Richard Westling
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Health
  • Litigation
  • Taxation

Practice/Organization Description

A former federal prosecutor, my practice focuses on the defense of government investigations with a particular emphasis on health care matters. I also frequently represent clients in cases involving tax controversies, securities fraud, environmental crimes and asset forfeiture.

I am a Partner in Waller, Lansden's Trial and Appellate Practice Group. I have experience, both as a government attorney and in private practice, in matters involving health care fraud, compliance and related litigation. I also have an extensive background in handling criminal and civil tax controversies, securities fraud, environmental crimes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, public corruption matters, and asset forfeiture cases.

Immediately prior to joining Waller, Lansden, I chaired the Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Previously, I served as the General Counsel of a Medicare Advantage HMO and operated my own law firm where I focused on the defense of complex criminal and civil enforcement matters. Earlier in my career, I spent seven years as a federal prosecutor serving as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the Justice Department’s Tax Division in Washington, D.C. and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

I am experienced courtroom advocate, having tried twenty federal cases to verdict before juries in five states, argued twelve cases before federal appeals courts and handled dozens of contested hearings before federal judges.

Bar Admissions

Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuits; United States District Courts for the Districts of Maryland; the District of Columbia; Eastern, the Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; the Eastern District of Texas and the District of New Jersey


Tulane University Law School, J.D. 1988

Sewanee-The University of the South, B.A., 1985

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Health Lawyers Association

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