Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Franklin G. Monsour, Jr., former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, has joined the firm as a principal in the Government Investigations & White Collar Practice. Mr. Monsour will be splitting time between the firm’s New York office, where he is based, and the Miami office.
“Franklin’s depth of experience in both large-scale criminal and civil matters adds a distinct element to our white collar, investigations and complex litigation capabilities in New York, and across the firm,” said Joseph Walker, partner and head of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Practice.
An accomplished federal prosecutor, Mr. Monsour served the Southern District of Florida, where he gained significant experience in, among other things, criminal and civil healthcare fraud cases, criminal and regulatory Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cases and False Claims Act, qui tam, actions. He negotiated in excess of US$100 million in civil settlements on behalf of the US, including US$80 million against Walgreens in a drug diversion case – the then largest civil penalty ever recovered on behalf of the DEA. Mr. Monsour criminally prosecuted numerous cases involving fraud, narcotics and violent crimes, and successfully tried federal jury and bench trials to verdict in criminal and civil cases. Notably, he was co-lead counsel in the recent federal case of United States v. Serge Francois and Patrick Tonge that resulted in a one-month jury trial, convicting a compounding pharmacist and his employee of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, paying kickbacks and money laundering, in a vast scheme that defrauded the US military’s health insurance program of over US$30 million.
Prior to entering the public sector, Mr. Monsour worked for AmLaw 100 global firms in New York, where he conducted numerous internal investigations involving financial fraud cases and focused on international commercial litigation. Additionally, Mr. Monsour had a two-year clerkship with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
“I am very excited to rejoin private practice with Squire Patton Boggs,” said Mr. Monsour. “The firm’s accomplished team of white collar litigators, its national and global client base, and its culture of collegiality make it a perfect fit for me. I am looking forward to being a part of such a talented team.”
Mr. Monsour has received a number of notable recognitions for his service and career achievements, including a commendation by the DEA, the B.B. Allen Award for Excellence from the US Attorney’s Office, and nominations for a Department of Justice Attorney General’s Award and the Director’s Award from the Executive Office for US Attorneys.