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Department of Justice Announces Task Force to Combat Prescription Opioid Crisis


HHS declares opioid overuse as a public health emergency.

The Department of Justice Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force was created with the mission of combatting the prescription opioid crisis. This task force will hold those accountable for unlawful conduct at any place in the distribution of opioids, using any criminal and civil enforcement tools available to them. This white paper reviews this important step and discusses how it may develop into better oversight and far-reaching civil and criminal prosecutions.



Justin M. Burns

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Justin M. Burns is an associates in the Columbus, OH office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. Justin built a unique skillset for presenting both written and oral argument after years of public speaking and facilitating various programs across the country. He understands the power of argument is only useful if the judge or jury receiving that argument understands the message and can identify with its result.

Before joining Dinsmore, Justin served as a federal judicial law clerk (staff attorney) for Brian S. Miller, chief judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. As a federal clerk, he managed part of a busy civil and criminal docket, which included researching the law, reviewing filings from parties and advising the judge on matters before the court. Justin researched and drafted court orders addressing all stages of civil and criminal litigation, with topics including federal civil rights litigation, nationwide class actions, matters of first impression in intellectual property disputes and Fourth Amendment search/seizure matters, and circuit splits involving federal employment laws. His work with the federal judiciary taught him how judges think through decisions and the details they look for when issuing decisions – lessons he relies on each time he appears in court or writes a brief.

Justin’s clerkship was a natural extension of his litigation focus in law school. He graduated with honors from the University of Akron School of Law, where he also received a certificate in litigation. Before finishing law school, he had the opportunity to appear on behalf of a client for the school’s civil litigation clinic before Ohio’s Ninth District Court of Appeals (and won).

D. Michael Crites

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

D. Michael Crites is a partner in the Columbus, OH office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. Michael's practice focuses exclusively on white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation. As the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, he has years of grand jury and litigation experience in federal court and regularly litigates and negotiates global settlements of criminal, civil and regulatory matters on behalf of corporations and businesses throughout the United States.

He counsels and represents corporations, senior corporate executives, boards of directors, elected officials, banks, public and private universities, trucking companies and hospitals in a wide range of federal and state investigations and prosecutions. He has guided his clients through a wide-range of high stakes government investigations, including antitrust, money laundering, environmental crimes, public corruption and campaign finance cases, as well as a number of economic crime and fraud cases relating to health care, transportation, financial, securities, tax, immigration, defense contracts and defense procurement matters. He has also handled Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Federal False Claims Act (FCA) matters, as well as OFAC economic sanctions, Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance.

Mike is frequently called upon by corporate clients to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in the different business sectors in assessing the risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement and advises corporate clients on corporate compliance and voluntary self-disclosure protocols.

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