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John Partridge, a Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s FDA and Health Care Practice Group and Chambers-ranked white collar defense and government investigations lawyer, focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, and complex litigation for clients in the life science and health care industries, among others. John has particular experience with the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including defending major corporations in investigations pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In its rankings, Chambers & Partners has reported that John’s clients regard him as a “smart and strategic tactician,” “incredibly responsive and thorough,” and “extremely knowledgeable.” In 2022, John was recognized by BTI as a Client Service All-Star.
Health Care Fraud and Abuse Matters. John has defended clients in criminal and civil enforcement actions relating to alleged health care fraud and abuse, including actions conducted by DOJ, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and State Attorneys General. His substantive experience includes cases involving allegations tied to, among other things, clinical trials, drug pricing, importation of regulated products, off-label promotion, product manufacturing issues, sampling practices, and anti-kickback issues relating to speaker programs, meals and travel, consulting arrangements, product support activities, patient support programs, physician locators, royalties, and investment interests. Among other current matters, John is defending:
Along with colleagues at Gibson Dunn, John wrote the criminal enforcement and pharmaceutical sampling chapters of PLI’s Pharmaceutical Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2023. In 2018, LMG named John “Best in Life Sciences” among its Americas Rising Stars.
FCPA and International Anti-Corruption Matters. John also has represented companies from multiple industries (e.g., life sciences, specialty chemicals, technology, telecommunications) in criminal and civil enforcement actions pursued by DOJ and/or the SEC and internal investigations relating to allegations of corruption involving ex-U.S. operations. In recent years, he defended a multinational medical device and pharmaceutical company in parallel DOJ and SEC securities fraud and FCPA investigations relating to the company’s activities in more than a dozen countries in Asia. Previously, he served as a member of an international team of Gibson Dunn lawyers assisting the compliance monitor appointed in connection with one of the largest FCPA settlements to date (Siemens AG). His compliance monitoring work includes activities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Compliance Counseling Matters. In addition to advising multiple publicly traded corporations on investigations and litigation relating to potential healthcare fraud and abuse and FCPA issues, John regularly counsels clients on the structure and effectiveness of their anti-corruption compliance programs.
Experience. Among other government investigation engagements, John has counseled clients on:
John also has represented clients in a variety of matters before state and federal courts and at the trial and appellate levels. Among other civil litigation matters, John has represented:
John also has appellate experience. In addition to appeals associated with certain cases listed above, his appellate matters include:
While seconded to the Denver City Attorney Office’s Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section, John tried more than twenty criminal cases to juries or the court.
Education and Clerkship. John received his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 2007. While there, he served as an Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review and was awarded the Law Review’s Board of Editors’ Award. John graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2002 with a B.A. in History and Psychology. Before joining Gibson Dunn, John clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 2007 to 2008.
Committees and Community Involvement. John serves as a member of Gibson Dunn’s Pro Bono and Hiring Committees—and as a Hiring Partner for Gibson Dunn’s Denver office. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of KIPP Colorado, a network of six college-preparatory public charter schools serving students in several neighborhoods in Denver. In the past, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, a non-profit dedicated to supporting access to justice for low-income residents of Colorado. In recognition of his community involvement and professional achievements, he was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” winner in 2019.
Admissions. John is admitted to practice law in the states of California and Colorado, as well as in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado and the Northern District of California.
Stanford University - 2007 Juris Doctor
Dartmouth College - 2002 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar