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Jason M. Crawford

Counsel

jcrawford@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2562
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Jason M. Crawford is a co-leader of the firm’s False Claims Act working group and has an active litigation and counseling practice focused on False Claims Act litigation, government investigations, mandatory and voluntary disclosures to the government, internal investigations, suspension and debarment proceedings, and civil litigation with state and federal entities.

Jason has written and presented extensively on the False Claims Act and is the co-host of the Let’s Talk FCA podcast which covers legal and policy developments involving the False Claims Act. 

Experience

False Claims Act Litigation

Jason defends government contractors, drug manufacturers, grant recipients, health care companies, importers, and construction companies sued under the False Claims Act by whistleblowers and the Department of Justice. Representative matters include:

  • (4th Cir. and D.S.C.) Litigating a qui tam suit brought against a major airline in connection with the repair of military aircraft. The court granted our motion to dismiss with prejudice, and the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the substantive FCA counts. 
  • (N.D. Ga.) Defending a subcontractor in False Claims Act litigation where the Department of Justice alleged that the subcontractor provided defective material on a government construction project. The case settled on terms favorable to the defendant.
  • (D.D.C.) Defending an individual in a False Claims Act suit brought by the Department of Justice alleging that the individual misrepresented the designated entity status of her company. After two years of motions practice and discovery, the counts against our client were voluntarily dismissed.
  • (C.D. Ill.) Representing a national partnership of physicians in a qui tam suit where the relator alleged that the defendant was “upcoding” when billing CMS. The case was dismissed.
  • (W.D.N.Y.) Representing a construction company in False Claims Act suit where the Department of Justice alleged that the company misrepresented its status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. The case settled on terms favorable to the defendant.
  • (W.D. Va.) Representing manufacturer in qui tam suit based on allegations that the company had misrepresented the performance of products sold to federal and state governments.
  • (C.D. Cal.) Defending a national managed care organization in a qui tam suit based on the fraudulent inducement and implied certification theories of liability. The court granted our motion to dismiss. 
  • (E.D. Mich.) Representing large defense contractor in False Claims Act suit brought by the Department of Justice.  The case resulted in a favorable settlement and release.  
  • (M.D. Fla.) Defending hospital operator against qui tam suit based on hospital’s alleged early discharge of Medicare patients. The case was dismissed.
  • (D.N.J.)  Representing a drug manufacturer in a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit alleging False Claims Act violations involving allegations of fraudulent pharmaceutical testing methods. The case was dismissed.
  • (D.D.C.) Defending a publicly-chartered travel corporation in connection with False Claims Act retaliation action alleging fraud. The case was settled for a nominal amount and dismissed.

Investigations

Jason helps clients conduct complex internal investigations and respond strategically to Office of Inspectors General inquiries, grand jury subpoenas, and civil investigative demands. Representative matters include:

  • (E.D. Cal.) Managing strategic response to Civil Investigative Demand served on a managed care organization in connection with a False Claims Act investigation. 
  • (E.D. Pa.) Representing a major food supplier in a False Claims Act investigation relating to federal Prime Vendor contracts for the provision of food in Afghanistan. Relator voluntarily dismissed qui tam suit after Crowell & Moring persuaded the Department of Justice to decline intervention. 
  • Conducting a large-scale internal investigation for a Fortune 100 company involving, inter alia, mandatory disclosure and False Claims Act considerations. 
  • Conducting internal investigation into potential violations of the Anti-Kickback Act.
  • Managing response to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service subpoena in connection with False Claims Act investigation involving allegations of defective pricing. 
  • Conducting internal investigation regarding a manufacturer’s alleged shipment of non-conforming goods. 
  • Performing complex internal investigation and managing disclosure in connection with a subcontractor's provision of Defense Base Act related services in war zones. 
  • Conducting internal investigations regarding unallowable travel costs and labor mischarging on government contracts. 

Suspension and Debarment Defense

  • Successful representation of publicly-traded company in proposed debarment proceeding before the General Services Administration. 
  • Successful representation of oil and gas exploration and production company in proposed debarment proceeding before the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Jason received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and George F. Baker Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating, he attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied modern history and politics.  Jason clerked for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. As a student at Georgetown University Law Center, Jason interned with the Department of Justice and in the chambers of the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Education

  • Georgetown University, B.A.
  • University of Oxford, Brasenose College, M.A./B.A.
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, Supreme Court of the U.S., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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5 Takeaways As DOJ Finds Footing In FCA Dismissal Crusade Law360 (November 15, 2019)
In the News
"Managing Emerging Compliance and False Claims Act Risks," National Association of Surety Bond Producers Webinar (November 5, 2019). Speakers: David B. Robbins and Jason M. Crawford.
Speech/Presentation
"Small Businesses in Federal Government Contracting," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Olivia Lynch; Panelists: Jason M. Crawford and Zach Schroeder.
Speech/Presentation
"Let's Talk FCA: Cybersecurity Risks (October 2019)," Podcast: Let's Talk FCA (October 15, 2019). Contacts: David B. Robbins, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Jason M. Crawford
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Let's Talk FCA: Small Business Subcontracting (September 2019)," Podcast: Let's Talk FCA (September 26, 2019). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Olivia Lynch, Jason M. Crawford, Gabrielle Trujillo
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Zero Hour: Contractors Face Increased FCA Exposure for Cybersecurity Noncompliance," False Claims Bullet Points (September 25, 2019). Contacts: David B. Robbins, Evan D. Wolff, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Jason M. Crawford, Michael G. Gruden, CIPP/G
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Gotta Have (Good) Faith-FCA Risks Arising From Small Business Subcontracting," The Government Contractor (September 18, 2019). Authors: Jason M. Crawford, Olivia Lynch, and Gabrielle Trujillo.
Publication
"Defending Cybersecurity False Claims Act Allegations," Bloomberg Law (September 18, 2019). Authors: Jason M. Crawford, David B. Robbins, Kate M. Growley, and Michael G. Gruden.
Publication
"If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get: Hearings Not Guaranteed in "Granston Memo" Dismissals," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 17, 2019). Contacts: Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford, Payal Nanavati
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Let's Talk FCA: Customs Fraud (August 2019)," Podcast: Let's Talk FCA (August 13, 2019). Contacts: Frances P. Hadfield, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Jason M. Crawford
Client Alert/Newsletter

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