Drew B. Howk


Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
500 N. Meridian Street
Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1293

Phone: (317) 429-3607
Fax: (317) 633-4878
Email: ahowk@hallrender.com
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Drew Howk is an associate in Hall Render’s litigation practice group, devoting his practice to defending clients against government and whistleblower actions alleged under the False Claims Act and representing health care and business clients in  commercial litigation, including federal multi-district litigation and appeals.  In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Howk is also an adjunct professor at Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, where he teaches an undergraduate course on the legal aspects of health care administration. Before joining Hall Render, Mr. Howk graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law with a Certificate in Health Law and was inducted into both the Woolsack and Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies. Mr. Howk was the editor-in-chief of the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy, participated as a member on the National Moot Court team and clerked with the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

Preparatory Education

  • Wabash College, B.A., cum laude – 2008

Legal Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Certificate in Health Law – 2012

Admitted to Bar

  • Indiana – 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana – 2012
  • U.S. District Court, New Mexico – 2016

Representative FCA cases

United States ex rel. Herron v. Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group, et al., settled in the Southern District of Indiana. Represented the physician practice and individual physicians in a whistleblower case alleging over-billing of evaluation and management codes.

United States ex rel. Coots v. Reid Memorial Hospital, dismissed, in the Southern District of Indiana. Represented the hospital in a whistleblower case alleging  Stark Act and Anti-Kickback violations, upcoding of services and the use of false diagnostic codes.

False Claims Act Articles

Third Circuit: Pharmacist’s Claims Do Not Survive Public Disclosure Bar

N.D. Ill.: Upcoding Allegations Against Hospitalist Group Survive Motion to Dismiss

Self-Disclosure, the Public Disclosure Bar and the FCA – Uncertainty, Circuit by Circuit

CMS Announces Further Delay of Repayment Rule

Federal Court Rejects Fraud Claim

DOJ Seeks to Nearly Double Health Care Fraud Litigation Budget for 2016

Seventh Circuit: “Information and Belief” Insufficient under 9(b)

First Circuit: A More Detailed Complaint Fails to Pass First-to-File Bar

Eastern District of Tennessee Denies Interlocutory Appeal of Order Permitting Sampling to Prove Liability

DOJ Announces that 2014 Sets Record for FCA Recoveries and Whistleblower Lawsuits

Seventh Circuit: E-Rate Suit Survives Public Disclosure Bar

Fifth Circuit: Telecom Corporations Not Subject to FCA Claims on E-Rate Allegations

Relator’s Damages and Documentation Theories Rejected in Halifax

Privileged Compliance Investigations: A Strategy for Avoiding Retained Overpayment FCA Actions

DOJ Intervenes in Retained Overpayment Suit

D.C. Circuit: Compliance Investigations Are Privileged

Eighth Circuit: Public Disclosure Bar Includes Public Commission Testimony

FCA Defendant’s Counterclaim for Breach of Confidentiality Agreement Proceeds

Eleventh Circuit: “Worthless Services” Claim Constitutional in Criminal Fraud Case

Eighth Circuit: Regulatory Noncompliance Does Not Violate FCA

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