Demme Doufekias is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office. She is co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group and a member of the False Claims Act Investigations + Defense Practice Group. Ms. Doufekias regularly represents corporations and individuals in complex criminal and civil investigations, from the initial steps of internal inquiries, through the simultaneous defense of criminal investigations, administrative proceedings, and civil litigation. She counsels clients on compliance matters; conducts internal investigations; and assists with due diligence for acquisitions, joint ventures, and other transactions. Ms. Doufekias has also successfully represented clients in federal and state trials.
Ms. Doufekias has significant experience defending pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies and their officers, directors and other executives in federal health care and false claims act investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration. Her clients have faced investigations in numerous areas, including “off-label” promotion of drugs and devices and other marketing practices, compliance with the federal Anti-Kickback statute and other disclosure laws and good manufacturing practices. She has experience representing clients in prosecutions using the “responsible corporate officer” doctrine, which allows the prosecution of executives for failing to prevent violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. She also advises clients on compliance matters related to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, as well as other aspects of their relationships with physicians and surrogates.
In addition to her health care practice, Ms. Doufekias advises clients on other criminal and enforcement matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She has represented clients in cross-border investigations and assisted clients in creating global anti-corruption compliance programs and with anti-corruption due diligence matters.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Doufekias worked in the White House Counsel’s Office during the Clinton administration, where she worked on various investigations by the Office of Independent Counsel, including Whitewater, campaign finance, presidential impeachment and the activities of various Cabinet members. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
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