Nathan J. Ward
Nathan J. Ward is an Associate of the Medicare Compliance Group at Burns White, focusing on the resolution of Medicare compliance issues that arise in the settlement of workers’ compensation and general liability claims. Mr. Ward also represents a wide range of healthcare providers in the settlement of Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payer audit disputes.
Prior to joining this group, Mr. Ward provided research, writing, and document review support to attorneys in the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice as a Law Clerk. In addition, he has a wide breadth of project management, quality control, and writing experience stemming from his work with companies in the fields of marketing and technology.
Mr. Ward received his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University in 2012. While at the university, he served as Associate Editor of Juris Magazine and as a Certified Legal Intern for the Bill of Rights Law Clinic, where he was admitted to represent a pro se litigant before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2004, Mr. Ward graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Point Park University.
Areas of Law
- Medicare Compliance
- Workers’ Compensation
- Duquesne University (J.D., 2012)
- Point Park University (B.A., 2004)
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an accounting firm in a restrictive covenant action. The suit claimed that the newly hired employee was barred from joining the firm based on a noncompete agreement with a former employer.
- Counseled client and worked with local prosecutors during the criminal court proceedings in a case in which a former employee was arrested after sending illicit emails and making harassing calls to her former employer.
- Successfully settled a discrimination case for significantly less than the cost of defense in which a service industry company was sued by a former employee claiming he was fired due to his emotional problems.
- Successfully negotiated a settlement for significantly less than the cost of defense on behalf of a recruiting agency sued by a former employee who claimed she was sexually harassed by co-workers. A forensic study of the employee’s computer yielded information that diminished the value of the case.
- Successfully represented a high profile Fortune 100 company in a civil action to recover millions of dollars lost due to an elaborate fraud scheme.
- Represented the limited partner/owner of an apartment building that caught fire severely injuring several people and killing one person. Although the client was not at fault for causing the fire, the claimants sought to obtain recovery from the client’s personal assets. The case reached a settlement that protected the individual owner’s assets.
- Negotiated a special billing arrangement for legal services performed on behalf of a client with whom the firm had worked for many years. The client, a trade industry management company, had purchased an expensive software design package to run its business. The software did not work and the client sued the manufacturer seeking reimbursement for the cost of the software package. The case successfully settled through mediation and the client was reimbursed for the cost of the software package.
- In a business break-up, successfully defended an injunction action brought by the ousted shareholder.
- Obtained a summary judgment in a federal court matter on behalf of a healthcare defendant in a matter where a former employee was asserting claims under the ADA, the ADAAA and FMLA.
- “Taking the Odds—Why Doubling Down on Legalized Gambling was a Winning Bet for PA,” Juris Magazine, Spring 2012
- “The Nancy Grace Effect—How the media molds public perception of the criminal justice system,” Juris Magazine, Winter 2011
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