WASHINGTON, August 22, 2012 – John C. Richter, 48, formerly vice president and deputy general counsel at WellCare Health Plans, Inc., is rejoining King & Spalding as a partner in its special matters and government investigations practice in Washington, D.C., effective September 4, the firm announced today. Richter, a veteran prosecutor with more than 20 years of legal experience, will focus primarily on health care investigations and qui tam cases.
“We are pleased to welcome our former colleague and friend John Richter back to the firm,” said Christopher A. Wray, leader of King & Spalding’s special matters and government investigations practice. “John’s extensive experience and leadership as both a federal prosecutor and a senior executive in the health care industry strengthens our ability to provide clients with superior service and essential insight into their business and their legal needs.”
Richter’s return to King & Spalding follows his two-year tenure at WellCare supervising litigation, internal investigations and business contracting at the $6 billion provider of managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs. At WellCare, he led the successful resolution of enterprise-threatening criminal and civil matters the company had been facing.
Richter formerly served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma and the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. In these capacities, he led comprehensive efforts at the national and local level to combat corporate, securities and health care fraud. In 2009, he received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General’s Award for Combating Medicare and Medicaid Fraud.
Before his appointments to senior positions in the Justice Department, Richter served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Georgia and Oklahoma, where he investigated and prosecuted white collar and public corruption cases. He also served previously as an Assistant District Attorney in Georgia. While at King & Spalding’s Atlanta office from 1994 to 1998, Richter represented individual and institutional clients in securities and other commercial litigation matters. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. degree from Emory University.
"I am delighted to be returning to King & Spalding,” said Richter. “I know from personal experience that King & Spalding is a great firm with talented lawyers. I look forward to joining an exceptional team and helping clients successfully negotiate the healthcare and government-regulated spaces.”
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