Holly Logan, chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations department, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Iowa State Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar in Des Moines. The annual seminar brings together attorneys from across Iowa who practice in federal court, as well as federal judges.
Holly’s panel also featured Peter Deegan, Jr., US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, Marc Krickbaum, US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, and James Whalen, the Federal Public Defender for the State of Iowa. Peter and Marc discussed new enforcement and charging policies implemented by the Trump administration and James spoke about his reaction to the policies. Holly contributed her white collar criminal defense perspective. The opioid epidemic and violent crime are two areas of primary focus by the US Attorneys’ Offices in Iowa.
For the many hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and other medical providers the firm represents, the new focus on the opioid epidemic is important to note. Any professionals or entities prescribing or distributing opioids should take extra precautionary measures to ensure they are not contributing to the crisis and that they have proper reporting policies should they suspect or become aware of improper procedures or abuse. Holly and the Davis Brown health law department work with clients daily on preventing and responding to issues before they become criminal matters.