Michele L. Adelman

Partner - Boston

Michele Adelman brings over a decade of state and federal prosecutorial experience to her counsel of corporations, officers, directors and other individuals in government investigations - including criminal, civil, regulatory, and Congressional investigations - and related complex civil litigations. Michele has successfully defended individuals, corporations and non-profit and for-profit institutions facing allegations of securities fraud, such as insider trading, market manipulation and false representations, healthcare fraud, such as illegal kickbacks and off-label drug promotion, FCPA violations, and various other criminal statutes.

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  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.

Representative Experience

  • Defended electric power plant in environmental criminal investigation
  • Defended hedge fund in money laundering investigation
  • Defended CEO in wide-ranging FCPA investigation
  • Defended major hedge funds in insider trading investigations by the SEC and U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Represented a public company in an internal investigation involving potential federal securities law violations
  • Defended financial firms and several individuals in wide-ranging investigations and prosecutions by the Massachusetts Securities Division
  • Defended a nationally recognized non-profit institution, a large public company, an insurance company, and several pharmaceutical companies in congressional investigations
  • Defended a major pharmaceutical company in federal anti-kickback and off-label investigations
  • Defended a major real estate developer in a federal healthcare fraud investigation
  • Defended several senior pharmaceutical company executives in various federal healthcare fraud investigations
  • Defended a Medicaid-funded adult care facility and its owner in prosecutions brought by the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
  • Defended a financial and pharmaceutical companies in wide-ranging investigations by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • Helped a public company recover millions of dollars in environmental defense and indemnification costs through litigation with its insurers
  • Helped clients develop cost-effective strategies to comply with subpoenas requiring the production of voluminous electronic documents

Professional Experience

  • Served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Guest lecturer on white collar criminal investigations at the MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Served as a moot court judge in trial advocacy courses for state prosecutors 

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  • Law Review
  • Order of the Coif


  • Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Steering Committee
  • Member of the CJA Panel, District of Massachusetts
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • The Boston Club, Corporate Board Committee
  • Womenade
  • Panel Moderator: "Healthcare Fraud 2016: Government and Defense Perspectives," Boston Bar Association (May 2016)
  • Presenter: "HIPAA Crimes: How the New Crime Wave Affects You,"  Foley Hoag LLP Webinar (May 2016)
  • Panel Moderator: “The Supreme Court Denies Cert after the Second Circuit’s Decision in Newman: What Does That Mean for Insider Trading Law in the First Circuit?” Boston Bar Association (November 2015)
  • Presenter: "HIPAA Criminal Liabilities: How Medical Staff Can Land in Jail When They Seek to Profit From Patient Information," Lorman Education Services Webinar (September 2015)
  • Panel Moderator: “Healthcare Fraud 2015: New Approaches and New Developments,” Boston Bar Association (May 2015)
  • Panelist: “Significant Legal Developments – Northeast Region,” ABA Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (March 2015)
  • Panel Moderator: “Healthcare Fraud 2014,” Boston Bar Association (May 2014)
  • Panel Moderator: “Healthcare Fraud 2013: There Are New Sheriffs in Town,” Boston Bar Association (May 2013)
  • Panel Moderator: "Life Sciences Industry – Managing Increasing Legal Risks," Boston Bar Association (November 2012)
  • Panel Participant: "Expert Networks Roundtable," Foley Hoag LLP and Deloitte (March 2011)
  • Panel Moderator: "What To Do When You Meet the Massachusetts Securities Division - A Defense Lawyer's Perspective," Boston Bar Association (December 2010) 
  • Panel Participant: "Managing, Defending and Curtailing Whistleblower and Relator Allegations," ACI Off-Label Communications CLE (July 2010) 
  • Panel Moderator: "Insider Trading Enforcement in the Post-Galleon Era -- Changes to Think About," Boston Bar Association (April 2010) 
  • Panel Participant: "Insider Trading Enforcement in the Post-Galleon Era," Foley Hoag LLP (December 2009) 
  • Panel Participant: "The New Massachusetts Regulations Mandating Disclosure of Payments by Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies: What will be disclosed? How will this data be collected? How will this change things?," Criminal Law and Health Law Sections, Boston Bar Association (October 2009) 
  • Panel Participant: New Massachusetts Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Conduct Rules, Foley Hoag LLP (April 2009) 
  • Panel Moderator: "Spotlight on Hedge Funds - From Madoff to Short Selling," Boston Bar Association (February 2009)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit