A. Brian Albritton, former Middle District of Florida U.S. Attorney, has joined Phelps Dunbar as a partner in the Tampa office, the firm said in a release.
Albritton served as the top prosecutor from 2008 until last month when his successor, Robert O’Neill, was sworn in. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, he was a partner at Holland & Knight.
Full release after the jump – LN
Former United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton Joins Phelps Dunbar’s Tampa Office
Phelps Dunbar LLP announces today that A. Brian Albritton, former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, has joined the firm as a partner in the Tampa office.
Mr. Albritton will focus his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, white collar crime, defending regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations.
Mr. Albritton comes to Phelps Dunbar after serving as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida from October 2008 until October 2010. Stretching from the Georgia border above Jacksonville, through Orlando and Tampa, to south of Naples, the Middle District of Florida is among the largest and busiest districts in the nation. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Albritton supervised the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters involving the federal government in the District. Under Mr. Albritton’s leadership, the District substantially increased its white collar prosecutions, and it gained national recognition for its “Mortgage Fraud Surge” initiative. During his tenure, Mr. Albritton emphasized vigorous civil and criminal prosecution of health care fraud, and he worked to establish the Tampa Division’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force (the “HEAT Team”) and to resolve United States v. WellCare Health Plans, Inc., one of the largest healthcare fraud cases nationwide in 2009. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney in 2008, Mr. Albritton was an equity partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, and he practiced in the firm’s Tampa office for 18 years.
Michael D. Hunt, firm managing partner of Phelps Dunbar, stated, “We are very pleased to have Brian join the firm. Brian’s knowledge and experience navigating complex legal issues and federal investigations will be a huge asset to our clients, especially in the areas of white collar defense, health care, Civil False Claims Act litigation, and other industries subject to heightened regulatory enforcement.”
“I am extremely proud of my service to the United States and all that we were able to accomplish during my tenure as U.S. Attorney,” said Mr. Albritton. “One of the reasons I joined Phelps Dunbar was due to the opportunity to develop a regional white collar practice and work with another former U.S. Attorney. The firm has an excellent reputation and has built a very special group in Tampa.”
“Welcoming an attorney of Brian’s caliber to the Tampa office adds great depth to our firm,” said Lawrence P. Ingram, managing partner of the firm’s Tampa office. “Brian is equally at home litigating a complex commercial case or defending a white collar matter, and he enjoyed a great reputation as the leader of one of the nation’s largest U.S. Attorney offices. He will certainly help build the firm’s white collar practice.”
A native of Tampa, Mr. Albritton graduated with honors from Boston College Law School in 1988 and obtained a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1982. He received his B.A. from New College of the University of South Florida. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to United States District Judge William Terrell Hodges of the Middle District of Florida.
The addition of Mr. Albritton brings the total number of Phelps Dunbar attorneys in the Tampa commercial litigation practice group to 15, comprised of seven partners, one counsel attorney and seven associates. Since 2001, the Tampa office has grown from six attorneys to 49 that handle a wide variety of legal matters in numerous client service areas. Mr. Albritton is the second partner in as many months to join the Phelps Dunbar Tampa office.