Allison D. Burroughs is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Government Investigations and White Collar Crime practice group. Clients rely on her to represent them in cases and investigations involving federal, state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies including for internal investigations, grand jury investigations, third party subpoenas and related complex civil litigation. Much of her practice focuses on the life sciences industry, with particular emphasis on off-label and related prosecutions and other False Claims Act cases. She also has extensive experience with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Stored Communications Act. Allison is an accomplished courtroom lawyer and has successfully tried many federal cases to verdict. She joined the firm from the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Allison's representative transactions include:
- Representing twenty plus engineers involved with complex civil and criminal litigation arising from a major Boston construction project
- Representing a major pharmaceutical company and numerous employees of other pharma companies in various off-label investigations
- Successfully negotiating the dismissal of federal felony charges against an individual charged with offenses arising from a large scale immigration raid
- Defending an individual charged with perjury
- Defending an international shipping company charged with environmental violations
- Regularly represent service providers and universities with issues arising under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Stored Communications Act
- Negotiated pretrial diversion for individual charged civilly and criminally for assault and related civil rights violations
- Represent numerous individuals and companies in federal criminal and civil investigations focused on off-label promotion, kick backs and pricing issues in the pharma and device industries
- Assist clients with internal investigations and, where appropriate, facilitate referrals to law enforcement
Allison’s leadership role in the business community includes being a member of the Boston Bar Association's Education Committee and the Steering Committee for the Criminal Justice Section. She was appointed to the BBA’s Wrongful Conviction Task Force, as well as the Newton Police Chief Search Committee. She has moderated and participated as a panel member for numerous Bar Association events, including on topics such as computer crime, sentencing, health care and general criminal litigation. Additionally, she was appointed as Special Counsel by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2011 and is currently an appointed member of the First Circuit Rules Advisory Committee.
During her distinguished 16 years with the Department of Justice in Philadelphia and then Boston, Allison developed expertise in investigating sophisticated white collar and economic crimes, including intellectual property offenses, computer crimes, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, economic espionage, terrorism, telemarketing schemes, FCPA violations and complex RICO prosecutions. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, Allison initiated and supervised the computer crime and intellectual property section and managed an outreach program that educated individuals and businesses on preventing and responding to technology related crimes and threats. The Executive Office for United States Attorneys awarded Allison three Director's Awards for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney for significant prosecutions in the areas of computer crime, international money laundering and organized crime.