Kelly M. Cleary represents a broad-based group of clients in the health care industry, assisting these clients in matters related to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, compliance, internal and governmental investigations, and state, federal and international privacy laws.

Practice & Background

Ms. Cleary advises clients on a variety of federal fraud and abuse laws, including the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Law, and assists clients in conducting internal investigations and responding to governmental investigations. She also defends clients before administrative and judicial tribunals on matters relating to Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and reimbursement, as well as in lawsuits arising under the False Claims Act.

Ms. Cleary provides legal and policy advice and advocacy to a variety of health care industry participants. She has advised on numerous provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and is currently assisting clients with regard to implementation and potential legislative adjustments, with a focus on payment and delivery system reform issues.

As a member of the firm’s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice, Ms. Cleary regularly advises clients on issues arising under state and federal privacy, security and data breach notification laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flags Rule.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Cleary clerked for the Honorable Claude M. Hilton in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She served as editor-in-chief of the Catholic University Law Review.

Awards & Accolades

  • Named “Rising Star” by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2015).