William Gould is a litigator in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices. He is co-chair of the firm's Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Team. He focuses on government enforcement actions, internal investigations and complex civil litigation, working extensively on litigation and corporate compliance matters on behalf of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Mr. Gould's recent engagements include litigation and internal investigations involving the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. He also provides advice regarding risk management to companies in many sectors of the healthcare and defense industries. Mr. Gould currently holds a Top Secret/SCI level security clearance.
Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Gould was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for more than 10 years. From 2002 until 2008, Mr. Gould was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia. During his tenure in the Western District of Virginia, he investigated and tried a range of federal cases, including RICO conspiracy, public corruption, white-collar crime and fraud, continuing criminal enterprise, capital murder, cybercrime, civil rights, immigration, narcotics and environmental offenses. In addition, Mr. Gould investigated and prosecuted cases dealing with both domestic and international terrorism. He also litigated extensively before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
As the Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Gould supervised the District's Charlottesville and Harrisonburg offices. In this position, he was in charge of all aspects of the management of the two offices, including approving new cases and proposed indictments; overseeing grand jury practices; acting as liaison to the judiciary, federal and local law enforcement agencies, and the Justice Department; and evaluating and supervising all attorneys and personnel, including the District's Appellate Chief. In addition, Mr. Gould was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for two specially assigned investigations in the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia.
From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Gould was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia where he investigated and tried numerous cases involving various criminal offenses. Mr. Gould also argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Gould was an associate with an international law firm based in New York City. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Morton A. Brody, U.S. District Court Judge in the District of Maine. From 1999 to 2011, Mr. Gould was an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.
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