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305.373.9400
305.373.9443
bcurtis@broadandcassel.com

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Practice Areas:

Health Law
White Collar Defense and Compliance

Bar Membership:

Tennessee, 2001
Alabama, 2005
District of Columbia, 2014
Florida, 2015

Education:

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama, 2001
J.D., Juris Doctor

Spring Hill College
Mobile, Alabama, 1997
B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Affiliations:

The Florida Bar
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Benton Curtis 

Senior Counsel
Miami  Fort Lauderdale 

Mr. Benton Curtis is Senior Counsel in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel. He is a member of the Firm's White Collar Defense and Compliance and Health Law Practice Groups.

  • Mr. Curtis, a former federal prosecutor for ten years, focuses his practice on white collar criminal and civil matters and complex civil litigation, government investigations and compliance counseling, with a particular emphasis in the health care industry. He has tried over 25 federal jury trials around the country, and applies that experience when routinely counseling clients on fraud and abuse, Anti-Kickback, and Stark issues.
  • Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Mr. Curtis most recently served as an Assistant Chief for the Criminal Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice. In this role, he supervised investigations, prosecutions, and resolutions in the Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud Unit in multiple federal districts, including, at times, the Central District of California, the Middle District of Louisiana, and the Eastern District of New York. He likewise oversaw numerous corporate matters in other federal districts, investigating significant alleged schemes connected to the durable medical equipment, medical device, and skilled nursing facility industries, among others.
  • In addition to his duties as an Assistant Chief, Mr. Curtis also investigated securities fraud matters, principally high-yield investment and insider trading schemes, and alleged violations of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act in the gaming and entertainment industries.
  • Before his tenure with the Criminal Fraud Section, Mr. Curtis served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. During this stint, he spent the majority of his time in the office’s Economic Crimes Section, prosecuting health care fraud and other related white collar statutes. Notably, Mr. Curtis prosecuted the first ever Medicare Part C fraud cases in the United States after a host of national insurance companies were victimized by HIV infusion medication schemes in the Miami area. He also successfully prosecuted a group of conspirators who were illegally accessing/obtaining patient information from a major health care provider in the Miami area and brokering the information to local personal injury attorneys and clinics.
  • For his efforts, Mr. Curtis was the recipient of the Assistant Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award in 2011.
Mr. Curtis is an active member of various professional and community organizations, and frequently lectures on topics related to health care fraud and compliance.

Significant Cases

  • Represent Caribbean state-owned entity in civil lawsuit against former procurement officer and numerous former vendors (domestic and foreign), alleging elaborate kickback and bid-rigging scheme between the officer and vendors.
  • Represent co-principal of compounding pharmacy in connection with parallel civil and criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Represent former health care executive in connection with criminal investigation into alleged violations of the Federal Anti-Kickback and Health Care Fraud Statutes.
  • Represent prominent, public health care district and provide regulatory advice as needed.
  • Successfully represented global medical device company in obtaining temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctions against former employees who attempted to sell misbranded and adulterated devices.
  • Successfully represented significant Florida physician group in civil investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services into alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.
  • Represented Major League Baseball Player in connection with obstruction and perjury allegations.

Speaking Engagements

  • CBI's 3rd Annual Global Anti-Corruption and FCPA Compliance Congress, Panelist: Life Sciences Enforcement Updates, Trends and Predictions, January 2017 – Miami, Florida
  • HCCA's Managed Care Compliance Conference, Panelist: Going on the Offensive: Strategies for Investigating, Combating, and Affirmatively Litigating against Fraud, January 2017 – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • American Bar Association's 26th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Panelist: Enforcement Liability for Individuals: Executives in the Hot Seat, May 2016 - Indian Wells, California
  • The Florida Bar, Health Law Section, Panelist: When the Government Comes Knocking: How Physicians Should Respond, January 2016 - Orlando, Florida
  • HCCA's Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute, Panelist: Do External Evaluations of Compliance Program Effectiveness Matter?, October 2015 - Washington, D.C.
  • AHLA's Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, Panelist: Healthcare Fraud Enforcement 2015: Where Are We Today, and Where Are We Going?, February 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Lawrope Annual Conference, Panelist: U.S. Enforcement of Anti-Corruption Laws Around the World, October 2014 - Los Angeles, California
  • ABA Annual Conference, National Institute of Health Care Fraud, Key Note Speaker: Growing Trends in Health Care Fraud, May 2014 - San Francisco, California
  • Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Southern District of Florida, Panelist: Investigative Techniques in Health Care Fraud Prosecution, April 2014 - Miami, Florida
  • HCCA Annual Conference, Compliance Institute, Panelist: Responding to a Government Investigation: Best Practices for Achieving a Favorable Outcome, March 2014 - San Diego, California
  • Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Middle District of Tennessee, Speaker: Health Care Fraud Prosecution: The Strike Force Model, March 2013 - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Northern District of California, Speaker: Health Care Fraud Prosecution: The Strike Force Model, December 2012 - San Francisco, California
  • NHCAA Annual Training Conference, Panelist: Search Warrants, November 2012 - Anaheim, California
  • Law Enforcement and Attorney Training for Middle District of Tennessee, Speaker: Examining the Health Care Fraud Dilemma, December 2011 - Nashville, Tennessee
  • National Advocacy Center, Health Care Fraud Training Seminar, Panelist: Conducting Witness and Target Interviews, September 2009 - Columbia, South Carolina

Publications

  • Going on the Offensive with Combatting Fraud
    South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report
    May 2016