Governmental Investigation Attorneys

Your reputation is priceless, and the outcome of a governmental investigation or prosecution can have significant civil and/or criminal consequences. The Governmental Investigations team at O’Connell and Aronowitz is ready to represent you and your business.

Our Governmental Investigations team represents individuals and businesses facing federal, state or local government investigations.  Our attorneys develop appropriate strategies for dealing with the particular governmental agency or law enforcement entity, from requests for records to search warrants and subpoenas, interviews, Grand Jury investigations, and trials and appeals.

Our Governmental Investigations team handles:

  • Civil and Criminal fraud and abuse issues that can or will impact health care providers
  • Medicaid investigations by the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General
  • White Collar criminal matters in the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York, and in various Supreme and County Courts throughout the Capital District and New York State
  • State licensing agencies often seek to discipline, fine, suspend or revoke licensed professionals, and we provide representation in such matters

The Government Investigations Team

Our Governmental Investigations team is led by partner David Ross, who has held numerous prominent positions within New York State government as well as county governments. He was Acting Medicaid Inspector General for the State of New York for Governors Pataki and Spitzer, General Counsel of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), as well as the Director of all Medicaid audits and investigations for the OMIG.  Before joining the then-newly created OMIG, he had served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General handling civil and criminal investigations as well as court cases.

Richard Harrow is a 28-year veteran of the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where he conducted governmental investigations and prosecuted cases for 27 years.  Mr. Harrow was the Regional Director of the New York City Region Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and is a former Regional Director of the Albany Region Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Michael McDermott has extensive experience in criminal law, having served as Chief Assistant District Attorney in Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Mr. McDermott has supervised over 3 dozen homicide prosecutions, taking many to trial and verdict. He is also a court-appointed special prosecutor in homicide cases.

Related Practice Areas: Healthcare Fraud and Abuse, Health Law, and Criminal Defense.




54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

tel: 518.462.5601
fax: 518.462.2670

Saratoga Springs

1 Court Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

tel: 518.584.5205
fax: 518.584.5441