David M. Eskew

David is an accomplished trial attorney, a seasoned criminal and civil litigator, and a trusted counselor to institutions and individuals. He combines a practical, evidence-based, no-nonsense approach with deep expertise in criminal and civil investigations, with a particular focus on parallel investigations; False Claims Act defense; healthcare fraud; bank and wire fraud; government fraud, including COVID-19 and SBA loan fraud cases; computer fraud and abuse; bribery and corruption cases; tax fraud; and, identity theft cases.

David has been recognized by Chambers USA 2022 as a leading attorney in the categories of White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in both New York and New Jersey and for Healthcare. Clients describe David “as practical and smart” with “great judgment” and “a deep knowledge of government investigations relating to healthcare and the False Claims Act.” David also has a robust civil practice where he handles commercial disputes mainly on behalf of healthcare clients.

On the defense side, David has handled numerous high-profile fraud cases, obtained dismissals and deferred prosecution in charged cases in both the federal and state courts, and guided both individual and institutional clients through high-stakes investigations. In every case, David’s goal is to formulate a realistic, evidence-based strategy without unnecessary expense and inefficiency.

Before co-founding AEL, David had a distinguished 12-year career as a federal prosecutor in two different U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. He held multiple supervisory positions and prosecuted and supervised some of the country’s most significant fraud cases.

White Collar Criminal Defense in Complex Fraud Cases

David defends both institutional and individual clients in complex fraud cases. As a former federal prosecutor, David has a deep understanding of how federal criminal cases are put together and has successfully applied that experience to deconstructing investigations on the defense side. With a practical, no-nonsense and “evidence-based” approach, David has achieved incredible results for AEL’s criminal defendant clients. Oftentimes, the best result is the result no one ever hears about. Simply stated, in high-stakes criminal prosecutions, results matter and David and his partners have a proven track record of success. Representative white collar matters include:

  • Negotiated stipulated plea and sentence in a several years-long healthcare fraud pending in Kings County Supreme Court. Doctor pled to a lesser included offense on a single count of an 878-count indictment and received a sentence of probation and return of approximately $1 million in restrained assets. David also negotiated a contemporaneous resolution with NY OPMC, which permitted the doctor to keep his medical license. Read more about the case here.
  • Obtained dismissal of a felony healthcare fraud indictment in EDNY. Doctor pled guilty to a superseding information charging him with a non-intent misdemeanor offense related to misbranded drugs. Doctor received a sentence of 1 year probation. Read more about the case here.
  • Negotiated a “global resolution” in a parallel criminal and civil case in the SDNY. The U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss its felony healthcare fraud indictment against the client in favor of a civil-only settlement. AEL also resolved the underlying qui tam complaint. Read more about the case here.
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges in a loan fraud case on behalf of healthcare client in New Jersey State Court, Hudson County.
  • Represented subject in a fraud investigation in the DNJ related to fuel laboratory results. The case was declined for prosecution.
  • Obtained a sentence of probation for client in visa fraud/identity theft case in DNJ. Read more about the case here.
  • Representing c-suite executive in indicted healthcare fraud case related to compounding pharmacy in DNJ.
  • Representing high-profile defendant in cybercrime/bank fraud/computer fraud case in EDNY.
  • Representing a doctor in connection with a healthcare fraud investigation being conducted by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Special Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

Expert in Parallel Civil/Criminal Matters

David is an expert in so-called “parallel” cases in which the U.S. Department of Justice, state Attorneys General offices, and other federal and state agencies – sometimes together and sometimes separately – are investigating and prosecuting cases involving criminal, civil, and administrative penalties. David stands out among former prosecutors in that, as an AUSA, he handled and supervised both criminal and civil cases, gaining real experience in the myriad and unique issues that arise in parallel cases. He previously served as the Chief of the Health Care & Government Fraud Unit in the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he supervised a team of both criminal and civil AUSAs investigating and prosecuting cases against major multinational pharmaceutical companies, hospital systems, pharmacies, healthcare companies, doctors, and other medical professionals. Some of David’s notable parallel cases include:

  • Negotiated a “global resolution” in a parallel criminal and civil case in the SDNY. The U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss its felony healthcare fraud indictment against the client in favor of a civil-only settlement. AEL also resolved the underlying qui tam complaint. Read more about the case here.
  • Served as testifying expert witness in an arbitration proceeding related to matters arising under the False Claims Act (FCA) and Antikickback Statute (AKS).
  • Steered parallel criminal/civil fraud and False Claims Act (FCA) investigation involving a chiropractor to a global civil-only resolution.
  • Representing internationally-recognized health center in ongoing False Claims Act (FCA) investigation in EDNY.
  • Represented multiple subjects in a parallel civil and criminal investigation in EDNY related to alleged billing fraud at a large medical practice. Clients were not charged.
  • Representing several doctors and medical practices in connection with ongoing audit, overpayment determinations and prepayment reviews by private medical insurers. Representing practices in connection with unpaid and underpaid claims.

An Experienced, Hard-Nosed Litigator

David has personally litigated and supervised hundreds of complex civil and criminal cases. He has tried more than a dozen federal cases on both the prosecution and defense side. Against the backdrop of his extensive in-court experience, David crafts litigation strategies that are evidence-based, rooted in reality, and designed to win. He currently handles a wide variety of criminal and civil cases before the federal and state courts in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.

  • Successfully defeated multiple motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunctive relief in a commercial litigation in New Jersey State Court involving medical imaging centers. Negotiated settlement of the case without the need for depositions.
  • Representing owner of rehabilitation practice in commercial dispute in New Jersey.
  • Representing business owner in commercial dispute in New York state court.
  • Represented a client in a mandatory arbitration involving a dispute over an employee separation agreement.

Prior Government Service and Thought Leadership

Prior to co-founding AEL, David had a distinguished 12-year career with two separate U.S. Attorney’s Offices – as a civil AUSA in the EDNY and a criminal AUSA in the DNJ. Over the course of his career in public service, David held multiple supervisory positions, including Chief of the General Crimes Unit, where he was responsible for supervising and training all new AUSAs in DNJ; Chief of the Health Care & Government Fraud Unit, where he supervised a team of both criminal and civil AUSAs investigating and prosecuting healthcare and government fraud cases; and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, the number two position in the Criminal Division in DNJ. During his tenure as an AUSA, David tried over a dozen jury trials to verdict and prosecuted and supervised nationally-recognized fraud cases. He specialized in healthcare, cybercrime, bank/wire fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud and other major fraud cases. Among his many highlights as a prosecutor, he was one of a team of prosecutors that investigated and charged the “Newswire” case, a cutting edge “hacking and trading” conspiracy in which cybercriminals infiltrated major newswire agencies and then sold stolen material nonpublic information to securities traders before press releases were made public. He investigated, prosecuted and tried one of the largest ever “brick and mortar” ATM skimming cases. And, he investigated and prosecuted the largest ever government fraud against the GI Bill.

David regularly speaks at conferences and panels addressing the DOJ’s white-collar and healthcare enforcement policies and priorities, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), the federal False Claims Act (FCA), parallel proceedings, and corporate compliance. David has published articles in the ABA Litigation Magazine, the New York Law Journal, Law360, and other publications. David also taught a college course on Cybercrime.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David was an associate at a prestigious international law firm in New York City where he focused on creditors’ rights and restructuring matters. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Stuart M. Bernstein, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York.