HPM Welcomes 15-Year DOJ Veteran, John W.M. Claud, to the Firm

November 15, 2022

Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. (“HPM”) is pleased to announce that John W.M. Claud has joined the firm as Counsel. Mr. Claud is a 15-year veteran of the Department of Justice, where most recently he was an Assistant Director of the Consumer Protection Branch overseeing the Corporate Compliance and Policy Unit. At DOJ, Mr. Claud prosecuted and supervised complex criminal and civil trial litigation and investigations under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, Consumer Product Safety Act, and Federal data privacy laws. He also held leading roles in DOJ’s response to multiple significant national health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019 EVALI vaping crisis, and the 2012 New England Compounding Center fungal meningitis outbreak.

Mr. Claud was the national coordinator of DOJ’s oversight of criminal prosecutions under the FDCA and has extensive knowledge of issues concerning corporate compliance best practices, health care fraud, telemedicine, and pharmacy compounding. He has won numerous awards for his work in groundbreaking prosecutions,  Mr. Claud is also an accomplished trial lawyer, having started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan before joining DOJ. He is a frequent public speaker on matters of government enforcement strategies under the FDCA as well as corporate compliance best practices.

At HPM, Mr. Claud will represent regulated entities on litigation, enforcement, and compliance matters, internal investigations, and data privacy concerns. He also will advise clients on matters related to compliance with the Controlled Substances Act and DEA regulations, and matters involving drug compounding, telehealth, and telemedicine.

“I was on the other side of the table against Hyman Phelps several times during my career as a prosecutor,” said Claud. “In each instance, I came away thinking more of the firm both as worthy opponents in litigation and as thoughtful people. I am really lucky to work with attorneys who are expert in this practice area.”

Mr. Claud graduated from Trinity College (CT) in 1991 with a B.A. in history, the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs in Denver with a master’s degree in criminal justice, and is a 2000 graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, cum laude. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.

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