Litigator George Breen protects individuals and organizations involved in the health care and life sciences industries at the first sign of government inquiry into alleged violations of the federal and various state False Claims Acts, privacy rules, civil monetary penalty laws, and other obligations. Clients value his long-game defense strategies, which reflect decades of regulatory counsel and high-impact advocacy before government agencies, judges, and juries. When business disputes arise, clients also look to George to resolve commercial litigation threats, like claims of breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and of fraud.
During federal and state government investigations, clients rely on George’s many years of litigation experience in addressing demands and advancing arguments. He positions clients well before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and other regulators, where he is known as reliable and knowledgeable. Should negotiations turn unproductive, George is trial ready and tested. His continuity of counsel has prevented clients from suffering the imposition of enormous costs, business destruction, and exclusion from health care programs.
With a collaborative and practical approach, George works to reduce the stress and limit the disruption that he knows investigations and litigation can bring. Recognizing the challenges that regulatory compliance brings to all his clients—insurers, health systems, providers, drug and device manufacturers and suppliers alike—whether in conducting internal investigations or addressing daily operations, George strives to find compliance solutions to align with business goals.
George also serves the industry and profession as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Health Law Association and through his pro bono practice.
He is a frequent lecturer and author on issues related to health care fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, and trial practice. He as a member of Law360′s Health Editorial Advisory Board and his commentaries have been published in newspapers and other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare, and Law360, and also by Bloomberg and Reuters.
George holds several leadership positions within Epstein Becker Green, including as Chair of its National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee, as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and as Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee in the Washington, DC, office.
In addition to his professional activities, George devotes significant time to charitable and nonprofit organizations and is active in his community. He has served as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and he has coached in the Fort Hunt Little League and the Northern Virginia Junior CYO Basketball Program.