ALICE H. MARTIN is CEO of Martin Legal & Compliance Services, LLC where she specializes in advising Firm clients in internal investigations, white-collar civil and criminal defense, compliance consulting, and helping individuals and companies comply with federal laws. With over 38-years’ experience successfully prosecuting and defending individuals and companies accused of various white-collar crimes, her experience in and out of the courtroom, provides you skillful guidance.
As a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama, her experience includes successful litigation in complex public corruption and white-collar matters, including health care fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, securities fraud, financial institutions fraud, and consumer fraud. Alice is an experienced trial attorney with an early career as an Assistant US Attorney successfully first-chairing civil and criminal trials as well as appeals. During her 20 years as a prosecutor, she investigated and prosecuted individuals and companies in civil and criminal matters both in federal and state courts. In the private sector she has used that expertise to successfully represent corporate clients and prominent individuals in internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and resolve white collar civil and criminal matters.
Coordinating a phalanx of government lawyers, accountants, and F.B.I. agents from Washington, Atlanta and Birmingham, she wrested guilty pleas from 11 top HealthSouth employees, including all five of the company’s former chief financial officers, in just over seven weeks.The New York Times, May 11, 2003
As United States Attorney, Alice led Alabama’s busiest trial district supervising a staff of over 100. She created the North Alabama Public Corruption Task Force which obtained over 125 convictions of public and elected officials. She supervised the Health Care Fraud Task Force which recovered almost $1B in civil and criminal health care fraud litigation. Other areas of focus included economic crime, domestic terrorism (prosecution of Eric Robert Rudolph), narcotics trafficking, money laundering, environmental and civil rights cases. Alice was appointed by United States Attorney General John Ashcroft to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee – a panel of 17 US Attorneys that advise the General and help carry out the President’s national goals. She was selected to Co-Chair the Health Care Fraud Advisory Committee for the Department of Justice. The Corporate Crime Reporter named Alice a “Top 10 Corporate Crime Prosecutor” in the United States in 2004, and the IRS awarded her the Director’s Award (highest non-IRS employee award honor) for her work in the prosecution of HealthSouth Corporation, a $2.8B accounting fraud.
As Chief Deputy Attorney General, Alice led Alabama’s Office of the Attorney General with a staff of over 180 in the successful prosecution of public corruption; DTPA – consumer frauds; civil defense of state agencies; and health care and pharmaceutical fraud under the Alabama Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. As legislative liaison she advanced the Attorney General’s legislative agenda through drafting and advocating for passage of several pieces of legislation. She is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and holds the CFE designation.
[S]he became the first federal prosecutor to enforce a provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley law holding top executives responsible for the earnings statements they issue.USA Today, July 2, 2003
Alice began her professional career as a Registered Nurse, and worked in psychiatric nursing at Vanderbilt Hospital and home health nursing during law school. As a former Registered Nurse, and health care fraud prosecutor and defense attorney, she brings a unique perspective on issues that face today’s health care providers and entities. She has represented health care providers in matters ranging from professional liability to regulatory compliance matters. She is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association in health care compliance (CHC) and health care privacy (HCPC). She has in house experience in health care compliance as Vice President of Ethics and Compliance for a multi-state hospital management company (formerly RegionalCare Hospital Partners now LifePoint), and served as Interim Compliance Officer for WakeMed Health & Hospitals in North Carolina during its Corporate Integrity Agreement with the US Department of Justice.
In addition to legal and compliance work in the public and private sectors, Alice is a former Circuit Court Judge in Alabama having presiding over civil and criminal jury trials. She is a certified civil mediator and domestic mediator.
Ms. Martin received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (B.S.N.) and worked as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) in adult psychiatry. Upon entering law school, she worked as a home health R.N. and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Alabama Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association
Tennessee State Bar
American Health Lawyers Association, Member & Speaker
American Bar Association, Health Law Section
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), Member & Speaker
Health Care Compliance Association (CHC, CHPC), Member & Speaker
Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Member & Speaker
Northern District of Alabama – White-Collar Defense Section
National Association of Former U. S. Attorneys – Former Director
- Internal investigation for various health care providers regarding Anti-Kickback, Stark Law and related issues
- Internal investigation for Biotechnology company in a sexual harassment investigation leading to employee resignation and no litigation against employer
- Internal investigation for health care provider relating to chief executive’s conduct
- Internal investigation for regional developer connected with state housing authority investigation
- Defended national compounding pharmacy in civil and criminal federal investigation
- Defended multiple private and government hospitals and medical providers in medical malpractice litigation
- Defended major asbestos manufacturer in product liability litigation
- Prosecuted $2.8B accounting fraud of HealthSouth with conviction of 17 executives, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
- Prosecuted state consumer fraud cases resulting in largest settlements in Alabama history
- Compliance consultant conducting compliance risk assessment and program evaluation
- Compliance consultant serving as Interim Compliance Officer for health care entity under DOJ ordered monitorship under Corporate Integrity Agreement
- Compliance due diligence contract reviews during acquisition process which showed Anti-Kickback/Stark violations with self-disclosure to regulators and no criminal charges
- Directed successful prosecution of 125+ state and local officials in federal public corruption convictions of mail, bank, and wire fraud; Hobbs Act; conspiracy and state ethics charges
- Directed successful prosecution of environmental crimes and OSHA criminal violations
Select Invited Presentations at National/Regional Meetings
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners: Annual Global Fraud Conference June 2017 (Nashville), Collaborating with State AG’s in Fraud Investigations
- Society of Business, Industry and Economics: 19th Annual Academic Conference April 2017. Keynote Speaker: Federalist on Trial – AG Policymaking through Litigation
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners: Annual Global Fraud Conference June 2015 (Baltimore), How an Effective Compliance Program Can Reduce the Guidelines for Federal Fines
- Health Care Compliance Association: Annual Compliance Institute April 2015 (Orlando), Civil Investigative Demands in Health Care Fraud Investigations
- Health Care Compliance Association: Annual Compliance Institute April 2015 (Orlando), Conducting Risk Assessments
- Health Care Compliance Association: Audit & Compliance Committee Conference 2015 (Scottsdale), Keynote: HealthSouth —Analyzing Board Failure Through the Fraud Triangle
- Health Care Compliance Association: Annual Compliance Institute March 2014 (San Diego), Staying Ahead of the OIG: Best Practices for Compliance in the New World of Enforcement
- SAI Global: January 2014 webinar – Three Hot Topics to Review as You Consider Your Compliance Program Updates for 2014
- American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living: Annual Conference 2013 (Phoenix), Seven Pillars of an Effective Compliance Program
- American Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administration: Annual Conference 2013 (Washington), Staying Ahead of the OIG, Best Practices in Exclusion Screening
- Tennessee Bar Association: Criminal Law Forum 2012 (Nashville),An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: The Benefits of an Effective Compliance Program
- Society of Tennessee CPAs: Healthcare Conference 2012 (Nashville), Why Regulators Are Knocking, and What They Examine in Your Compliance Program
- GSMI’s Governance Risk Management & Compliance Summit: Annual Conference 2012 (Chicago), If the Regulators Knock, What Will They Look For?
- SAI Global: Compliance360 Customer Conference 2012 (Atlanta), Keynote: Demonstrating Compliance Efforts to Regulators & Prosecutors
- University of Alabama School of Law: CLE Healthcare Series 2011 (Birmingham), Healthcare Fraud Annual Update
- University of Alabama School of Business: J. Craig Smith Lecturer 2010 (Tuscaloosa), Business & Ethics: Choosing the Ethical Path
- American Bar Association: White Collar Conference 2009 (Birmingham), Public Corruption & Contractors
- Society of Corporate Secretaries: Annual Meeting 2007 (Boulder), Red Fraud Flags for Directors
- American Bar Association: National Institute on White Collar Crime 2006 (San Francisco), Lessons Learned from HealthSouth
- American Bar Association: Conference on Environmental Law 2006 (Washington), McWane Prosecution
- American Health Lawyers Association: Annual Meeting 2005 (San Antonio), Keynote, Prosecution of HealthSouth – Civil and Criminal