Polsinelli this week welcomed well-known U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee William C. Killian as shareholder. Killian will add depth and experience to Polsinelli’s national Government Investigations and Compliance-Civil and Criminal Practice, and serve clients nationally out of the firm’s Chattanooga office.
“Polsinelli is a great fit for me, with a reputation in litigation and serving the evolving health care industry,” Killian said. “Joining the firm allows me to have a platform ... (from which I can) focus on critical health care and fraud issues, and I look forward to working with Polsinelli’s highly recognized team of attorneys.”
Killian was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee by President Barack Obama in 2010. As U.S. Attorney, he was responsible for representing the United States and prosecuting federal criminal violations throughout his district, which served approximately 2.6 million citizens across 41 counties. Killian gained expertise representing a number of high profile and complex matters, including financial and health care fraud cases. As U.S. Attorney, he led a team to milestone settlements involving critical issues such as health care fraud, illegal prescription drug distribution, crime, illegal firearms, and more.
Killian will collaborate closely with Polsinelli’s Government Investigations and Compliance-Civil and Criminal Practice, led by Edward F. Novak, and comprised of former federal prosecutors and government regulators. He will work with an array of clients, and focus primarily on health care and health care fraud matters.
“Bill’s depth of experience is both unique and impressive, and we feel fortunate that he’s selected Polsinelli as the next chapter in his decorated career,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “His recent and most notable work as former U.S. Attorney will complement our team of litigators, and he will provide real value for our clients.”
Prior to his work as U.S. Attorney, Killian was a sole practitioner in his law firm in Jasper, Tenn., was city attorney for Monteagle, Tenn., for 21 years, and was the assistant district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District in Tennessee. Throughout his professional career, Killian has also held various teaching positions with colleges and universities in east Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He served in the United States Army and the Tennessee National Guard from December 1970 to January 1973.
Killian earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1973 after completing his B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is a former member of the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates and the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Chattanooga Chapter.
The addition of Killian strengthens Polsinelli’s national Government Investigations and Compliance-Civil and Criminal Practice, which offers a wide range of services, including internal investigations, white collar defense, professional board investigations, customs enforcement, environmental and healthcare matters, commercial litigation, and more.