Jason Mehta - November 2022

The Florida Bar Health Law Section has introduced a new program with Member Spotlights.  Twice a month a member of the Section will be spotlighted on social media outlets after being interviewed by a Spotlight Committee member.  These spotlights are meant to be fun and informal.

We hope this new initiative provides our members an opportunity to collaborate and have access to a virtual rolodex of potential referrals, co-counsel opportunities and new professional relationships.  If you are interested in being spotlighted please contact the Program Administrator.

For the inaugural Member Spotlight, the committee selected Jason Mehta, Chair-Elect of the Section and all-around cool guy.

 

Q: Where do you work and what is your area of health law specialization?

A: I just switched law firms as of October 31 (Spooky!).  I am now at Foley and Lardner in Tampa.  I specialize in government investigations and fraud, waste, and abuse act allegations.  I defend individuals in criminal and civil investigations.

 

Q: What is your highlight reel? Your career defining moment?

A: I served as a long-time federal prosecutor where I focused on healthcare fraud cases.  In my five years as a prosecutor, I recovered more than a quarter of a billion dollars in taxpayer money and prosecuted dozens of individuals.  My defining moment, though, was a trial victory on the other side earlier this year!  After a five-week grueling criminal federal healthcare trial, I—along with my colleagues—secured acquittals for my client accused of running a healthcare fraud scheme.  While the jury deadlocked on some counts, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all counts that they could reach a unanimous verdict.  I was very proud of the result—and even more proud that I survived five weeks of the Buffalo, New York winter!

 

Q: What are you doing when you are not working? What is a unique think about you that has nothing to do with lawyering?

A: I love chasing my six year old son and seven year old daughter around our lawn.  I also love scuba diving, having just returned from cave diving in the cenotes in Mexico.  I proposed to my wife underwater (it helped me avoid having to give a proposal speech!).

 

Q: What do you see as an emerging area/topic?

A: I think telehealth is continuing to explode in popularity—and it will be a key focus of government investigation and scrutiny in the coming months and years.  I think we’d all be well-served to focus on telehealth, as it is the future.