Thomas J. Poulin, formerly with the Simmer Law Group in Washington D.C., joined Baron & Budd in 2018. Mr. Poulin has been practicing law for over twenty years, representing those victimized by corporate wrong-doing. He brings to Baron & Budd a diverse whistleblower (qui tam) practice targeting a wide array of industries alleged to have committed fraud, including healthcare, financial institutions and private equity firms, as well as recipients of government grants and contracts. Mr. Poulin’s law practice targets brand and generic drug companies, biopharmaceutical companies, specialty, retail and mail-order pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, drug distributors and wholesalers, clinical, pathology and drug testing labs, medical device makers, medical providers, and skilled nursing facilities. The financial institutions on his radar include some of the largest banks and mortgage lenders in the country.

Mr. Poulin also represents whistleblowers in important public policy matters, including, for example United States ex. rel. Ken E. Williams v. City of Brockton & City of Brockton Police Dept., which alleges the misrepresentation of eligibility for grant funding under the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, from which the Brockton Police Department received grants. In a case involving the intersection of whistleblower and civil rights laws, called “groundbreaking” by the Corporate Crime Reporter, Mr. Poulin argues that police departments with a pattern and practice of civil rights abuses can potentially lose federal funding and be forced to repay prior grants, such as those obtained through the COPS program, when they are found to have violated grant eligibility mandates requiring that they comply with civil rights laws. “The False Claims Act has proven highly effective in using the leverage of federal funding to combat illegal behavior in other industries. We believe that it can be equally effective in fighting racially biased policing”, Mr. Poulin says.

Thomas Poulin’s practice also includes representation of Blue Cross Blue Shield and commercial health plans in litigation seeking redress for economic harm caused by healthcare fraud. For example, he is currently representing Medical Mutual of Ohio in a class action alleging fraudulent marketing of testosterone replacement therapy drug products – Medical Mutual of Ohio v. Abbvie, Inc., et al. – which is pending in Chicago federal court. Bringing suit alleging conspiracy and fraud under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Mr. Poulin intends to prove that the defendants fraudulently marketed their testosterone-replacement therapy drugs, causing unnecessary increased payments by Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).

A military veteran, Mr. Poulin served proudly in the United States Air Force as a Communications Security Specialist working at bases under the umbrella of the USAF Strategic Air Command. Charged with maintaining accountability, control and dissemination of classified documents supporting SAC’s mission, he became one of the youngest enlisted personnel to oversee the 2032nd squadron’s COMSEC (Communications Security) vault.

A native New Englander who grew up in rural Maine, Thomas Poulin is the proud father of three grown daughters and recently welcomed his first grandchild. An avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, he finds that frequent trips to Massachusetts to work on his major cases there provide him opportunities to catch a baseball game and spend time with family who live in New England.

Presentations

  • National Whistleblower Summit, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., July 2015. Title was “Follow-up to Ferguson: Can we apply a Civil War-era Law to Today’s Civil Rights Violations?”
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield National Summit, Orlando, Florida, September 2012.  “Paying Special Attention to the Soaring Cost of Specialty Pharmacy”
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Payors, Plans and Managed Care Law Institute 2011, Chicago, 2011, Specialty Pharmacy

Publications:

  • “IRS Whistleblower Provision”, MNCPA Footnote Magazine, December 2007/January 2008
  • “Toward a Code of Conduct on Pharmaceutical Issues”  January 2003.  Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Legal Affairs Bulletin

Education

University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, J.D., 1988

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.A., 1985

Bar and Court Admissions

United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maine

United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second and Third Circuits

United States Tax Court

District of Columbia

Maine

Professional Associations

American Health Lawyers Association

Taxpayers Against Fraud