William H. Kettlewell

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Clients and Industries

Throughout his career, Bill has represented many different companies, executives and professionals. He has also served clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical, medical devices, financial services, industrial materials, environmental services, defense procurement and commercial fishing.

Practice Areas and Experience

Bill is a partner at Collora LLP handling both white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He has tried numerous civil and criminal cases in both state and federal courts, and he has assisted clients in responding to all types of government enforcement actions. He has also handled a number of sensitive internal corporate investigations.

Bill has successfully dealt with government investigations and enforcement actions arising out of alleged kickbacks, anti-trust violations, obstruction of justice, overbilling, false claims and fraud. He has also dealt with complex environmental crimes as well as ERISA and bank fraud issues.

His civil litigation experience includes the defense of clients involved in multi-district, private anti-trust actions, mass torts and the defense of commercial disputes, false advertising claims, qui tam and fraud actions.

Professional Experience Outside of Collora LLP

Bill served as a state and federal prosecutor for twelve years before joining Collora LLP in 1988. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was Chief of the President’s Organized Crime and Drug Task Force for New England and later Chief of the Criminal Division for the District of Massachusetts.

Sample of Results in Practice *

  • Obtained acquittal after jury trial for public official charged with domestic abuse in early 2016.
  • Served as co-counsel between 2013 and the present representing major health care provider in connection with multi-district litigation based in Boston.
  • As co-lead counsel, obtained a jury verdict in August 2012 permitting health care provider to deduct as a business expense $95 million of a civil settlement payment made to the United States in settlement of a false claims inquiry.
  • Secured a dismissal with prejudice after empanelment of a jury for a business executive charged with conspiracy to violate misbranding and controlled substance laws through his involvement with "so-called" internet pharmacies. Dismissal was filed by the government after destruction of exculpatory evidence by government agents came to light during the third day of trial.
  • Secured an acquittal in U.S. District Court in Boston of a pharmaceutical executive charged, along with 11 other defendants, with conspiracy to violate anti-kickback laws related to pharmaceutical marketing. Defense verdict was obtained despite a prior settlement between the company and the government, and despite negative publicity that included national television interviews with a company whistleblower.
  • Obtained acquittal after mistrial, together with co-counsel O’Melveny & Myers, for an international manufacturer of technology products charged with criminal price-fixing.
  • Obtained acquittal after jury trial for fishing industry fleet charged with criminal price-fixing.
  • Acting as co-lead counsel in defense of medical device maker charged with defrauding the FDA, obtained reversal of a conviction by means of successful appeal to First Circuit.
  • Successfully defended president of medical products division of a leading medical device company against multi-count felony indictment alleging health care fraud. Resolved the case through dismissal of all felony counts and a plea to a misdemeanor violation.
  • Successfully extricated international, industrial materials producer from multi-district, multi-defendant, civil anti-trust litigation by negotiating a favorable settlement after successful pre-trial advocacy, avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

* This sampling of cases represents a selected, small portion of this lawyer’s total experience and past performance is not intended to be a representation of likely future results, which must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Bill can provide a substantial list of citations to reported cases in which he was counsel of record upon request.

About Bill

Bill served as a trustee for his high school alma mater, Worcester Academy. Closer to home, he is past president of the Concord Little League and spent many years coaching Little League baseball. He also enjoys working in his yard where he can see the fruits of his labor come to life. When not out in the yard, he can be found at Fenway Park following the Boston Red Sox or at Soldier Field following the Chicago Bears.

Learn More About Bill

Education

  • Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1976
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, A.B., History & Government, cum laude, 1973

Admissions to Practice

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals, First, Third and Fourth Circuits

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chambers and Partners USA, Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense 2007-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014-2017)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense--White Collar (2005-2017)
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense - White Collar and Non-White Collar (2006-2017)
  • Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017)
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • "The Power List," Most Influential Attorneys of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2010-2013)  
  • Selected by Law Dragon as One of Top 500 Litigators in the Country (2005-2006)
  • Named One of the Top 10 Lawyers of the Year, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2004)

Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence

  • Panelist, "White Collar Health Care Fraud," American Bar Association conferences (multiple events)
  • Panelist, "White Collar Criminal Defense," Boston Bar Association seminars (multiple events)
  • Panelist, MCLE (multiple events)

Publications and Press

  • Contributor, "Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Legal commentary and analysis on various cases cited in the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and other regional press publications

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Trustee Emeritus, Worcester Academy
  • Death Penalty Representation Project, American Bar Association

Learn More About Bill

Education

  • Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1976
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, A.B., History & Government, cum laude, 1973

Admissions to Practice

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals, First, Third and Fourth Circuits

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chambers and Partners USA, Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense 2007-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014-2017)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense--White Collar (2005-2017)
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense - White Collar and Non-White Collar (2006-2017)
  • Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017)
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • "The Power List," Most Influential Attorneys of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2010-2013)  
  • Selected by Law Dragon as One of Top 500 Litigators in the Country (2005-2006)
  • Named One of the Top 10 Lawyers of the Year, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2004)

Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence

  • Panelist, "White Collar Health Care Fraud," American Bar Association conferences (multiple events)
  • Panelist, "White Collar Criminal Defense," Boston Bar Association seminars (multiple events)
  • Panelist, MCLE (multiple events)

Publications and Press

  • Contributor, "Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Legal commentary and analysis on various cases cited in the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and other regional press publications

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Trustee Emeritus, Worcester Academy
  • Death Penalty Representation Project, American Bar Association

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