Benesch White Collar Practice Keeps Growing with Hire of Former Federal Prosecutor Stephen Lee

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Benesch continues the expansion of its Chicago office through
high-profile lateral hires, the firm is pleased to announce that former
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Lee has joined their White Collar,
Government Investigations & Regulatory Compliance Practice Group.

For almost 20 years, Lee has handled complex cases both as a federal
prosecutor in Chicago specializing in health care fraud and as a
white-collar criminal defense attorney representing large companies
managing investigations. This unique background helps Lee to provide
current perspective on solving today’s problems and avoiding tomorrow’s.

“Stephen’s versatility is unmatched,” said Benesch’s Managing Partner
Gregg Eisenberg. “He has dealt with some of the largest, most complex
cases in the nation. Stephen has successfully overseen dozens of trials
and appeals on behalf of the United States and has appeared before the
U.S. Supreme Court. His health care experience will also serve our
clients, as Stephen has advised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services, the Illinois Task Force to Eliminate Health Care Fraud, and
other entities on how to address fraud, waste and abuse.”

As a federal prosecutor in Illinois’ Northern District, Lee represented
the U.S. in multiple trials involving the Anti-Kickback Statute,
including one that resulted in a Seventh Circuit opinion now relied upon
to clarify some aspects of the law. He also handled multiple fraud cases
involving chief executive officers and owners accused of fraud,
kickback, and obstruction charges. He was the lead prosecutor in two
local cases against doctors stemming from the 2015 action led by the
Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint
initiative between the Department of Justice and HHS, which, at the
time, were part of the largest national Medicare fraud takedown in

Additionally, Lee represented the U.S. in cases and investigations
involving Ponzi schemes, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and securities
fraud. He was also the senior counsel to the health care fraud unit
established by Acting U.S. Attorney Joel R. Levin in Chicago in 2017.

Benesch’s White Collar, Government Investigations & Regulatory
Compliance Practice Group is led by Mark J. Silberman, himself a former
federal and state prosecutor, who also has experience as general counsel
to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Silberman has built a
team that has frontline insights into government investigations and

“The White Collar division aims to help clients not just with managing
ongoing government investigations, but to take proactive steps to avoid
government investigations altogether,” said Silberman. “The hiring of
Stephen adds to the White Collar division’s already deep bench of
talent. As a former federal prosecutor, Stephen helped design the
government playbook, and his wealth of experience makes our Chicago
office the epicenter of white collar investigations.”

Lee’s hiring reflects continued momentum for Benesch, which has been
growing aggressively in Chicago and expanding its national footprint as
part of a strategic plan launched by Eisenberg in 2015. In all, 60
attorneys have joined the firm in the last 18 months, which has also
seen the opening of offices in Chicago and San Francisco and the
expansion of practices including class action litigation, intellectual
property litigation and labor and employment. Since making its debut on
the AmLaw 200 list in 2016, the firm has advanced 15 places and is
currently ranked at number 180.

Lee graduated from Columbia Law School in 2000 and from Yale University
in 1995.

About Benesch

Benesch is an AmLaw 200 business law firm with offices in Chicago,
Cleveland, Columbus, Hackensack, San Francisco, Shanghai and Wilmington.
The firm is known for providing highly sophisticated legal services to
national and international clients that include public and private,
middle market and emerging companies as well as private equity funds,
entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, trusts and estates.
Benesch’s core practice areas include Corporate & Securities, Health
Care, Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property, Labor
& Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate & Environmental. Some of the
industries the firm concentrates in include Private Equity,
Agribusiness, Packaging, Specialty Chemicals, Coatings and Adhesives,
Specialty Distribution, Banking, Health Care, Polymers, Transportation &
Logistics, Energy & Natural Resources, Shale Oil & Gas, Construction and
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Katie Egan