, Executive Committee
  • St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles, Executive Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • Loyola Law School, Health Law Alumni Advisory Board   
  • Greater Los Angeles Area Council Eagle Scout Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2014-2019
  • Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2012-2019

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