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Brett Switzer

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Brett Switzer has broad experience litigating civil and criminal disputes in state and federal courts. He focuses his practice in government enforcement and investigations.

Featured Experience

Defended health care providers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies/labs, etc. in qui tam civil False Claims Act (FCA) investigations and prosecutions, including successful resolution of such cases on motions to dismiss.

Represented a hedge fund investor in a suit brought by a bankruptcy trustee to "claw back" investment returns of approximately $700,000 based on allegations that the hedge fund had operated as an unlawful Ponzi scheme. We obtained a dismissal of the suit based on improper service, overcoming the trustee's argument that a dismissal would bar the trustee from re-filing suit by virtue of the expiration of the statute of limitations between the original filing and the dismissal.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Switzer is a member of the Firm's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group. His practice includes a wide array of complex civil and criminal defense work in a variety of federal government enforcement and investigation contexts. His recent experience includes/involves federal securities laws; health care laws and regulations; the False Claims Act; the Espionage Act of 1917; regulatory matters involving Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); and other alleged financial fraud and corruption.

In addition, Mr. Switzer has handled a variety of state and federal court litigation, including recent prosecutions of bank fraud claims on behalf of financial institution clients, private securities litigation including customer and member-initiated Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, and other matters of public interest, including matters implicating the Civil Rights Act.

Mr. Switzer has substantial experience in creditors' rights representation and landlord/tenant work. Before joining Baker Donelson, he completed a summer clerkship under the Honorable Judge Wendy L. Hagenau in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia and was recognized as a Tax Clinic Fellow distinction for his distinguished work in the Georgia State College of Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Representative Matters
  • Defended health care providers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies/labs, etc. in qui tam civil False Claims Act (FCA) investigations and prosecutions, including successful resolution of such cases on motions to dismiss.

  • Represented a hedge fund investor in a suit brought by a bankruptcy trustee to "claw back" investment returns of approximately $700,000 based on allegations that the hedge fund had operated as an unlawful Ponzi scheme. We obtained a dismissal of the suit based on improper service, overcoming the trustee's argument that a dismissal would bar the trustee from re-filing suit by virtue of the expiration of the statute of limitations between the original filing and the dismissal.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named to Georgia Trend's Legal Elite in the area of Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights, 2013, 2015
  • Executive Board – Law Alumni Council, GSU College of Law
Civic Activities
  • Member – CURE Young Professional Leadership Council
  • Member – Georgia State University Law Alumni Council
    • Vice President, Executive Committee
    • Chair, Student Relations Committee
Publications
Speaking Engagements

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 2012, cum laude
  • University of Georgia, BBA in Accounting, 2008

Admissions

  • Georgia, 2012
  • Georgia Supreme Court, 2013
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia

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