Seasoned Trial Lawyer Joins Day Pitney in Boston

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 01:00

Day Pitney LLP announced today that another lateral partner has joined the firm's growing Boston office. Trial lawyer Barry Klickstein comes to Day Pitney from Duane Morris LLP.

Mr. Klickstein is a well-regarded trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience handling complex business and commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. He has particular experience handling cases involving corporate control, minority stockholder suits and securities matters.

Mr. Klickstein is the third partner to join the firm's Boston office this year. Litigator William S. Rogers Jr. came to the firm in June and IP partner Carrie Webb Olson joined the firm in August.

White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations partner Stan Twardy is leading a team of Day Pitney attorneys chosen by the United States Justice Department to monitor WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare, based in Tampa, is a $6.5 billion managed care company. It operates a variety of Medicare health insurance and prescription drug programs nationwide, and Medicaid plans in seven states, including Florida, Georgia, New York, and Hawaii. In late October 2007, some 200 federal and state agents conducted a raid of WellCare's corporate headquarters.

In January 2008, WellCare's CEO, CFO, and General Counsel all left the company. The Board appointed a new senior management team and in May, 2009, after lengthy negotiations, WellCare resolved the investigations by the Department of Justice and Florida's Attorney General's office by entering in to a joint Deferred Prosecution Agreement.

In addition to imposing fines, restitution and other payments totaling $80 million, the Deferred Prosecution Agreement required the appointment of a monitor to oversee WellCare's compliance with all of its legal obligations during an 18-month term. WellCare proposed Day Pitney and several other national firms as potential monitorship candidates to the Tampa U.S. Attorney's office. One team assigned to WellCare includes lawyers and support staff from many Day Pitney's offices and from its White Collar, Health Care, Insurance, and Securities practice groups.